How can I get my Macbook Pro 16 to stream and record 1080p 60fps

Nass86

Member
Also test this.

change the 60fps to 30 FPS

1080p @ 6000 Kbps

you don’t need 60fps as you are not gaming. The above settings could actually sharpen the picture quality.

Change the OBS IOS cam to 1080p 30fps also and run tests on the bitrate 20,000, 25,000, 30,000 as sometimes it goes blocky when trying too hard. Especially at 60fps.
60fps is just for gamers really. Netflix is 24fps!
 

Yetisbreda

New Member
Did some testing and think the settings 1080p at 30 fps went pretty well. Unfortinutly we had to stream from mobile because the fiber was down.

from 50m. we stopt and started again at 720p.
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Nass86

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I'm testing similar things to you at the minute.

What is abundantly obvious is that as soon as you go past around 4500kbps, a portion of your viewers get 'buffering' issues and either complain to you and leave or (more commonly...) just leave. It's either because they are in a network that is shared with other people and devices, netflix etc, or they are walking around on 4G / LTE and the signal strength goes up and down. Or their hardware just can't handle it, they have too many browser tabs open, etc etc etc.

I've stumbled across a few people stating the benefits of 864p to resolve this issue and have nice high streaming quality for viewers so I have recommend you also try these two scenarios. This avoids the need for just going over the 4500kbps threshhold @ 6000kbps for 1080p.

1) The H264 AMD GPU Hardware method

VIDEO
Base Canvas 1920 x 1080
30FPS
No Downscaling settings here (see Streaming)

OUTPUT
-STREAMING
Apple H264 Hardware VT (AMD Graphics)
Downscale to 1536 x 864
Lancozos Sharpened Filter (32 or 36)

Streaming Bitrate 4301 kbps

Lancozos Sharpened downscaling is best for in-person video but not so good for fast paced gaming.

Audio Quality 320kbps if you want the highest audio quality but you can easily lower this to 192 or 256kbps

2) The x264 CPU method
You could try and use x.264 instead of Apple VT Hardware AMD on the Output. Apparently, the AMD Graphics are really only very good performers when recording above 10,000kbps but smaller bitrates required for streaming are not so great to look at.

To do this, you'd need to set everything up so there is no Downscaling and try some tweaks at the bottom of this post.

In order to give your audience a lower enough bitrate so that people can watch it streamed live (the max is around 4500kbps) I recommend the following:

VIDEO (BASE AND DOWNSCALE)
1536 x 864 Base
1536 x 864 Downscale
(ie No Downscaling)
30 Frames Per Second

STREAMING
ENCODER
x264 (your CPU)
No Downscaling
Stream Bitrate 4301kbps (this was calculated based on the link at the bottom of this page)
Keyframes 2
Profile High

Extra tweaks for Mac that take up CPU / RAM
- Ensure everything else is closed ESPECIALLY Chrome.
- Remove items from the desktop and put them somewhere else
- Remove as many Apps from the Dock
- Shrink the OBS screen down so that the Preview video is smaller (this uses up less CPU)
- Remove your Recent Items (Apple logo top left corner, RECENT ITEMS, CLEAR MENU

All of these numbers are based on this calculator.

If the above works better in terms of video quality and frame rate for your viewers, you could consider using a separate login to your mac with the above set up (empty desktop, nothing in the Dock bar etc) so you can use your laptop generally as you would prefer to work when you are not streaming.

I've given you these options in the hope of finding a sweet spot as yours will be different to others and I've recently learned about 1536 x 864 x 30fps being great for viewing.

Let me know how you get on :)
 
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Yetisbreda

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Thanks for the feedback, this afternoon we are going to try the settings bellow.
 

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Yetisbreda

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Just got a camera of a mate (canon eos 6d) and used these settings

here is the link tot the video:

Think this went pretty well!
 

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Nass86

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Just got a camera of a mate (canon eos 6d) and used these settings

here is the link tot the video:

Think this went pretty well!
Nice

I feel like the camera itself could give you some better visual quality in the settings too, but I don't know about the model/menu available.

