Razer Ripsaw HD Review: Streaming and Gameplay Capture Made Easy (Page 4)

| Jan 23, 2020 at 11:53 am CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: RazerModel: RZ20-02850100-R3U1

Unfortunately, I don't own a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X, so I cannot utilize 4K 60FPS passthrough compatibility on the Ripsaw. If you are wondering what this means, I can put it quite simply for you. This 4K 60FPS passthrough support is Razer's leg-up on the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S. It means console gamers who are on a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X can play their games at 4K, and let the Ripsaw convert that footage into 1080p 60FPS for recordings and streams.

For the purpose of this review, I have decided to use my Nintendo Switch as the testing system for the Ripsaw, and play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on stream to see how the Ripsaw pans out.

Let's jump right into it. Of course, take everything out of the Ripsaw box, prepare the USB-C cable and the HDMI cable. First, you want to plug the USB-C cable into the USB-C port on the Ripsaw, then connect the end of that cable into your PC. Next, take the HDMI cable provided by Razer in the box and plug that into the device you want to stream gameplay from (in this instance, I'm using my Nintendo Switch). Next, plug that same HDMI cable into the HDMI Input port on the Ripsaw.

Moving on, take a second HDMI cable (usually the one you are using to connect to your monitor/TV to play games) and plug that into the Ripsaw's HDMI Out port. So to simplify that process here are the steps:

1. Plug USB-C cable into Ripsaw and then into your computer

2. Plug provided Razer HDMI cable into the console.

3. Plug HDMI from step 2 into the HDMI Input port on the Ripsaw

4. Plug the second HDMI into display/TV (the one you are playing on)

5. Plug the other end of the second HDMI cable into HDMI Out

Open Broadcaster Software download link - here

Next, you want to download and open Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). In the next few steps, we are going to be tweaking OBS to give us some crisp video and streaming quality.


Once you have OBS open, you want to find the 'source' sub-menu located at the bottom left-hand corner of the program window. Once you have found that click the + icon, click on "Video Capture Device." For the sake of this review, I have added my Video Capture Device as Razer Ripsaw. Once you have chosen what you want to call your device, click "ok."

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After you have named your Video Capture Device, the above window will pop up. This is your Video Capture Device properties. In here, you will be selecting what device you want to use as your Video Capturing Device and what video settings that device will be using.

First, you want to click on the 'Device' drop-down menu and select Razer Ripsaw HD HDMI. Moving down the line of options, you want to select your Resolution/FPS Type to 'Custom' and then make your resolution 1920x1080 at 60FPS.

Finally, to get in-game audio outputting on OBS, you will need to select "Output desktop audio (DirectSound)" and tick "Use custom audio device." Then in the Audio Device drop-down menu, select "Microphone (Razer Ripsaw HD HDMI)." If you have followed those steps correctly, you should be able to see a preview of your game in the preview window as well as hear your in-game audio playing through OBS.

At the top right and corner of OBS, click on 'File' and then 'Settings.' Once that window has popped up you will be presented with an overwhelming amount of settings, don't worry, most of them you can ignore for now if all you are desiring is to be able to capture gameplay/stream to your desired platform. For now, we will only be needing to concentrate on the "Output" and "Stream" sub-menu.

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Click on the "Output" sub-menu. Here's where you can change the quality of the video that is being outputted from OBS to your stream or recording. Firstly, where it says, "Output Mode," click on "simple." Next, you want to change your "Video Bitrate" to something around 2500 Kbps - 3500 Kbps for 1080p streaming. It should be noted that increasing/decreasing "Video Bitrate" changes the overall quality of your stream/recording as the Bitrate determines the size of the file, which then ultimately determines the visual quality. Next, if you own any RTX GPU from NVIDIA select "Hardware (NVENC)," choosing this encoder will swap the workload, which is originally on the CPU to your GPU, freeing up more performance headroom for your PC.

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Moving onto the "Recording" options now. Firstly, you want to create a folder somewhere in your PC to keep all of your recordings. You can do this by changing the "Recording Path." Next, to keep the recording quality the same as what the quality of the game is, select "Recording Quality" and choose "Indistinguishable Quality, Large File Size." Next, you want to make the "Recording Format" "mkv" and your "Encoder" to again be "Hardware (NVENC).

Side note - These are the settings I used to capture gameplay and stream, I found zero problems with these settings, but they aren't the greatest. I'm sure with further tweaking and a deeper understanding of OBS, you can make your stream much better. This is just a basic OBS setup that should be able to get you started.

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If you head on over to the "Stream" sub-menu, you will be able to connect your stream to your desired platform. In the above example, I've connected my Twitch account to OBS, and to do this, you will need your unique stream key found in the settings of your Twitch account. Simply input that key into OBS and login in, and it's connected.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2020 at 06:11 am CST


Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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