OBS takes a step towards AV1 coding

Popular streaming tool OBS Studio is starting to open in AV1 encoding . For those who have no idea what AV1 can do, this encoding protocol is 30% more efficient than H.265 and delivers better picture quality. This is clearly a promising format that is gaining popularity relatively quickly. We use “relatively” because at the moment AV1 is not recognized by Twitch, and if OBS just included it in their update, it was due to certain conditions.

AV1 encodes OBS

So, you understood well, you will not be able to stream to Twitch in AV1, but to record and only through the NVIDIA NVENC encoder on RTX 40 GPUs. AV1 encoding currently only works with NV12 (8-bit, 4:2:0) and color modes P010 (10 bit, 4:2:0). But despite all these limitations, this is an important step that has just been taken. AV1 has many advantages that will quickly become decisive as video quality rises and 4K becomes more widespread. The fact that its use is free (no royalties) also explains why the entire industry is working to implement this format.

So rest assured, if an RTX 4090 is required at this point in OBS, other developments should come quickly. AV1 encoding is also supported by Intel Arc GPUs. And interestingly, the small A380, which costs less than one-tenth the price of an RTX 4090, is capable of doing just that. We will return to this shortly.

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