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With the latest Radeon Software 2020 Edition, we’ve simplified the streaming process while also providing more depth to the control of your content and streaming to your broadcast platform of choice has never been easier.

Let’s dive into how you can get started sharing your gameplay with the world using Radeon Software.

 

Getting Started

 

First let’s go over setting everything up in the desktop or full-screen overlay by Right-clicking your desktop and selecting AMD Radeon Software. Alternatively, you can use the ALT+R hotkey .

Go ahead and click the Streaming tab at the top which will bring you to the tab shown below, where we can begin to set up your stream.

 

 

Next, we are going to select which streaming service to use for our broadcast. This is done by clicking the Choose a Service drop-down menu on the left-hand side.

 

 

For now, we will use Twitch.TV, which will bring up a dialog box to enter your account credentials. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create an account right in the dialog box.

 

 

Once you’re logged in, the next step is to choose your region, again on the left-hand side. You’ll want to choose the region that is closest to you for optimal latency and connection stability, as a poor connection can lead to “dropped frames” which to your viewers, will show as video stuttering.

 

 

Now that we have all that out of the way, it‘s all locked in, ready to go when you are - anytime.

 

 

Setting up your Content

You can capture a specific window to stream called Region which is on the left-hand side and then select the app you wish to broadcast.

This is useful for certain situations with borderless window apps, but keep in mind to accomplish this Radeon Software will enable Desktop Recording that will show everything on your screen to your viewers, game and all.

 

 

 

The optimal streaming choice is Fullscreen which is the default, so no need to change anything, which will only stream your app or game.

The next step is to launch a game, which for this demonstration we have chosen Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

Once the game is launched and running, we will invoke the Fullscreen Overlay with the ALT+R hotkey.

From here you can enable your Webcam by clicking Camera and adjust your microphone volume if you wish to be heard on stream by clicking the Microphone Icon (muted by default)

 

All that is left to do is to click Go Live and you’re on your way to streaming, building your audience, and your brand.

At any point in your broadcast you can bring up the Fullscreen Overlay again using ALT+R and preview your stream, making sure it is working and everything is set up just as you like it.

You can also check up on your broadcast chat by clicking Chat on the left-hand side to interact with your audience, which is vital to keeping your viewers engaged and returning to your stream every time you go live.

 

 

Fine-Tuning your Stream

 

If you want some more granular control, you can adjust the quality settings of your stream.

Those settings can be tweaked by opening the Fullscreen Overlay with ALT+R or if you’re on your desktop, Right-click and open AMD Radeon Software.

Now click the gear icon on the top right of Radeon Software, and click General sub-tab. Scroll down to the streaming settings on the left-hand side to adjust your stream quality and resolution.

We have provided a few profiles you select that can boost your stream quality at the expense of using more network bandwidth, so try and find which one looks best to you with a few test streams.

For a lot of people, 1600x900 (900p) at 60FPS with a bitrate of 6000kbps is a great sweet spot of video quality and bandwidth usage.

 

 

Technical Tips

 

  • Resolution in streaming refers to what resolution you are broadcasting, and your viewers will see, not what display resolution you are gaming on. (e.g. stream video is at 720p, but you are gaming on your display at 1080p)

 

  • Bitrate in streaming refers to the amount of data the video is encoding at (the video quality itself), which also directly ties to using more of your network upload bandwidth. There are a few general rules of thumb:

 

  • 720p 60FPS – 3500kbps – You will want at least a 5Mbps upload speed
  • 1080p 60FPS – 6000kbps – You will want at least a 10Mbps upload speed
  • 900p 60FPS – 6000kbps – You will want at least a 10Mbps upload speed
  • A lower resolution (720p, 900p) at a higher bitrate will generally look better and sharper for your viewers than a high resolution (1080p) at a lower bitrate.

 

Remember, broadcast sites have their own data cap at how much bandwidth you can send to their service. Additionally, your viewers will also need to watch the stream at the same bandwidth you are streaming at so users with poorer internet may struggle to smoothly enjoy your content, including older mobile devices which is a very popular way that streaming content is consumed.

