A guide to achieving high quality Recordings

Every since publishing the guide on how to achieve the best possible NVIDIA NVENC quality with FFmpeg 4.3.x and below, people repeatedly ask me what the best possible recording settings are. So today, as a Christmas present, let me answer this question to the best of my knowledge and help all of you achieve a quality you’ve never seen before. Read the full guide here.

The Art of encoding with NVIDIA Turing NVENC

Dual-PC streaming with x264 has been the leader in H264 encoding for streaming for years – up until NVIDIA released their new Turing generation. This new generation of GPUs with a brand new encoder brough comparable quality to x264 medium (or better), has next to no impact on gaming (unlike an NDI-based dual-PC setup) and is much more affordable.

Let’s take a look at the necessary changes to get your NVENC encoding to look comparable to x264 medium (or better).

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These settings are for an older FFmpeg version!

The settings provided here are for FFmpeg 4.3.x and earlier, and OBS Studio currently ships with FFmpeg 4.2.x. FFmpeg 4.4 has different Presets and Tuning values, which by default already reach the quality described here, requiring no additional custom configuration.

Setting up NVENC (for Streaming)

With modern OBS Studio, you have two options: NVENC NVENC H.264 (new) or StreamFXs NVIDIA NVENC H264/AVC (via FFmpeg). The latter has more options to configure, but both will give you comparable quality to x264 medium – as long as you have a Turing GPU encoder. You can check here to see if your GPU has a Turing encoder – note that the GTX 1650 Super also has a Turing encoder.

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Optimizing StreamFX in your OBS Scenes

Performance is important, and even more so in live streaming. Every streamer and content creator absolutely hates it to see the FPS number dip below the configured number – especially if it is a far drop below. But what can you actually do against that as a streamer or content creator?

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How to use the new Nvidia Face Tracking Filter in StreamFX

A short while ago I teased a new filter live on stream, and now that the Nvidia counterpart for it is publicly released I can finally go into more detail on what it does, why it is useful, and how you too can now use it on your Nvidia GeForce RTX hardware.

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