How to stream 1440p 144hz WITHOUT Screen Tearing – Elgato 4k60 Pro Setup Guide (Dual PC Configs)

Dual PC workflows are a huge part of most
of the top-tier streamers’ setups. While computer hardware has continued to evolve
to make single PC streaming possible for a more casual level – you really can’t beat
the flexibility of a dual setup, especially when that means there’s no performance impact
on games. The problem is, gaming setups have moved away
from 1080p60 being “high end” and now 1440p, 4k, and 120 or 140hz monitors are becoming
much more common to game on. In older versions of Windows (even pre FCU
Windows 10) you could force-clone a high refresh or high resolution (but not both) video feed
to a 1080p60 capture card, but you’d get nasty screen tearing. Using something like NDI is neat for a lot
of things, but even on my high end rigs, just having OBS open on the gaming rig at all causes
framerate issues. There are lots of other workarounds out there,
but they all involve sacrificing capability of some kind or introducing tearing, jitter,
or other issues. I’m EposVox, here to make tech easier and
more fun today showing you my guide for using the Elgato 4K60 Pro for dual PC high refresh
rate streaming setups. Previously, capture cards that supported such
a setup were too expensive, too, at over $800, but the Elgato 4K60 Pro at just $400 – which
may seem expensive compared to 1080p capture cards, but it’s actually quite affordable
for the 4k capture market as explained in my review here – has come along and supports
not only 4K 60fps, but 1080p up to 240hz and 1440p up to 144hz, too! That’s why they sponsored this video to
show you how to use their new capture card to stream and record 1440p144 (or whichever
high refresh/resolution combo you enjoy) within a dual PC setup. We’ll be covering two methods – cloning
your non-HDMI monitor setup to the 4K60 Pro (for those w/ monitors that don’t have HDMI
2.0 and are hooked up via DisplayPort or DVI), and using the 4K60 Pro’s HDMI 2.0 passthrough
to a HDMI 2.0 capable monitor. I’ll also briefly show how to add the 4K60
Pro to OBS Studio or your favorite software. For this we’ll be using the BenQ Zowie XL2730,
a 27-inch 1440p 144hz monitor made for fast-paced gaming. These settings will be focused on 1440p 144hz
for this monitor, but of course you can simply adjust for your desired setup specs. Big note: MAKE SURE you’re using HDMI 2.0
18gbps compatible HDMI cables. Your old HDMI cables for your Xbox 360 or
older 1080p days WILL NOT work for high resolutions and refresh rates. Non HDMI 2.0 Setup
We’ll start with the more common setup: Your main monitor is connected to your gaming
PC via DisplayPort or maybe DVI. To use the 4K60 Pro, start by running the
HDMI output of your PC’s graphics card to the 4K60 Pro. If you’re already using the dedicated HDMI
output of your graphics card, you can use a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, BUT you need
to make sure it’s a DisplayPort 1.4 or newer to HDMI 2.0 or newer adapter, or you won’t
be able to push the signal correctly. And honestly it would be smarter to use said
adapter for your secondary monitor or whatever you’re using the HDMI for now, and run the
dedicated HDMI out to the 4K60 Pro. Just to eliminate possible points of incompatibility. On your streaming rig, run the Elgato 4K Capture
Utility. Click the settings cog in the top right. Change “Input EDID Mode” to “Internal”
and then change “EDID” to 1440p. Back on your gaming rig, open up the Windows
10 “Display Settings”. Change the settings to clone your main monitor
and the 4K60 output together. Click where it says “Multiple Displays”
and choose “Duplicate Desktop on __ and __” depending on your setup. This would be 1 and 2 if you just have 1 monitor
on your gaming rig. Now open up your graphics driver Control Panel,
go to display options and confirm that your output is set to 1440p and 144hz. You may need to manually set this again, but
it should work. Finally, check your 4K Capture Utility settings
and confirm that the “Video Input” signal is 1440p 144hz as well. HDMI 2.0 Setup
If you have a HDMI 2.0 capable monitor, this setup is actually a LOT easier. This works much like a console to capture
card setup would. Simply run a HDMI cable from your graphics
card to the Elgato 4K60 Pro’s input, and another from the 4K60 Pro’s output to your
monitor. Check your Windows 10 Display Settings or
graphics card Control Panel and make sure your resolution and refresh rate are set correctly
– to 1440p 144hz in our case. Open the Elgato 4K Capture Utility and verify
that the input signal is set correctly, as well. You can set “Input EDID Mode” to Display
for generally best results here. Adding 4K60 Pro to software
Then you’re good to go! Ready to capture and stream in beautiful,
smooth, 1440p 144hz. Next, let’s cover how to add the 4K60 Pro
to OBS Studio. Similar principles can be applied to any streaming
software you prefer. With OBS open (and the 4K Capture utility
closed) on your streaming rig, add a new Video Capture Device. Choose the “Game Capture 4K60 Pro Video
01” device. For settings, use what you see on screen now. Resolution set to custom and 2560×1440. Framerate set to highest. Format: YV12. Color range and space on default. Buffering disabled. Set your audio output mode as needed. Stream Only is default and should work fine
for most. Check to use “Custom Audio Device” and
choose “Game Capture 4K60 Pro (audio) 01” device. You may need to scale the video source to
your canvas, depending on the rest of your settings. And viola, 2PC 1440p 144hz setup with no lag,
tearing, jittering, or framerate impact on the streaming PC! Then you’re good to go! Ready to capture and stream in beautiful,
smooth, 1440p 144hz. If you enjoyed this guide, hit the like button
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