I often get asked what the best OBS settings are for recording videos. And I guess that is what you’re here for too. So let’s get straight into this.
The settings below are my recommendations, but OBS recording settings vary from one person to the next depending on the computer you are using and the speed of your internet, so you may have to play around with some of the adjustments until you find which work best on your equipment.
Best OBS Settings for Recording Videos
When setting up OBS recording settings, go into Settings>Output and update Output Mode to 'Advanced".
From there, go into the recording tab. This will bring up a list of options. First of all, make sure “type" is set to standard and select a recording path. This is the location where you want to store your screen captures. You do this by creating a new folder on your computer in the usual way. Then all you have to do is select browse and choose the appropriate link.
Update the recording to MP4 and set audio track to 1
If you’ve got a better graphics card than the x264 in OBS settings, select the graphics card you want
Select rate control to CBR and set bitrate to 40000. If you have low-end specs, you will need to downscale bitrate to 15000-25000. If your computer can handle it, you can upscale bitrate.
The last OBS settings to change in this screen are in the Two-Pass Encoding. Set GPU to 0 and B-frames set to 2.
Best audio settings for OBS recording
The first audio setting to change is in the Output menu. Go to the audio tab and set the audio rate to 320 in track one. If you are using more than one track, boost the scale to 320 also. This is typically the best sound, but you may need to adjust settings that work best with your computer.
Then go into the Audio menu from the list on the left. Set the sample rate to the same rate as your microphone.
If you’re using a second desktop device, select it from the relevant field, otherwise keep the setting at disabled.
Then select the microphone you want to record with. Leave all the other settings as they are.
Best Video Settings for OBS Recording
Then go into the video tab from the menu bar on your left
If you’re recording in 1080p leave the base resolution as it is. If the quality of the recording is not good, downscale the resolution to 1280 x 720. Set the output resolution field to the same setting.
If the quality of your video is poor downscale the resolution appropriately. Again, you may need to try several settings until you find the best resolution.
Set the downscale filter to 32 samples
YouTube can handle 60 FPS, but leaving OBS recording settings at 30 FPS is okay too. To save your settings in the video screen click apply.
Advanced Setting for OBS
The last to do when setting up OBS is in the 'Advanced’ menu.
Leave the process priority at above normal and renderer on Direct3D 11
Code format should be set to NV12, YUV color space to 709 and YUV color range to FULL. This will give you the best colour rendering.
Click ok to save the changes and start recording.
Best OBS alternative – Filmora scrn
Although OBS is one of the best free video editing suites available right now, it does have its faults. The biggest problem with OBS is the software is difficult for beginners to use – hence why I get so many people asking me about the best OBS settings for recording.
If you keep running into problems with OBS, try a different video recorder. The best alternative is Filmora scrn. It’s far easier to use than setting up OBS.
One of the best features of Filmora scrn is the program enables you to record from 2 devices simultaneously – your screen and your webcam so if you are hosting a chat show, tutorial or recording a game, you can show viewers your screen and appear in the corner of your screen at the same time. What’s more, it allows you to record at up to 120 fps, which is perfect for recording fast-paced games.
How To Record Screen with Filmora scrn?
Step 1: Get Started
After launching Filmora Scrn, click the Get Started button to setting up the camera recording, audio recording, hotkeys and advanced parameters before recording.
Step 2: Settings
Customize the settings to full screen capture or set a custom size later and choose a frame rate you like, for example 30 fps.
Step 3: Record
To start recording, go into the recording screen and click 'Start Capturing’ or press F10 on your keyboard. Recording will begin after 3-seconds. Press F10 to finish recording.
Step 4: Edit
To edit videos, select “Export all clips to editor." You will automatically be transferred to the video editing suite where you can cut, rotate and scale your clips, add annotations a whole load of other cool features.
Step 5: Export
When you’ve finished editing, click “Export" and select the file format (MP4. MOV, or GIF). Click 'Export' again wait for it to complete then click “Find the target" to locate your file.
Sometimes, you will need to add some transitions, filters or overlays to the recorded videos, you can do some basic video editing such as splitting, cutting and rotating in Filmora Scrn, but if you think the video editing features are limited, you can try Wondershare Filmora9 which has much more presets for Titles & Text, Animations, Effects, and Transitions.
With Filmora9, you can be more creative with its built-in audios and video effects, just download the free trial version now and have a try today.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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