New capabilities for the well-known open-source broadcasting programme OBS Studio include AI-powered virtual backdrops from Nvidia Broadcast that let you adjust your virtual surroundings without requiring a green screen.
Although the function is far from ideal and cannot match the quality of a real green screen, we can testify that it performs admirably. While there is some flickering and feathering as you move, these issues won’t be as visible for streamers who focus their camera on a discrete area of their show. Strong lighting and a background with no obstructions can further enhance the quality.
OBS is a popular streaming tool used by streamers on websites like Twitch and YouTube. Using a virtual green screen in OBS was previously feasible through plugins, but Nvidia Broadcast will make the capability much more widely available. The software may already be loaded on Nvidia RTX graphics cards, and Nvidia Broadcast likewise connects with a wide range of well-liked streaming devices and programmes.
For instance, in July 2022, Corsair added Nvidia Broadcast capabilities to its iCue and Elgato software, enabling users of Corsair or Elgato gear to take use of features like its excellent background noise reduction. Virtual Backgrounds were also made available to the Elgato Camera Hub at this time, giving broadcasters access to Nvidia Broadcast features without opening the software directly.
Only Virtual Backgrounds, a non-Nvidia Broadcast feature, has been introduced to the most recent version of OBS (28.0), but other features, such as support for high-efficiency video coding (HEVC or H.265) and high-dynamic range, are on the way (HDR). According to OBS, this should allow for a 15% improvement in video compression and higher-quality streaming to services that support it. Without a doubt, independent testing will determine if or not this improvement improves performance in the real world.
In order to reduce undesired echoes during your streaming sessions, room echo elimination is also being added to OBS. However, it should be noted that this isn’t labelled as Nvidia Broadcast background noise suppression, therefore it is likely to be a straight OBS function rather than a third-party integration.
The app’s version 28.0, which has been in beta testing since early August, will be made publicly accessible for download at some point today.