What bitrate should I choose for my video?

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