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Stream lag

by Falaenx » Mon May 27, 2013 9:18 pm

The lag is nonexistent on my end when streaming, however the lag is present in my stream.

*General info*
Desktop Resolution: 1366 x 768
Stream Resolution: 1280 x 720
Stream FPS: 30
Game (or content): World of Warcraft
Capture Method (Screen Regions/Game Source/3rd Party): Game Source
Stream Provider: twitch.tv
Link to your stream: twitch.tv/chronux

*Channel and Video Settings*
Location: US West: Los Angeles, CA (Secondary)
Preset: veryfast
Quality: 10
VBV Max Bitrate: 2000
VBV Buffer: 2000

*Audio Settings*
Format: 44.1 KHz / 16 bit Mono
Bitrate: 96 kbps

Describe what you specifically would like to improve or get help with: My goal is just to make the stream as clear and smooth as possible so any advice would help. Thanks!
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RAM: 4.00 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Internet Connection: Internet Connection

Re: Stream lag

by Ezkeraz » Tue May 28, 2013 6:37 am

Was the broadcaster reporting dropped frames during this time?

Also, do you see a same issue if you do a local recording with the same settings?
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Re: Stream lag

by Falaenx » Tue May 28, 2013 7:35 am

The broadcaster was not reporting dropped frames and the lag spikes are not present in local recording. Thanks for the reply!
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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Internet Connection: Internet Connection

Re: Stream lag

by Ezkeraz » Tue May 28, 2013 7:38 am

Hmm, I see.

Were you getting consistent green lights on the bandwidth tester?
Also try the location setting that gives you the 2nd best results, and see if it gets any better.
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Re: Stream lag

by Falaenx » Tue May 28, 2013 8:13 am

I tried the two best servers available and received a yellow light for both. No dropped frames.
Falaenx
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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Internet Connection: Internet Connection

Re: Stream lag

by Ezkeraz » Tue May 28, 2013 8:19 am

The yellow light is probably the reason why your stream is lagging, even if no dropped frames are reported.

Try dropping your bitrate to 1500 for now, and see if it still happens on the stream.
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Re: Stream lag

by Falaenx » Thu May 30, 2013 4:30 am

Thanks, lag dropped significantly. Just need to look into getting a better processor I assume to be able to raise the bitrate back up so the stream doesn't become pixelated?
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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Internet Connection: Internet Connection

Re: Stream lag

by Ezkeraz » Thu May 30, 2013 6:06 am

Since there's no lag on your end, it's really just an issue with your connection to the Twitch servers. Maybe you were just streaming when the servers were under heavy load, or there might be some other problem.

A better processor is one alternative, in that you can opt to make the preset slower instead. Making the preset slower means that your CPU will compress your stream more (and in effect more CPU usage), so you can squeeze in a bit more quality in the bitrate you've set.

I recommend diagnosing your connection issues with Twitch first though, before considering upgrading the CPU.
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