Open Broadcaster Software, or simply OBS, is an open-source live streaming and video recording program available for free usage on Mac and Windows. Many content creators and YouTubers use OBS because of its different capabilities and features.
However, if your PC has an encoding lag, you may encounter some audio stuttering, cracking and sound cutting out issues while recording video or streaming on OBS. Your PC must process each frame in your preferred quality while it records. Audio stutter or getting choppy and dropped frame sound problem may occur if things don’t happen this way.
How to Troubleshoot and Fix OBS Audio Stuttering or Skipping while Recording & Streaming Videos
To ensure that your video streams and recordings will have no annoying stutters or skipping sound issues, here are some fixes you can try:
Check If Your PC Meets the Minimum System Requirements
Before anything else, see to it that your PC meets or even exceeds the OBS developers’ minimum set of system requirements for the program to run smoothly and efficiently. If your PC doesn’t meet these, you may have to upgrade your device first if you want to use OBS.
Here are the minimum system requirements for running OBS:
- DirectX Version 11 or above
- GeForce GTX 900 Series, Intel HD Graphics 500, Radeon RX 400 Series
- 4 GB RAM or above
- 64-bit processor and operating system
- Windows 11/10 (64-bit)
- Intel i5 2500K, AMD Ryzen 1300X or above
- 600 MB of available storage space or higher
- Hardware encoders recommended
Turn Off Other Programs
Make sure you close all unnecessary programs that are running in the background while recording on OBS. This will allow the program to use most of the available system resources to ensure a smooth recording.
Web browsers such as Google Chrome may use lots of system resources even while they’re running in the background. Close all non-related programs while recording to see if it solves the problem.
Improve the Frame Rate on your Video
Frame Per Second or FPS is the measurement of frame rate and refers to the number of frames or pictures displayed in every second. This metric is important in determining the overall quality of a video. High FPS means your video will also be of higher quality with minimal to no stuttering at all.
Here are the steps for adjusting the frame rate to 60 fps to avoid dropped frame issues on your OBS videos:
- Open OBS on your device.
- Click the Settings option.
- Click Video on the left menu of the new pop-up window.
- Select the option for “Common FPS Values” from the dropdown menu.
- Choose 60 from the list.
- Press OK to set your frame rate.
Run OBS in Admin Mode
Another easy but effective solution to audio skipping and stuttering when recording or streaming on OBS Studio using Windows PC is to run it in admin mode. Doing this will prevent programs from crashing and stop allotting a lot of resources to one application.
Here’s how to do it:
- Launch the Start menu on your device.
- Go to the search bar and type OBS Studio.
- Right-click on the app.
- Click Run as administrator.
- Click Yes on the new popup window to open OBS in Admin mode.
OBS Is a useful program for many content creators and YouTubers out there. But if you’re dealing with some stuttering every time you record or stream on OBS, it can easily affect the experience. Make sure you try the fixes above for the most seamless OBS streaming and recording.