Streamlabs Best Desktop Settings – Dot Esports

Streamlabs desktop is a free open source program that acts as a one stop shop for streamers to record and broadcast their live stream on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, or any other platform of their choice.

The first and most important step is to optimize the program settings to ensure the best possible speed and quality for your hardware. After all, there is no one-size-fits-all formula. Each configuration is different.

This can be done automatically by letting the program scan your internet speed and hardware to determine the best possible settings. However, if you want to fine-tune things yourself, you can too.

To find the settings menu, open Streamlabs Desktop and click on the gear icon, located in the lower left corner of the program. There you will have access to various options that can be used to optimize your stream.

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The best encoder settings

First, we recommend that you select an encoder, which can be done by clicking on the output section in the settings menu.

Streamlabs Desktop offers two types of encoders, software (x264) and hardware (NVENC). The difference is that the software encoder uses the CPU while the hardware encoder uses the GPU. The best depends on your hardware.

The software encoder has better output quality than the hardware encoder, so it is generally the best choice. However, the hardware encoder is a good option for those with particularly powerful GPUs, or for those who want to decrease the CPU workload.

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Best quality and resolution settings

Then, choose your video resolution output, which can be done in the video section in the settings menu.

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Video resolution output plays an important role in determining the quality and performance of your stream. What works best depends on your hardware and internet speed. The higher the resolution, the more demanding the flow will be. Typically, the best setting is to leave the base resolution at 1920x 1080 (1080p) as this will most likely be your screen resolution. However, it’s best to set the output resolution to 1280×720 (720p), as it will still look good without compromising on performance.

You can increase it if your computer and internet speed can handle it, but the improved quality won’t be particularly noticeable to your viewers, nor will it change the overall experience. So while it’s good, it’s not necessary.

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Best CPU Usage Preset

Next, we recommend that you change the CPU usage preset, which can be done in the output section in the settings menu.

Basically, it determines how fast your CPU will encode the video. The faster it goes, the less CPU it will use. Of course, that means it’s best left on “Very Fast”, which hits the mark in terms of performance and quality. It is the default option for a reason.

The best bit rate settings

Streamlabs Desktop now comes with a feature called Dynamic Bitrate, which allows the program to automatically adjust the bitrate based on network stability. It helps ensure that the stream doesn’t drop frames when your internet connection is in trouble.

This is a better option than a static bitrate, which reduces frames as the internet connection becomes unstable to maintain stability at the expense of quality, which most viewers find frustrating. Hence, it is better to turn it on.

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To do this, click on the advanced section in the settings menu and scroll down to the toggle box next to the option that says “Dynamically change bitrate when dropping frames while streaming”, then click on. it. If you prefer to keep a static bitrate, Contraction has a set of guidelines to help you determine what will work best for your needs.

These settings also work when streaming to YouTube and Facebook.

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If you follow these settings, or if you let the program determine them automatically, you will have successfully optimized the program to meet your streaming needs. All that’s left to do now is start streaming!

When you update your hardware, you can always go back and change the settings accordingly to suit your needs. However, these are the perfect place to start and might even be optimal considering how balanced they are.

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