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Why does my Stream look Pixelated?

  • 3 December 2019
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I have tried  everything from using x264 to NVENC. Nothing works I’ve messed with the bitrate and CPU usage and can’t find anything to fix it. My upload speed is 23.30Mbps. I use a R7 1800X and a 1080Ti and I also have 16GB of Ram at 2400Mhz. PLEASE HELP. I’ve literally have tried everything….

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Best answer by ghosteez 4 December 2019, 05:12

Hey there @duhYeety 

 

First I’d suggest turning off advanced mode and using simple - any reason you’re using Ultrafast? The faster the CPU preset, the worse quality you will experience. 

 

Please also keep in mind for most games, typically 1080p60 is not realistic with the bandwidth limitations Twitch has, ideally you’d want closer to 8k bitrate, even more for fast-paced games, so while a 1080p60 stream may at times be “crisper” it will typically be more pixelated especially with heavy movement as 6k bitrate isn’t quite enough.

 

As for the dropped frames, if you can provide us the amount that would be helpful, as dropping as low as 3k isn’t typical, we may need to change your ingest server. 

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Userlevel 7

Hey there @duhYeety 

 

We’d need some more information.

 

What is your bitrate, what are you streaming, and at what FPS and what res? 

@ghosteez I’ve been jumping bitrates from 3500 to 6000. and I’m aiming for 1080p60, and I’ve been testing it with PUBG, CS:GO and COD: MW

Userlevel 6

Do you see any error messages in StreamlabsOBS at all when this happens?

 

If so, what do they say?

@Edd only messages i get on the StreamlabsOBS is dropped frames for 3 seconds thats it

Userlevel 6

Hey there @duhYeety Sorry we need a couple more infos, could you screenshot your settings bottom left of Streamlabs obs to :gear: for Video and Output ?
Can you also tell us the percentage of dropped frames you are experiencing please. And if you have any clip or vods showing the issue that would be great.

@Must I don’t have clips cause rookie mistake by not having streams saved on Twitch

Output Settings

 

Video Settings

@Must  I could do a test stream for about 45min with settings so see for drop frames

Userlevel 7

Hey there @duhYeety 

 

First I’d suggest turning off advanced mode and using simple - any reason you’re using Ultrafast? The faster the CPU preset, the worse quality you will experience. 

 

Please also keep in mind for most games, typically 1080p60 is not realistic with the bandwidth limitations Twitch has, ideally you’d want closer to 8k bitrate, even more for fast-paced games, so while a 1080p60 stream may at times be “crisper” it will typically be more pixelated especially with heavy movement as 6k bitrate isn’t quite enough.

 

As for the dropped frames, if you can provide us the amount that would be helpful, as dropping as low as 3k isn’t typical, we may need to change your ingest server. 

@ghosteez  Thanks for the input I’ll try a test stream tomorrow for about a hour and I’ll check it out and see if it helped. And its on Ultrafast just because I’ve been messing around with everything.,

Userlevel 7

Great! Keep us posted. 

@ghosteez  TEST and there is the link to the test stream its a crap fortnite match. and the pixels seem to have gotten better this is with 8000bitrate and veryfast. 

Also whats this that i read the anything over 3500 could be blurry/pixeled for viewers?

Userlevel 4

Having a bitrate above 3500 will not cause your stream to be blurry or pixelated for anyone, the only thing it can do is if you’re not getting the quality options on twitch (if you’re not partner twitch doesn’t always give you the options) then streaming in 1080p60fps with over 6k bitrate can be a lot to handle for viewers who have a low internet speed. So we usually don’t advice to do it for non partner streamers on twitch. But that’s up to you :)

@Katleenz  if I only see a slight difference in quailty from 3500 to 8000 would 3500 be better for a more stable stream

Userlevel 6

Hey again @duhYeety Yes it would be better, I would also suggest to try at 720p output res instead, also the vod you linked doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

Userlevel 6

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