In order to be able to use the hardware encoding feature in Livestream Studio, you must have the proper hardware installed on your computer. One of these options is via NVENC, which is video encoding via a supported NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.
The first sign of knowing whether your PC supports hardware encoding is to go into Studio and check Settings: Streaming. If the hardware encoding option does not appear at the top of the menu, then, unfortunately, you do not have the supported hardware.
We have successfully tested the following NVIDIA GeForce models:
To find out if a specific model supports this feature, first visit this list and search for the card's model name. The quickest way to do this is to hold CTRL+F (Windows) or CMD+F (Mac) and type the model name into the page search. The browser will jump to the first matching result.
Find your model in one of the tables and take note of the Code name (in this case, GTX 1050 is GP107-300).
Now visit the NVIDIA GPU Support Matrix. The first table on this page represents cards that support hardware encoding (NVENC), the second table is for cards that support hardware decoding (NVDEC). Search for the first two letters and three numbers of the code name (in this example, GP107). If your code name is on the first table, then your GPU supports hardware encoding in Livestream Studio.
If it does not appear, then NVENC is not supported on that card.