Smooth Game Streaming: Taming Blocky Visuals

Unveiling Tips to Prevent Blocky Video and Lag During Streaming

Learn how to mitigate or eliminate lag and latency issues due to common avoidable problems.

Episode #13-29 released on August 26, 2023

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Have you ever been streaming video game play and the screen gets all blocky or the frames start dropping? There are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of this happening, or at the very least, decrease the frequency with which this occurs.

The first thing you need to ensure is a stable network. The more devices that are wired to network router the better. Make sure your network and Internet are, also, high enough in speed to allow continuous streaming reliably to experience fewer dropped frames.

Second, be sure to use a screen resolution and bitrate that are balanced for quality and performance. I typically use 6000 bit for 1080p at 60 FPS and 128bit for audio, and this gives a clean stream for Twitch.

Third, be sure to prioritize the network traffic for your streaming devices, this can be done using the Quality-of-Service feature of your network router and prioritizing your devices.

The fourth important detail, be sure that the computer streaming is capable of generating and streaming the stream, if the computer does not perform well enough, it will be next to impossible to stream reliably.

The fifth detail, as indicated in first point, wired connections are more reliable and less prone to interference for other devices, unlike Wi-Fi.

The sixth important step is to make sure you have updated all software and hardware. It may seem a little silly, but over time devices and computers do need to be patched to maintain or even have better performance and security.

The last detail you should be looking at, compatibility. Your streams, whether you stream to an online community or to another portable device, will work a lot better and you will have a better experience if everything simply is compatible together.

If you follow this suggestions, you should have a lower occurrence of blocky video and lag caused by common avoidable issues.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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