Although Shadow automates much of the setup process, we recommend looking through the settings for any modifications you may need.
To modify your settings, open the application, then click on the Settings icon .
In the settings, you'll see several categories to the left, which will be covered in this article:
Turn off my Shadow when closing the stream
Have Shadow and Windows shut down whenever you close the application window.
If this setting is turned off, Windows will continue to run, but will automatically shut down if your session is idle.
This setting changes the Shadow app language, but it does not affect the language on the Shadow desktop.
Enable Quick Menu
This setting allows access to au the Quick Menu and its features when you've started Shadow.
Video & Display
Streaming window mode at start
Choose whether Shadow should stream in full screen or windowed mode after you click Start.
High Efficiency Video Coding (H.265)
If Shadow is slow or refuses to start, try turning on H.265.
When turned on, High Efficiency Video Coding (or H.265) provides higher quality streaming for users who have unstable download speeds that don't always meet or exceed 15Mb/s.
If issues persist or worsen, H.265 may not be compatible with your device. Turn H.265 off, then try lowering your maximum bit rate.
Color Enhancement (4:4:4)
Have Shadow stream more colors using 4:4:4 technology.
For more information, you can see this article: Using Color Enhancement on Shadow.
Limited frame rate
Allows you to lower the maximum frame rate allowed to stream.
This setting can be helpful on low-end configurations, but it may not solve issues caused by slow or unstable internet connections.
You can choose from unlimited, 60, or 50 frames per second.
This setting is set to "Regular" by default.
You can use the arrows to change this setting to "High" for lossless sound quality, but this will require more bandwidth.
Controllers & USB
Use my USB devices on my Shadow
If you want Shadow to detect or enhance its compatibility with your mouse, keyboard, or other USB devices, turn on USB Peripherals.
For more information, you can see this article: How to connect a USB device to Shadow .
Maximum bit rate
By default, Shadow's maximum bit rate is set to "Auto detect", but you can also choose a "Custom" bit rate. Your bit rate is the maximum amount of data that can be transferred using your internet connection.
For example, if your lowest speeds are 42Mb/s, Shadow's maximum bit rate should be about 30Mb/s.
Adapt max bit rate to network conditions
If you'd like to have Shadow continue to choose your bit rate automatically, check the box next to "Adapt max bit rate to network conditions".
This setting allows you to switch between two streaming protocols:
- Prefer speed (UDP)
- Prefer reliability (TCP)
TCP protocols provide error-checking to ensure data is sent in the correct order, minimizing errors.