XSplit Gamecaster FAQ

Can I manually set a resolution and bitrate for live streaming?

Yes, you can manually set a resolution and bitrate for live streaming but be warned that you may need to do a bit of experimentation to find out what’s appropriate for your setup. If you do not want to deal with the technical details for resolution and bitrate, please use advanced mode instead.

You may select from one of the preset resolutions ranging from 240p to 1080p (these are 16:9 resolutions which are generally compatible with the supported streaming services; YouTube Live does not support 540p). If the resolution you select consumes too much CPU power, try the next lower resolution (e.g. if 720p is too much for your CPU, try 540p) until you find one that your CPU can handle.

These are the recommended and minimum bitrates for the preset resolutions. If the recommended bitrate is too much for your available internet bandwidth, you can start with the minimum bitrate and adjust it upwards from there:

Resolution240p
360p480p540p720p1080p
Recommended Bitrate (Kbps)
3506501100135023004500
Minimum Bitrate (Kbps)20040060075013002850

To manually set the resolution and bitrate, click on the Settings Tab then select a Custom resolution for Stream Settings:


This will open the Stream Settings Window. Change the resolution and bitrate to what you would like to try and click Close:


Scroll down the Settings Tab and, under Status Bar, check both the boxes of Game FPS and CPU Load:


Finally, go to your game and try to stream it with your selected resolution and bitrate. If it seems like it’s consuming too much CPU or internet bandwidth, go back to the Settings Tab and make the necessary adjustments to your streaming settings.

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