How to Increase OBS Video Recording Quality?

Video recording has become an essential part of our lives, whether you are a gamer or a content creator. OBS Studio is a popular open-source software that helps you record and stream your videos.

However, sometimes the video quality can be poor, which can be frustrating for both the creator and the viewers. In this tutorial, we will show you how to increase OBS video recording quality with some simple steps.

Step 1: Choose the right resolution and FPS

The first step in improving your video quality is to choose the right resolution and FPS (frames per second). These settings determine how clear and smooth your video will look. Higher resolutions and FPS result in better quality but require more processing power from your computer.

To change these settings in OBS Studio, go to Settings > Video. Choose the Base (Canvas) Resolution based on your monitor’s resolution. For example, if your monitor is 1080p, set the Base Resolution to 1920×1080.

Next, choose the Output (Scaled) Resolution based on your desired output quality. If you want to record at 720p, set it to 1280×720. If you want to record at 1080p, set it to 1920×1080.

Finally, choose the FPS based on your computer’s capabilities and desired output quality. Ideally, use 30FPS for smoother playback or 60FPS for higher quality playback.

Step 2: Adjust bitrate settings

The bitrate determines how much data is used per second of video recording. Higher bitrates result in better quality but require more processing power from your computer.

To change these settings in OBS Studio, go to Settings > Output. Under Output Mode select Advanced mode. Then under Streaming tab change Bitrate according to your internet speed or under Recording tab change it according to your system capabilities.

Step 3: Use the right encoder

OBS Studio offers two types of encoders, x264 and NVENC. x264 is a software encoder that uses your CPU for encoding while NVENC is a hardware encoder that uses your graphics card for encoding.

If you have a powerful CPU, use x264 for better quality. If you have a powerful graphics card, use NVENC for better performance. Then under Streaming tab change Encoder to x264 or NVENC according to your system capabilities.

Step 4: Optimize audio settings

Audio is an essential part of any video recording. To optimize your audio settings in OBS Studio, go to Settings > Audio and choose the right microphone or audio source.

You can also adjust the Audio Bitrate and Sample Rate based on your desired output quality. Generally, a bitrate of 128kbps and sample rate of 44.1kHz is enough for good quality audio.

Step 5: Use filters

Filters can help enhance your video quality further by adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, and other settings.

To add filters in OBS Studio, click on the + icon under the Filters section on the right side of the screen. Then select the filter you want to add and adjust its settings based on your requirements.

Conclusion

By following these simple steps, you can significantly improve the quality of your OBS video recordings. Remember to choose the right resolution and FPS, adjust bitrate settings and use the right encoder.

Additionally optimizing audio settings and using filters can enhance your videos even further. Happy recording!