Note from the editor: This article is a part of our monthly In the NVIDIA Studio series, which highlights notable artists, provides creative advice, and shows how NVIDIA Studio technology streamlines creative processes.
The Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio’s 10th anniversary and the release of its 28.0 software are being honored in the NVIDIA Studio. Also discussed is how well-known streamer WATCHHOLLIE improves her live streams with OBS and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU on a single PC.
Livestreamers will benefit from new features in the OBS release, which will be accessible later today. These features include native integration of the AI-powered NVIDIA Broadcast virtual background and room echo removal effects, support for high-efficiency video coding (HEVC or H.265), and high-dynamic range (HDR).
Additionally, NVIDIA and Google collaborated to make it possible to transmit live HEVC and HDR material to YouTube utilising the NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC), a piece of technology on GeForce RTX GPUs that manages video encoding without eating up resources in the game.
Two NVIDIA Broadcast capabilities that are only available to GeForce RTX broadcasters have been added to OBS 28.0, which was just released.
Without the use of a real green screen, broadcasters may change or remove their backdrops thanks to AI-powered virtual backgrounds. Unwanted echoes are removed from rooms during streaming sessions. This might be useful if you’re using a desktop microphone or are in a room that has some echo. OBS offers both effects and noise reduction as filters, providing users more flexibility to apply them to different sources.
OBS 28.0 offers 15% better video compression thanks to HEVC support. Users may record material and stream to compatible services like YouTube with greater quality thanks to the implementation, which was created particularly for hardware-based HEVC encoders.
The update now makes it possible to record and broadcast in HDR, which provides a wider variety of bright and dark colours on a display, giving remarkable vibrancy and a significant boost in visual quality.
Users had to disable HDR in the past since 8-bit recordings of 10- or 12-bit HDR video would make it appear washed out. Users may choose to capture or broadcast in SDR or full HDR while keeping HDR on thanks to this upgrade.
More people will benefit from this OBS upgrade as HDR screens become more commonplace and as Windows 11’s new Auto HDR function makes it possible for many games to be presented in a virtual HDR mode.
One of the first platforms to allow broadcasting in HEVC and HDR is YouTube Live. With only a few clicks, platform users may provide higher quality streaming to their viewers.
It’s quick and simple to set up. The “Recording and Streaming with HEVC and HDR” portion of this NVENC OBS tutorial contains instructions.
Visit WATCHHOLLIE in Real Life
WATCHHOLLIE had to learn a completely new manner of producing material when she first launched her channel. Presently, she is training the upcoming generation of streamers and demonstrating how NVIDIA streaming technology improves her productivity.
WATCHHOLLIE, a video editor by trade, tried out a YouTube channel before finding Twitch as an opportunity to get back into gaming. Hollie utilised streaming to remain in touch with pals during the epidemic.
She remarked, “I wanted to get out with friends but I was stuck in an 800-square-foot flat.” I so began streaming every day.
Her streams create a safe space for those in the LGBTQ+ community like herself by promoting inclusion and mental health awareness.
In order to broadcast console games, Hollie’s early streams were straightforward and used OBS on a Mac with an external capture card.
Few individuals showed up, she added, despite her expectation that someone would.
In between freelance video editing jobs, she continued to work on it, inviting friends to watch her streams and offer guidance.
Hollie constructed her first PC using a GeForce RTX 2070 GPU at first, subsequently upgrading to a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU to handle her daily broadcasting schedule. Even with a single-PC configuration like WATCHOLLIE’s, smooth gaming and streaming are possible with maximum speed thanks to NVENC, a discrete encoder found in GeForce GPUs. Higher video quality is also included for recorded videos thanks to NVENC’s sophisticated GPU encoding.