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I had trouble with OBS as well, but also as a novice user. I ended up using a different package, but reading more afterwards it may be because I had the OBS frame rate set too high - my computer could not keep up. My laptop does not have a good GPU, but was lagging at 12 FPS.
- Try a really low FPS in OBS (e.g. 6 FPS) just to see if it helps.
- Try capturing a smaller window (part of the screen) instead of the full screen - especially if you have a higher resolution screen.
- Try Flashback Express or XSplit Recorder which seem to do similar things
- There is also Camtasia, but there is no free option for that
As a complete guess, I have the feeling its something like contention getting data in/out of the GPU. I was not seeing 100% GPU usage either, but it was lagging for me. So it was not the compute power required, hence I was wondering if it was contention between Character Animator feeding stuff into the GPU and OBS trying to pull frames from the GPU. That would not show up as compute usage I suspect. But it was pure guesswork on my behalf.
Hi there, thanks for taking the time to make some suggestions, I really appreciate that! I tried lowering the FPS in SLOBS, however that didn't appear to be the cause of the lag. I thought that I had tried everything when I posted this, but your suggestions got me to go back into my settings.
I seem to have solved the freezing issue by turning off rescaling in the Output tab (also worked when I turned off rescaling in the Video tab but allowed it in the Output tab), and the lag has gotten better now that I've disabled hardware acceleration.