How to Fix OBS Dropped Frames and Connection Issues

Stop OBS Dropped Frames when Streaming on Fluctuating Bitrate

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is the most popular free open source software for live streaming and video recording on many streaming platforms, including Twitch, Mixer and YouTube.

Unfortunately, the most common issue users are seeing is the OBS “dropped frames”, which means that the connection to the server is not stable or your Internet connection can’t keep up with your set bitrate. But if you drop too many frames, you may be disconnected from the streaming server, so you need a solution to fix the root cause of OBS dropping frames – your Internet connection issues.

Keep reading to see how easy it is to enjoy stable Internet with plenty of bandwidth, low latency and low packet loss.

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Why Does OBS Drop Frames?

The only reason you’re seeing OBS dropped frames is the connectivity you have to the streaming platform’s ingest server. Otherwise put, streaming platforms do not drop frames for any other reason than network congestion – read more technical details of what frame drops are here on Github.

Finding a solution to network congestion (be it on the part of the server you stream to, or on your side) will solve the OBS dropped frames issues.

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How to Solve OBS Dropped Frames on the Server Side

There are a couple of things you can do to diagnose and fix the server side network congestion when you’re seeing dropped frames in OBS:

  1. Change the ingest server you’re streaming to – switching to another server sometimes solves this. Remember: the “closest” or “lowest ping” server isn’t always the most reliable. If you’re live streaming on Twitch, use TwitchTest to find the server you have the best bandwidth to and the maximum bit rate you can stream. It’s recommended to choose a server with a quality score of at least 80 for a stable live streaming experience.
  2. Try another streaming service and see if you get the same “dropped frames” issues. If it’s Twitch that gives headaches, try streaming on YouTube; if OBS is still dropping frames, then the culprit is most probably your Internet connection.

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