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My video is choppy or missing frames

The main cause of a choppy video is a computer that does not meet our minimum hardware requirements.  If your machine does meet these requirements, please follow the below steps to confirm you have setup OBS correctly:

  1. Check Frame Rate – Your recordings should be set to 30 frames per second (FPS).  Please review this option in Settings –> Video –> Common FPS Values.  It should equal 30.
  2. Hardware Acceleration – If your computer has a dedicated graphics card, it will make the video much smoother and will take the work off of the main CPU.  Please make sure your encoder is setup to utilize this capability by checking Settings –> Output –> Encoder.  It should be set to one of the options that has Hardware in the title.