If it lets you get 1080p (OBS will downscale but 1080p to 864 looks better than the other way around and upscaling)

It might have some settings related to exposure or presets you can try that will make it brighter /cleaner.

I'm also wondering if you can point the camera at the ice towards the goal (if you are sat in the middle) and tell it to focus there. Or, the other way, focus on some ice closer to you. But that will make the distant players pixelate. Better still, if it will autofocus correctly or you do it manually yourself, it will look better.

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On a separate note, you can go way higher (20,000kbps) if you are recording. Your system might let you stream lower kbps and record at 20,000kbps at the same time. Downscaling the Stream so it is viewable by the masses but saving a larger file to upload to youtube later in full 1080p

I don't know why I just thought of that now but you will definitely need a macbook charger on you to do that.
 

StreamPanel

New Member
I use OBS all the time with my Mac (streaming 1080p 60 & 30). And I have streamed & recorded. This is on a 6-year old MacBook Pro 15"

If you're having encoding lags, try turning OFF Studio Mode.
What encoding speed is this? "Faster"? I have an M1 Macbook that is supposed to be elite, and can't even do 720p60 on fast. I can do 720p60 on slow on my PC without issue.
 

Nass86

Member
Hey @StreamPanel if you want to paste me your settings in here I might be able to help. I have experience running streams on both.

does your MacBook come with an AMD graphics card too or just intel graphics alone?

send screen shots of OBS settings.
 

twindux

Member
What encoding speed is this? "Faster"? I have an M1 Macbook that is supposed to be elite, and can't even do 720p60 on fast. I can do 720p60 on slow on my PC without issue.
Hey @StreamPanel if you want to paste me your settings in here I might be able to help. I have experience running streams on both.

does your MacBook come with an AMD graphics card too or just intel graphics alone?

send screen shots of OBS settings.
M1 comes with its own integrated on-die GPU, which in every other review has proven to be really fast.
 

twindux

Member
What encoding speed is this? "Faster"? I have an M1 Macbook that is supposed to be elite, and can't even do 720p60 on fast. I can do 720p60 on slow on my PC without issue.
here are my settings...YoutTube live 1080p60 on a 6-year old MB Pro 15"

Now, I know your M1 has an integrated on-die GPU, so you'll have to ask one of the other folks on here what settings they're using. But I have read plenty of folks running OBS on their M1

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Djhifi

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Anyone have a m1 macbook pro with multiple camera running? I cannot add a 2nd source. 1 camera runs fantastic though 1080p 60fps 320k audio 5000kps. They are logictech web scams on a usb3.0 hub and USB c adapter
 

Nass86

Member
I have heard people agree and disagree with what I will say below:

On Mac if you have bought 2 x webcams that are exactly the same make and model the Mac and OBS can have trouble making those work. Whether they carry just the name name or some kind of hardware ID, I don’t know why this is.

So, for example, if you have Logitech c920 twice, you could sell one c920 and buy a Logitech c922 (or another brand all together).
 

ahuewave

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Truly appreciate you for sharing this! Wow this was the best set up with my 2013 MB Pro 13in 16 gb ram intel graph card I have been able to run so far. Very little rendering lag and little skipped frames and cpu is around 30%. It is tough because I dont want to switch from Macs but want a smooth livestreaming set up with multi cameras and overlays and for gaming as well. Would love to hear your suggestions and would even donate! Looking for the most minimal and most capable, got a gh4 as a camera and a go pro 9 and blackmagic ultrastudio mini recorder and a yamaha mg10xu as the audio capture for multi mics and a roland keyboard, me and the wife doing gaming livestreams and she doing piano lessons as well as playing songs for fun. Thank you in advance anyone who sees this and is willing to help. Wish you all the best
 

Tangential

Member
Anyone have a m1 macbook pro with multiple camera running? I cannot add a 2nd source. 1 camera runs fantastic though 1080p 60fps 320k audio 5000kps. They are logictech web scams on a usb3.0 hub and USB c adapter
I have an M2 mini and I have 2 cameras running. One is a Logitech c-920 webcam and one is an Elgato CamLink 4K. No issues at all
 
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