This is a generic chart that I created that is compatible with the majority of distribution services such as Blip.tv, Viddler, Vimeo, YouTube or other hosting/distribution web sites.
There are exceptions. YouTube will still accept videos in the .wmv format. Blip.tv will not. You will need to check with your hosting company to make sure that your video is compatible.
In the current versions of consumer video editing programs there is a preset that you can select to render a version as a .mp4 video. If you have one for your video web hosting company you are all set. If not, these are the export settings that you can use.
|Video Format||MPEG 4 aka .mp4 |
|Check with your video web hosting service.|
|Frame Rate||29.97 fps or 30 fps for NTSC video |
25 fps for PAL video
|The more frame per second the smoother the video. |
If your video is at a different frame rate than what is listed use that instead.
|Video Bit Rate SD||2000 kilobits per second (kpbs)||For standard definition video|
|Video Bit Rate HD||5000 kilobits per second (kbps)||For high definition video|
|Frame Size SD||320x240 (mobile devices) |
|Standard SD sizes of the video frame.|
|Frame Size HD||1280x720 |
|Standard HD size of the video frame.|
|Aspect Ratio||4:3||640x480 video is in the 4:3 aspect ratio|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9||1280x720 and higher video is in the 16:9 aspect ratio|
|Audio Format||AAC preferred but .mp3 generally acceptable|
|Audio Sample Rate||44.1 or higher|
If you have an older version of an video editing program you will need to find an alternate method of converting the video into the correct format.
Again, don't panic if you don't understand what all the terms in the chart mean. Your video editing program could be set up to have everything set up; all you have to do is click the correct preset that is probably named, .mp4, YouTube or something similar.
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