Using OBS – Open Broadcaster Software

1) Download and install OBS for Windows here : ;

2) Open OBS. Click the “Settings” button on the bottom right side of OBS;

3) Select the Encoding and then video encoding section;

4) Quality Balance – 9/10 (for you beast PCs)

5) Max Bitrate (kb/s) – 800 (remember to keep this at about 50-80% of what your upload speed. If your upload bandwidth is max 1Mb/s then Max bitrate shouldn’t be more then 800.

6) Buffer Size (kbit) – Keep this as a 1:1 ratio with your Max Bitrate;

7) Select the Audio Encoding section;

8) Seclect Codec – AAC;

9) Select the Bitrate – 128 (preferably just anything over 96). A max HD quality can be 256.

10)Format – 44.1khz stereo

11) Select Broadcast Settings;

12) Select Mode – Live Stream

13) Streaming Service – Select Custom

14) TYpe : rtmp://

Please notice that for better fast performances and to avoid DNS issues form your local area, we suggest to use the direct address : instead of “” .


For radio only type :


15) Play Path/Stream Key. You need to provide your username and password in the folloeing format :


also here, for better fast performances and to avoid DNS issues form your local area, we suggest to use the direct address : instead of “” .

16) Auto-Reconnect – Check

17) Auto-Reconnect Timeout – 10 Seconds

18) Delay (seconds) – 0 seconds

19) Start Stream Hotkey – Personally I use F9, use whatever you like

20) Stop Stream Hotkey – F8 for me

21) Select Video section;

22) Base Resolution – Select either Monitor or Custom, pick the resolution of your monitor (most of you will be 1920 x 1080

23) Resolution Downscale – Select a resolution downscale of 3. Mostly depend on which quality you like to stream;

24) FPS – 30 FPS is the max. Select one that fits your camera or webcamera needs. Mostly it is 15;

25) Select the Audio section;

26) Microphone/Auxillary Audio Device – From the drop down menu, select your external microphone you wish to use to pick up your voice

27) Use Push-to-talk – Uncheck (you may check this if you wish, but I find people rarely use this when livestreaming)

28) For remaining audio settings, leave them all as default, if you wish to establish a Mute/Unmute Mic Hotkey or Desktop Hotkey then feel free to do that here as well.

29) Select Advanced section:

30) In to General section;

31) Enable “Use Multithreaded Optimizations”;

32) Process Priority Class – Above Normal (Select High Priority if you have an insane Processor);

33) Go to the Video section;

34) X264 CPU Preset – Veryfast (once again if you have at least an i7-2600k/i7-3770k then you can increase your levels here)

35) Leave your remaining advanced settings set to default/unchecked

36) Adding a Scene

A Scene is a dedicated “setup” of video inputs & images you’ve compiled together in the “Sources” menu, selecting between different scenes, allows the broadcaster to take “Intermissions” or maybe showcase a video, by just switching between scenes

•Right Click on the Scenes menu “Add Scene”
•Name your scene appropriately
•Tip – Assign a HotKey to your scenes, to remove yourself from having to have OBS open and manually clicking between them. To add a HotKey, simply right click the Scene, select “Set Hotkey” then input what key you wish to use

41) Adding a Global Sources

•Click “Global Sources” then click “Add”
•Select the input you wish to add (Images, GameCapture, Software)
•Select “Ok” then “Ok”
•Now your that source is permanetly saved in your “Global Sources”, which can be accessed when right clicking the “Sources” box and selecting “Global Sources” from the drop down menu.

42) Adding a Screen Region

This is used for capturing old USB 2.0 External capture devices (such as the Hauppauge) HDPVR or if you wish to just show case your desktop screen or only a particular section of it to your audience

43) OBSScreenCaptureMonitor

•(You can do this for your Global Sources or simply “add source”) Select “ Add Software Capture”
•Name your Source to keep yourself organized neatly
•Monitor Capture – Will capture your entire desktop screen across however many monitors you wish
•Window Capture – Select a specific window (For example, If you wanted to show your Twitter feed to your audience and had TweetDeck then you would select TweetDeck) to showcase
•Sub-Region – This is the equivalancy of Xsplit’s Screen Regioning, Check Sub-Region. Now, the easiest way to get exactly what you want screen captured is to hit the “Select Region” button, to which a full screen white box will appear. Resize and position this box where exactly you want your screen to be capture then simply hit “Enter” or “ESC” then hit “Ok”

44) Adding a Video Capture Device

This is what you will be selecting if you want to be streaming with a capture card, utilize your webcam or Dxtory

45) OBSConsoleStreaming2

•(Once again do this in Global Sources or just right click Add Video Capture Device)
•Select your capture card/webcam from the “Device” drop down menu
•Custom Resolution – Check
•Resolution – 1280 x 720 (this will recognize your device AND since you’re going to be more than likely streaming at 720p, you’ll want the matching resolution of your source)
•FPS – 30 or 60 (personal preference, not all games look good at 60FPS)
•Use Output Format – Check “YV12”
•Sound – Select “Output sound to stream only”
•Once you’ve hit “Ok” and your Capture Device is now enable, make sure to hit “CTRL + F” to “Fit to Screen”
•Note – For things like Webcams, you can click “Edit Scene” which will then highlight your source in the preview with a red border, you can then adjust the size and position of where you want it placed manually.

46) Going Live!

Before we go live, make sure you check everything you do using the “Start Preview” function, this is a great feature of OBS, once everything is to your likely then simply hit the “Start Streaming” button (or if you enable a Start Stream HotKey you can hit that)

47) Going Offline

Just as easy as it was to go live, simply hit the same button, which will say “Stop Streaming” and just like that, it’s all over.