OBS gains AV1 encoding support on AMD RX 7000 and Intel Arc GPUs

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Open Broadcaster Software adds support for the AV1 encoders in AMD Radeon RX 7000 and Intel Arc GPUs. This allows users to use the codec to record PC images. AV1 support for Nvidia’s RTX 40 series was added late last year.

AV1 video codec support for the latest GPUs from Intel and AMD was added in OBS Studio version 29.0. AV1 is currently only supported in the Windows version of OBS Studio; the Linux version can’t handle the codec yet. AV1 is currently mainly suitable for recording images, since services such as YouTube and Twitch do not yet support the codec.

AV1 video encoding is currently only supported by AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 series based on the RDNA3 architecture, Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 series. The latter already received AV1 support on OBS Studio in November last year. Certain previous GPUs from AMD, Intel and Nvidia already supported the decoding of AV1 images.

OBS Studio 29.0 also adds support for Intel’s HEVC encoder, also in the Windows version only. The software is also getting a number of other new features, including some new audio filters, and several bug fixes.

AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 Media Engine with support for AV1 encoding

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