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What computer to use as encoder to stream to Videolinq?

Updated over a week ago

Customers often ask us what computer to use when live streaming to Videolinq? Here is a good blog post explaining how to select a video encoder. In general, dedicated hardware encoders are more reliable when you create live streams (Teradek, Matrox, Magewell). If you plan to use your computer to stream, this is what we recommend:

Laptop or Desktop

We do not recommend using laptops for streams that will last more then 1-2 hours. The reason is that laptops don't have cooling fans and tend to get hot quickly. Over used computer will begin losing audio lip sync or dropping video frames. Desktop computers are preferred to broadcast a live stream. Remember not to use any other program during the broadcast, except for the program you are using to live stream.

Windows or Mac

We recommend using Windows computers for live streaming. They cost less and have larger support of graphic cards and encoding hardware/software.

Capture Cards

For short-term live streaming use USB capture cards (Magewell, Epiphan). For long-term live streaming use built in PCIe capture cards (Magewell, Blackmagic Design).

Live Streaming Software

OBS Studio is a free good program to create a live stream. For a more sophisticated program try vMix or Wirecast (paid). All these programs can generate up to 1080p, 30 fps, 6 MBps live stream to send to Videolinq. Use the H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec for best performance and remember to send 1 key frame every 2 seconds (a requirement by most social media platforms).

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 10

Intel i7 and up CPU


100 GB SSD hard drive

2 GB GPU graphic card

1 GN network card

10 MBps upload speed

Ethernet connection (not Wi-Fi)

If you have questions about this article contact technical support.

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