The default bitrate is 1 Mbit per second. We recommend this for most videos. If the quality of the converted video is not as good as it should be, use the Recreate button to select a higher bitrate. Do keep in mind that the quality and bitrate of your original video are very important. If you upload a video that has a bitrate of 1 Mbit/s, selecting a higher bitrate will not make any difference.
A few things to keep in mind regarding bitrates:
- The higher the bitrate, the larger the size of the video file.
- The higher the bitrate, the longer it takes to convert your video file
To give you an idea of what bitrates are used for different types of video:
- 16 kbit/s – videophone quality (minimum necessary for a consumer-acceptable “talking head” picture)
- 128 – 384 kbit/s – business-oriented videoconferencing quality
- 1.25 Mbit/s – VCD quality
- 5 Mbit/s – DVD quality
- 8 to 15 Mbit/s – HDTV quality
- 29.4 Mbit/s max – HD DVD
- 40 Mbit/s max – Blu-ray Disc