 

Building your Audience

 

The art of streaming is mastered by consistency and practice, and we want to help you grow! Here are a few handy tips to help get things rolling:

  • Use Social Media. Post when you go live, and include a link to your channel page on whichever broadcast platform you have decided to use for your stream

 

  • Use a webcam and a microphone. If you’re comfortable with using these tools, audiences are more likely to interact with you and your content if they can see, hear and relate to the person conducting the stream

 

  • Be consistent. Set expectations for your growing audience so they know when to tune in, and create a schedule that you can reasonably follow, sharing that schedule to your social media accounts

 

  • Be genuine. Stay true to yourself and engage your audience as if they were your close friends, but perhaps without the hilarious pranks you might pull. People are appreciative of authenticity after all, your content is a reflection of you

 

  • Set up your channel page. Your channel on your chosen broadcast platform can give your audience information such as your biography (don’t use confidential information there), what hardware you’re using, your schedule, your social media pages, and whatever else you’d like to share

 

  • Getting started from the ground up takes time and dedication. Almost all streamers, big or small, have gone through the process of streaming to perhaps just one person for a time. If even that one person tells a friend about your stream, now you have two people to engage with, and maybe that person tells a few other friends or links your stream on their social page, bringing in more viewers, and so on

 

  • Ignore the viewer count. It sounds crazy, but just imagine you are streaming to thousands of people. The viewer count for some people can cause discouragement if they see low numbers. Hide it, ignore it, and focus on being more comfortable with streaming rather than chasing the number. If you follow the guidelines above, you have a chance to grow, it takes time

 

Wrapping Up

 

AMD Radeon Software is about breaking barriers.

With the tools we have created for you along with this guide, our goal is to help you break your own barriers and become the awesome streamer you always wanted to be.

We’ve got our own team of AMD streamers you can check out, ask questions, and see how they run their streams, found here: http://Twitch.TV/AMD.

 

Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

Over the past year, AMD has been on a journey of exploration and discovery. We’ve spoken to and listened to many of our biggest fans, as well as those who support other products.  Through those discussions and feedback, we’ve been able to fine-tune our software and build new features to support the needs of gamers like you.  In 2019 we have introduced groundbreaking new features like Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag to help you feel more immersed and connected to your game, we released 43 day-0 game drivers to ensure you’ve got the best driver possible for your new game, and we’ve improved performance by up to 12% over the course of this year1; at the same time continuously looking for other ways to improve, overcome, and remove barriers.

 

Today we’re excited to release the all NEW Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Completely rearchitected from the ground up, this latest version of Radeon Software introduces a redesigned and reimagined interface that places hot, in-demand features at your fingertips.

 

Modern. Accessible. Powerful.

 

 

The new Radeon Software experience is second to none. Our app has been completely reworked to provide you with a clean, modern and easy-to-use interface where you can quickly check your game stats, performance reports, driver updates, and much more - all from one convenient location. Access all your games directly from Radeon Software rather than trying to figure out which game store to start whenever you want to play your game. Get full functionality of our software directly in game by using the hotkey ALT+R.  Adjust your graphics settings from the full screen interface, stream content to the social media platform of your choice, or even browse the web for walkthroughs and tutorials using our new built-in browser. Once you enter your game, you don’t have to leave it.

 

Our Radeon Software App also has the ability to adapt to what you’re doing.  For example, if you’re on your desktop, the home screen that you see will be different from the one you’d see if you were in game.  Functions will appear that are appropriate for each scenario so you can easily take advantage of all the powerful features we have to offer.

 

Integer Scaling is Now Available

We like to involve our community as much as possible, and one of our most user requested features over the course of this year was to implement integer scaling into Radeon Software. Integer scaling scales on-screen images from one pixel to four pixels (or more). With Adrenalin 2020 Edition, you now have access to this feature that delivers sharp, retro visuals so you can play your favorite classic games on today’s modern displays.

 

 

Turbocharge Your Game with Radeon Boost

The last thing you want to be, is bogged down when an enemy is firing at you. You need a system that is super responsive and fast so you can easily find and track down your target. Radeon Boost delivers that extra bit of performance and fluidity when fast motion via mouse input is detected. Radeon Boost dynamically lowers the resolution of the entire frame to allow for an average 23% increase in the performance of select titles, with little impact to quality2.

 

 

Play Your PC Games Anywhere in the Connected World with Your Mobile Device

Last year, we unshackled desktop PC gaming by allowing you to stream your games from your PC to your mobile devices via your wi-fi connection so you could play your game almost anywhere at home. Starting with this release, you can now take your device on the road and as long as you have a connection to the internet, you can keep playing that same game while on a road trip or at the beach.  Available for free to download to your Android devices today and Apple devices on December 23rd.

 

A Few More Updates

Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag have also received some new updates for this new release, with expanded support across more products, (GCN-based Radeon discrete graphics and Ryzen 2000 series APUs and newer), as well as adding the option to enable these features globally across all titles, or on a case-by-case basis. For Radeon Image Sharpening, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games, along with the ability to control the degree of sharpness so you can tweak the setting to your desired levels, and for Radeon Anti-Lag, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 9 games on pre-RX 5000 series graphics.

 

This blog barely scratches the surface of what Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is truly capable of doing. Be sure to check out our companion blogs to this release that take you through the new performance tuning section, the new streaming capabilities and the ability to play PC games virtually anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game.

