This is a short update covering my Memory Leak issues and some of the latest resource updates that have occurred over the last week.
I hope you enjoy this article and maybe find something useful here.
Memory Leak Solved?
The memory leak issues continued on OBS when trying to stream on MAC, however I thought I had found the issue, it being the overlays added as a browser source. Removing the overlays seemed to work but it was only a temporary fix.
Still no issues using OBS in bootcamp. But I just could not let this one lie. A few days later I saw that e Streamlabs had released a new version of OBS for Mac with ‘stability’ improvements.
Now you may or may not know I have been anti-steamlabs for some time, I always found their software very resource heavy and the stuff they make you pay for is generally free elsewhere.
But I swallowed the pride and downloaded it. I also set up Streamlabs own overlays and alerts to see if that package would work better.
First stream went really well, with no memory leaks. The software was peaking at around 4 gb but that was way less than the bog standard OBS. This was looking very promising. But more trials needed to take place and be successful before I would move fully to SLOBS.
A Few Days Later
Sadly SLOBS lived up to my own previous expectations and it started to perform very badly under certain situations and even though the memory leak was much improved the usage of CPU was unacceptable, so it was deleted and, I went back to the drawing board.
I decided to get rid of Bootcamp Windows and start fresh with just MacOS. I have really gone full circle and I really hoped I could solve it by adding every bit of software, graphic and alerts bit by bit while keeping an eye on resources.
After re-installing all my stuff and the stock version of OBS I could clearly see that it is the alerts system ‘browser source’ that is causing the memory leak. I removed it and added it several times to prove this to myself.
But because I don’t particularly like other alert systems and that I want to support Indi coders I needed to find a fix for this.
And I did. At last… Three simple settings I overlooked fixes it.
In the preferences for my alerts ‘browser source’ I ticked ‘Shutdown source when not visible’ and ‘refresh browser when scene becomes active’ this means that it is like adding the browser source new every time you select the scene.
But the major button here is the ‘Refresh cache of current page’. When testing and the memory leak rocketed to 22gb usage I hit the button and the leak disappeared instantly.
It had dropped back down to the normal 4gb memory usage. So this fix works for me and allows me to keep my alerts and overlays and, most importantly I can ditch Bootcamp.
Joy. I will add more when then time comes.
While browsing on Pixabay the other day I noticed something new in the search bar. MUSIC. After some further investigation they now offer copyright and DMCA free music to download and use with no attribution.
I am very impressed with the selection too it’s much larger than expected and some really nice and different music from other sources. I am now also using a track as backing for my stream intros and outros. Why not go check them out by clicking here.
Sticking with the music theme, Pretzel Rocks have updated their music database and now have a really nice selection of music available that is DMCA free, they are also about release a new player so I will be updating you all on that when it appears in the coming weeks.
You can read more about these resources in my article ‘creative resources‘.
Let me know what you think of this article. Have you experienced issues in the Mac when trying to stream? Why not share your experience.