What is NVidia NVENC?

NVENC is NVidia’s hardware video encoder which is integrated into NVidia discrete GPU’s.
This encoder will take the job of encoding your stream from your CPU and use your discrete NVidia graphics card instead. NVidia’s NVENC was introduced with the NVidia GeForce GTX 600 series graphics cards in March 2012.

How do I enable NVidia NVENC?

If the option for NVENC is not enabled in the Twitch app, please make sure you have the following:

  1. An NVidia GeForce GTX 600 series or higher graphics card (check the next section for a guide).
  2. Have up to date drivers. Please check here if your drivers are up to date.
If you do not own a GTX GeForce 600 series or above graphics card, this encoder will not be available to you.
How do I know if my Nvidia graphic card supports NVENC encoding?
We have found this guide to be the most accurate and helpful.
It provides you with a full explanation and directs to the Nvidia Wikipedia page with exact GPU specs. 
NVidia NVENC Errors
Error message

Disabled NVIDIA device or unsupported/old

Make sure your device is enabled through the device manager
or select a different encoder from our settings.

Error message
Please update video card driver or change selected video encoder.
This error message is received when your driver for the selected encoder is out of date.
If you are using one of the hardware based encoders please update your drivers accordingly.
Link for driver updates for NVidia
If you do not want to update your drivers, or do not have the time, you can always swap to the H.264 software encoder to record at any time.


Error message
Unknown error occured
Currently our users are experiencing an unknown issue with the NVENC encoder, our dev team is working hard to find the source of this issue.

Please help us by contacting our support: Overwolf Support we will give this issue first priority.

Please consider changing the encoder via the Overwolf Capture Settings page:

  1. Open the Overwolf settings menu
  2. Navigate to the "Capture" settings
  3. Under "Encoding"
  4. Select a different encoder
  5. Quick Sync > NVIDIA
  6. Or the x264 if you don't have any of the above

*Note – If you own an AMD GPU you can try our beta AMF encoder enabling guide.


Error message – Unknown

An unknown error as occurred Please contact Overwolf support team

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