 

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager of Radeon Software for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

 

Endnotes:

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November, 2019 8GB Radeon RX Vega 64, using a test system comprising of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition than with last year's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 edition launch driver (19.30.01.46) PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. While playing the following games: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12, High Settings, 1080p) , Assassin's Creed Odyssey (DX11, High Settings 1440p), Battlefield 5 (DX12, Medium Settings, 1080p), Borderlands 3 (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Control (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), The Division 2, (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), Final Fantasy 15 (DX11, High Settings, 1080p), Forza Horizon 4 (DX12, High Settings, 1080p), Strange Brigade (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: THREE KINGDOMS (DX 11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Wolfenstein: Young Blood (Vulkan, High Settings, 1440p), World War Z (Vulkan, Medium, 1440p), Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition scored 87.01,68,176.5,76.68,40.6,89.05, 6341,174.3,144.9,75.8,81.9,117.9,199 FPS Respectively. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Scored: 68.13,65,167.8,66.68,37.2,83.22,5782,130.2, 130.5,69.6,75.8,111.5,186.5 FPS respectively. Resulting in the following percentage uplifts driver over driver: 28%,5%,5%,15%,9%,7%,10%,34% , 11%,9%,8%,6%,7% respectively. Resulting in an average uplift of 12% when comparing these two drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-327

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 14th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon RX 590 on Overwatch, Player Unknown’s Battleground, Rise of the Tomb Raider @ 1440p, resulted in a average increase of 23% in performance when quick user input via mouse detected with Radeon Boost enabled. Performance may vary. RS-326

 

Disclaimers

AMD Link & Game Streaming

 Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

 Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Radeon Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Integer Scaling is compatible with Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations.

 

Radeon Boost compatibility includes Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400  and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

AMD Link is a revolutionary app. Since its first release back in 2017, it has added value and features to all Radeon users. 2019 was a big year for AMD Link, with the introduction of game streaming, and brand-new versions for Android TV and tvOS, bringing Radeon Gaming to the living room, and beyond.

So here are some things that you can do with AMD Link:

 

Play Games Anywhere!

AMD Link’s ability to stream your games to your favourite devices just got better this year. With version 3.0, you can now stream your favourite games to your device, regardless of whether you are inside your house connected to your WIFI, or outside by using an internet connection.

Let’s make sure you can get started. First, connect to your Radeon PC locally, as you normally do. This means enable the AMD Link server from Settings -> Devices. A good tip is to also enable Record Desktop in Settings -> General, in order to enable features like taking screenshots, recording videos etc. When you first connect to your Radeon PC, a profile will be created for easy access. After you disconnect go to the brand-new Radeon Software, in Settings -> Devices. Make sure the profile you just created is there, and right click on it. You will see a menu; select “Make Internet-Enabled”. You will see a globe icon replacing the home icon; this means the profile is now able to connect via an Internet connection; not just locally.

Then its as easy as selecting AMD Link and launching it. The profile icon in the app will be updated and will show a globe in front of it – this means that when you tap on it, it will give you the choice to either connect via the Internet, or via a local connection. Choose the one you want and happy gaming!

Use Your Mobile Device as Secondary Screen

AMD Link has been a very good tool to see your performance metrics, and this functionality continues to be popular with our users. This means that you can have your phone charging beside your gaming monitor, launch AMD Link, connect to your PC (go to Performance -> Metrics) and monitor live. With the Performance Monitoring function there you see various useful metrics for your PC like RAM utilization, CPU utilization, GPU clocks and others. You can customize which metrics you want to see from Settings -> Performance. Choose the ones you want to see (if you are playing a game, you will also see the FPS your game is getting at any given time) and play your game without any distracting overlays in front of your screen.

 Easy Voice Commands to  Control your Radeon GPU

AMD Link can listen to your commands, and it will give you both visual and audible feedback. To get started, tap on the microphone icon on the top left of AMD Link’s user interface and give the command you want to the app, prefacing it with “Radeon”. If for example you want to know your GPU utilization, just say “Radeon tell me my GPU utilization” and AMD Link will oblige. You can have AMD Link listening and give various commands when you need them. For a full list of commands supported, visit our FAQ at https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-amdlink-faq

 

Apart from these cool features though, here are some of the things AMD Link can do that you probably never thought of:

Watch a Movie on your Device

AMD Link supports phones, tablets and of course TVs – so why not take advantage of that? If you want to watch a movie on your PC, but you’d prefer to do it from the comfort of your own bed, its easy. You can simply load AMD Link, go to the Gaming tab and tap on the Start Streaming icon at the top. This will immediately start streaming your Windows desktop. Which means you can simply load the movie full screen in your favourite media player and watch it on your device. Easy! If you want to watch the movie on your smart TV instead, load up AMD Link for TV and do the exact same thing to see your favourite movie on the big screen.

