Discord Brings AV1 Encode Support for 4K Live Streaming at 8mbps Along With Stage Channel Updates and More


Discord has announced a slew of new additions to the popular video, audio and text messaging platform as part of its latest update.

Video livestreaming is getting the biggest change as part of the new update as Discord has rolled out support for the AV1 video codec. This will help users stream 4K videos at a bitrate of 8mbps resulting in higher quality video streams at the same internet speeds. However, the AV1 encode and decode is limited to Discord users with the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 series GPUs.

Discord Stage channels get significant upgrade

The company has also revealed major upgrades to Stage channels, which debuted around two years ago. With Discord Stage channels, users can easily join in on community events, as it fixed the limitation of Voice channels where users had to constantly unmute and mute themselves. Through Stage channels, community members have been able to create a variety of content including podcasts, AMAs, interviews and more.

Now, with the latest update to Stage channels, users can make video calls and share their screen along with the ability to chat through text. The video calls features will allow the community members to conduct video interviews, discussions and more. This new element brings a whole new dynamic to the Stage channel events. Plus, the members can also feel more included by voicing their opinions through text chat with emojis, and more. Text chat is especially helpful for people facing any issues with video or audio calls.

Discord confirmed that users can share video or their screen through the Stage channel with up to 50 audience members. Tier 2 and Tier 3 servers can boost that number up to 150 and 300, respectively.

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