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How to Record in High FPS with OBS?

Some games, such as Minecraft, have crude and fast animations without motion blur. At standard frame rates, viewers often experience choppy videos because such animations lack the flow that is typically expected when items are swung between one frame and the next. This often requires such animations to be recorded at higher frame rates, such as 120 fps or even 180 fps. Subsequently, multiple frames have to be merged in the postprocessing stage, with each frame being the result of several merged frames. The merging of frames results in a motion blur effect and a smoother video that is less choppy. In this article, we will find out how to record videos at high frame rates with OBS.

How to Record at Over 60 FPS In OBS?

Most gamers only require Common FPS Values (30 FPS and 60 FPS) to stream to platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. However, OBS also provides Fractional FPS Value and Integer FPS Value with which users can record at customized frame rates for certain scenarios, such as digitizing old videos.

In the case of Fractional FPS Value, users have to enter a numerator and a denominator. In the case of Integer FPS Value, videos can be streamed or recorded at any value, such as 118.5 frames per second.

These options are available in Settings>Video and can be used as an option to reduce choppiness and increase the fluidity of content.

What Are the Challenges with Streaming and Recording at High Frame Rates?

Although it is possible to stream at high frame rates in OBS, it is not advisable to do so for several reasons.

  • Boosting streams beyond 60 FPS could severely encroach on the bitrate limit that becomes unsustainable without advanced video cards.
  • The internet bandwidth would also become a major bottleneck and streamers may have to rescale the resolution and stream as high as their internet bandwidth can support.
  • While streaming at higher rates, visually intensive scenes can cause sudden spikes in rendering to which video cards might not be able to react quickly enough.
  • The render time for the games and OBS will have to be kept very low. This could require a lot of power to encode the video into a file.
  • If the frame rate of the game is not maintained at the specified level, viewers will see a stutter in the stream.

Apps4Rent Can Help with High FPS OBS Streaming

While recording and streaming videos at frame rates higher than 60 FPS, most users will be operating their hardware at the absolute limits. Even small drops in performance can lead to catastrophic outcomes. Moreover, it might not be feasible to upgrade the hardware for these edge scenarios.

The alternative is to switch to virtual desktops on which resources can be scaled on demand. As a Tier 1 Microsoft CSP and Citrix Partner, Apps4Rent provides virtual desktops customized for OBS streaming built with cutting-edge technology hosted in our top tier SSAE 16 datacenters and Azure. Contact our OBS virtualization experts available 24/7/365 via phone, chat, and email to find out more about our streaming services.

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