Benchmark your Games

Benchmarking your game to see what kind of performance you’re getting is something all gamers have done at some point or another. Did you know that you can do that with AMD Link ? When you are in the point you want to benchmark, load AMD Link on your phone and connect to your Radeon PC. After that, go to Performance -> FPS. You can tap on “Start Capturing”, and the app will start keeping tabs of your FPS while playing the game. To stop, tap on “Stop Capturing”. When you do that, you will see your average FPS for that session, plus your minimum and maximum FPS. You can repeat that as many times as you want, which is very useful if you are using Radeon Software to experiment with the various cool features Radeon users are enjoying.

 

Fully Customize your On-Screen Controls

On-screen controls are a very convenient way to play games, and more and more people are using them instead of traditional controllers. AMD Link has full support for on-screen controls, but did you know you can customize them? In the AMD Link Settings, there’s a dedicated menu to controllers. Tap, and you will see all the controllers in your AMD Link app. By tapping on the plus icon, you can create a new on-screen controller. This is extremely useful because different games have different HUDs, which means on-screen controls can be in the way. You can of course customize, not only the placement of buttons, but their size, their opacity and of course you can add or remove as many buttons as you want.

 

 

Disclaimers 

Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106

 

Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

Up until now, performance tuning was one of those things that was best left up to the experts. Pushing the limits of your graphics card can be intimidating to a lot of people.  With the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, we’ve taken away some of that complexity by adding simplified controls and automatic presets for novice users, while also providing advanced tools for experts who want full control of their GPU.

 

Let’s begin with the new user experience for performance metrics, where gamers can view vital system and performance information at a glance.

 

Metrics

 

Performance Metrics Screen

 

1. Metrics Overview: Allows users to view multiple different system metrics at once. Users can click different metrics here to view more detailed metrics on each of these items. Users can also show/hide specific items for the Performance Metrics Overlay.

 

2. Metrics Details:  Once a user has chosen a metric from the overview column, they can view more detailed statistics for each of those metrics in this window.

 

Performance Tuning

Performance Tuning now has a fully automatic view. The automatic view allows more entry level or novice users access to features that allow them to automatically configure their performance tuning using Radeon Software features without having to learn how to overclock*. Some of these features include Auto Undervolt GPU, Auto Overclock GPU and Auto Overclock VRAM. Feature availability is dependent on the system hardware and some Radeon graphics products may not have all features listed.

 

Simplified Performance Tuning Screen

 

 Auto Tuning Features

The auto tuning features step through an algorithm that runs a workload on your graphics process while it fine tunes your overclock to determine stable settings based on your chosen tuning option. Once instability is detected on your GPU in the algorithm, we dial back to the best previous stable values and apply those. This is done on a per system basis so users can expect to get a good stable overclock that suits their own personal system.  The overall process only takes about a minute to complete and should be done without any applications open for the best experience possible.

 

  • Undervolt GPU: Attempts to perform an undervolt while maintaining close to stock performance for your graphics product. This can potentially increase performance per watt and save power.
  • Overclock GPU: Attempts to perform an overclock of your graphics engine frequency. This can potentially increase performance in games that are GPU bound.
  • Overclock VRAM: Attempts to perform an overclock of your video memory. This can potentially increase performance in games that are memory bound.

 

 

 

Tuning Control (Manual): Performance Tuning also has a new manual view. The manual view allows for much deeper customization of your graphics product and overclocking. The manual view contains detailed controls for GPU Tuning, Fan Tuning, VRAM Tuning and Power Tuning. Each of these views can be expanded to customize or tune each individual part of your graphics product and some can be expanded to provided more advanced and fine grain controls.

  

Once you’ve chosen a specific category you’d like to tune you can expand the options to see all the controls available to tune. From there you can control or modify any items you’d like, hit apply to save your settings and you’re good to go with your overclock!

 

Breakdown of the functions below:

 

  • GPU Tuning: Allows you to access controls for voltage and frequency. For newer AMD graphics products this advanced view includes controlling a voltage/frequency curve to help define how your graphics product behaves at any given engine clock.
  • Fan Tuning: Allows you to access controls for fan speed tuning and fan curve. At the basic level this includes controls for max fan speed and at a more advanced level controls fan curve for customization of fan behavior at certain temperature thresholds.
  • VRAM Tuning: Allows you to access controls for memory frequency tuning.
  • Power Tuning: Allows you to access controls for power graphics power limit.

 

 

Get the most out of your Radeon graphics card and take advantage of all the things Radeon Software has to offer.  Be sure to check out our other blogs in the links below and find out how you can stream content to your favorite social media site or play games on your mobile device anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game!

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

* Overclocking any AMD processor, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.