Friday, September 9, 2011

Guideline Chart for Uploading MP4 Videos

You have edited your video and now want to upload it to a video web hosting service. MPEG 4 also known as .mp4 is the preferred standard for uploading video to the various web hosting services.

This is a generic chart that I created that is compatible with the majority of distribution services such as, Viddler, Vimeo, YouTube or other hosting/distribution web sites.

There are exceptions. YouTube will still accept videos in the .wmv format. 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.




Compression Codec H.264
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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