XSplit Gamecaster FAQ

What encoders does XSplit Gamecaster support?

XSplit Gamecaster supports the following encoders:

  • x264 software encoder
  • Intel® Quick Sync hardware encoder
  • AMD® VCE hardware encoder
  • NVIDIA® NVENC hardware encoder
  • AVermedia H.264 hardware encoder

x264 Software Encoder

The x264 software encoder is built into XSplit Gamecaster and available on all platforms. For live streaming, it is important to get the highest possible quality at the lowest possible bitrate, so XSplit Gamecaster will always use the x264 software encoder as its default for live streaming in automatic mode.

To use Intel Quick Sync, AMD, NVIDIA, and AVermedia as your encoder, choose a streaming setting other than Automatic and click on the Gear Icon:


Intel Quick Sync Hardware Encoder

Intel Quick Sync is available on most Intel® Core™ processors starting from second generation Sandy Bridge (2011) and up. On laptops with Intel processors and a single discrete graphics card, Intel Quick Sync will always be enabled and ready. On desktops, it may require additional settings.

If the codec dropdown in the streaming or recording settings allows you to select Quick Sync as a codec, then Quick Sync is supported on your system:


If selecting Quick Sync prompts you with a warning then enabling Quick Sync may require additional settings to be made:


Please watch this video for further instructions:


AMD VCE Hardware Encoder

AMD VCE (Video Codec Engine) is available in Trinity APUs, Tahiti XT GPUs (79XX, 7870 XT), Cape Verde GPUs (77XX) and the newer RX 200 series GPUs. If the codec drop down in the streaming or recording settings allows you to set VCE as a codec, then it is available and can be used on your system:


NOTE: The maximum FPS currently supported for VCE is 30 FPS.

NVIDIA NVENC Hardware Encoder

NVIDIA NVENC is available with all NVIDIA GPUs starting from Kepler (GTX 650+). The minimum driver version for NVENC support is GeForce 334 drivers. If the codec drop down in the streaming or recording settings allows you to set NVENC as a codec, then it is available and can be used on your system:


AVerMedia H.264 Hardware Encoder

AVerMedia’s H.264 hardware encoder is available on the Live Gamer HD and Live Gamer HD Lite.
Hardware requirements: AVerMedia capture card (see list above) along with the latest drivers. Note the capture cards cannot function as capture card and encoder at the same time. This encoder can only be enabled manually, it will never be used by automatic mode. This encoder also has a limitation on 1080p of 30 FPS. If the codec drop down in the streaming or recording settings allows you to set AVerMedia H.264 as a codec, then it is available and can be used on your system:


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