Streaming and recording will put some amount of strain on any computer, and this is especially true if you're trying to do both on the same machine that you play games on. But even if you don't have the most up-to-date rig with the latest specs, there are still some tweaks you can try to help improve your broadcast.

Read: What are the system requirements?

Below are some sample settings that try and tax your system as little as possible so you're still able to stream and record with Gamecaster. If in your testing you find that your computer or internet can handle heavier settings, feel free to bump up your Frame Rate and Bitrate numbers for better quality for your footage.

If you're streaming:

  1. Go to Settings > Streaming and set your preference to Custom.

  2. Lower your Resolution to 720p or 480p.

  3. Change your Codec to x264. If you have an NVIDIA video card, select NVENC instead.

  4. Set your Frame Rate to 30.

  5. Set your Bitrate to 3000 or 2500.

If you're recording:

  1. Go to Settings > Recording and set your preference to Custom.

  2. Lower your Resolution to 720p or 480p.

  3. Change your Codec to x264. If you have an NVIDIA video card, select NVENC instead.

  4. Set your Frame Rate to 30.

A few extra tweaks:

  1. Try to have as few Widgets as possible in your scene as these may take up system resources.

  2. Turn on Potato PC Mode in your Scene Properties when you open up Scene Editor.

  3. Disable Live Preview in the main Gamecaster window.

Do take note that no two PCs are alike, and there are a lot of variables that can affect your streaming and recording performance. Your mileage may vary even when using the above settings.

Read: What settings should I be using for streaming?

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