OBS STUDIO: Which Media Source formats are best for Alpha Transparency? | Performance Tested!

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Today we’re taking a deep dive into Media Sources for OBS – stinger transitions, lower-thirds, webcam frames, intros and BRB screens, etc. – and seeing which codecs and formats perform best while providing minimal impact to your game and stream. Which sources cause the least amount of Render Lag, CPU Usage, or encoding lag? This was a big one.

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TIMECODES:
00:00 Intro & Context
01:23 The Problems w Media Sources
03:16 Media Source vs VLC Media Source
04:05 The most common graphics format (VP9)
05:30 Mezzanine Codecs explained
06:40 What formats should you use?
06:59 Best format for non-transparency graphics
07:17 Best format for graphics with alpha transparency
08:41 Message from Nerd or Die (our sponsor)
09:50 SSD required for these formats
11:22 Budget Streaming Rig Performance Testing
16:55 Batch Scripts for converting to Lossless AVI w Alpha
19:17 Conclusion

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