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Video Encoding Recommendations

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:42PM MDT

Video Encoding Recommendations

For best results and optimal web playback, Simian recommends the following settings for encoding videos for the web.

Guidelines:

To ensure the best possible quality of compression, begin with the highest resolution source files available.

Video Format
For optimal playback, browser and platform compatibility, Simian recommends H.264 video codec, with a AAC audio codec in MP4 format.

Fast Start: Enabled
Fast Start is required and necessary for videos to begin playing instantly, vs. progressive download.

NOTE: If encoding to MP4, since most encoders automatically enable fast start on MP4 files, the option may be greyed out or un-selectable.

 

Recommended Settings:

Bit Rate: The higher the resolution, the higher the bit rate required in order to maintain quality. Below is a handy table of Simian recommendations by resolution.

Note: Higher bit rates may not stream well on weaker internet connections.

  Video Resolution   Bit Rate   Optimal File Size (30 sec)
  426x240 pixels   300-700 Kbps   100KB-1 MB
  640x360 pixels   1500-2500 Kbps   3-5 MB
  854x480 pixels   1500-2500 Kbps   5-6 MB
  1280x 720 pixels   2200-3500 Kbps   10-13 MB
  1920x1080 pixels   3000-5000 Kbps   13-17 MB

 

Simian Tools:

Bit Rate Threshold Warnings: Simian scans every video uploaded and displays a warning if the bit rate exceeds the default threshold setting of 3500 KB. A secondary warning will display if the Fast Start is disabled. Bit Rate Threshold settings can be found in Account Info.

Real Time Video Encoder: For users that are unfamiliar with the encoding process or don’t have an encoding application, Simian's RTVE App does the work for you.

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