Recommended Hardware Specifications for Livestream Studio™

Below are the recommended hardware specifications for Livestream Studio, including example workflows that each system type can handle.

 

Please note that many of these scenarios involve using Livestream Studio's hardware encoding feature. This is when the encoding is done either by a supported graphics card or in a processor that has integrated graphics.

 

Desktop Computer with Hardware Encoding Enabled

Hardware Component
Recommended Minimum Desktop (with Hardware Encoding)
Processor with Integrated Graphics
Quad Core Intel® i5  (6th Generation) or  i7 (4th Generation) Processor or better
Graphics
Quick Sync-enabled CPU or NVIDIA NVENC-enabled GPU
Memory
8 GB or better
Storage
128GB SSD + 512GB HDD or better
Motherboard
Intel compatible motherboard
Example of a supported workflow
  • Camera sources: Multiple HD inputs & outputs
  • Streaming: Up to 1080p multi-bitrate streaming profiles
  • Graphics: Intermediate graphics templates and layering with picture-in-picture, chroma key, and image overlays

 

Desktop Computer without Hardware Encoding

Hardware Component
Recommended Specifications (no hardware encoding)
Processor
6 (Hexa) Core Intel® i7 5th Generation Extreme Edition  or better
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 600 Series or better
Memory
16GB or better
Storage
2TB SSD
Motherboard
Intel compatible motherboard
Example of a supported workflow
  • Sources: Multiple HD Inputs/Outputs
  • Streaming: Up to 720p multi-bitrate streaming or single-bitrate 1080p streaming
  • Graphics: Intermediate graphics templates and layering with picture-in-picture, chroma key, and image overlays

 

Advanced Desktop Computer with Hardware Encoding

Hardware Component
Recommended Desktop Specification
Processor
6 (Hexa) Core Intel i7 6th Generation Extreme Edition or better
Graphics
NVENC enabled NVIDIA GPU (Such as Nvidia Geforce GT 730)
Memory
32-64GB DDR4 Memory
Storage
2TB SSD
Motherboard
Intel compatible motherboard
Example of a supported workflow
  • Sources: Multiple 4K / HD Inputs and Outputs
  • Streaming: 4K / 1080p multi-bitrate streaming
  • Graphics: Advanced graphics templates and layering with picture-in-picture, chroma key, and animated graphic overlays

 

Minimum Laptop with Hardware Encoding

Hardware Component
Minimum Laptop Specification (with Hardware Encoding)
Processor with integrated graphics
4 (Quad) Core Intel i5 - 6th Generation or better
Memory
8GB or better
Graphics
Quick Sync enabled CPU or NVIDIA NVENC enabled GPU
Storage
500GB HDD (SSD preferred) or better
Example of a supported workflow
  • Sources: USB Webcams, USB 3.0 Capture devices and Remote Cameras over LAN/WLAN
  • Streaming: Up to 720p multi-bitrate streaming
  • Graphics: Simple grahpics templates with picture-in-picture and static overlays (no chroma key, no animated graphics)

 

Advanced Laptop with Hardware Encoding

Hardware Component
Advanced Laptop specification (with hardware encoding)
Processor with integrated graphics
4 (Quad) Core Intel i7 - 6th Generation or better
Graphics
Quick Sync enabled CPU or NVIDIA NVENC enabled GPU
Memory
16 GB DDR4 Memory or better
Storage
500 GB SSD or better
Example of a supported workflow
  • Sources: USB Webcams and USB 3.0 Capture devices
  • Streaming: Up to 1080p Multi-bitrate streaming profiles..
  • Graphics: Intermediate Graphics templates and layering w/ PiP, Chroma Key, and image overlays.

 

Additional Notes

  • Livestream Studio is not compatible with Windows 32-bit systems, macOS, or Linux; it must be a Windows 64-bit system.
  • If you intend to use USB 3.0 capture devices for any video input or output, we recommend your motherboard have an Intel X99 chipset, as X79 chipsets do not support these USB 3.0 devices. Please see Blackmagic's notice regarding USB 3.0 device support.
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9 Comments

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    Tvlink.gr
    Can I install studio to my trickster 40
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    Emily
    Hi there - Theoretically yes, but we don't recommend it. You would need different capture cards for your camera sources.
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    Josh Moore

    Do these requirements for studio also apply for the free version?

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    Shawn Behnke

    What about using AMD processors (8-core)?

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    Shawn Behnke

    And dual PCI-e video cards?

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    Tembaht Tas

    What different when use higher or very fast graphic card than you recommended card. Is it helpful?

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    Ludovic Allouch

    Are Xeon Processors better than i7 for livestream studio?

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    Harvest Outreach Ministry International Inc

    Are these hardware requirements mandatory for livestream studio version 4.1.20?

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    Edgar

    For MAC ?

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