Our users often ask what the best video settings for streaming pre-recorded videos are. The simple answer is; the ones that are required for you to deliver your content the way it means to be delivered in terms of production and quality. 

There are still some limitations applied to the videos you try to upload to Video Storage, but we have tried to make them that way to fulfill most quality concerned users' needs.

So let's see what are the most important video requirements. We will divide them into mandatory and optional. Mandatory are the ones you will not be able to upload your video without and optional are the ones that provide smoother performance.

Mandatory ⚠️

  • Video format - MP4, MOV, M4V or MKV

  • Encoding - H264

  • Audio codec - AAC

  • Keyframe - 2

  • Maximum Video size:
    2GB max - Professional plan;
    5GB max - Premium plan;
    10GB max - Business plan.

  • Maximum Video Duration:
    1 hour - Professional plan;
    2 hours - Premium plan;
    4 hours - Business plan

Tip: Our Enterprise plan offers you a fully customizable package of features by request if you need more than the Business plan offers. Feel free to fill in our Enterprise contact application form here.

Optional 👍

  • Max video resolution - 1080p (1920x1080). Tip: You can use even up to 4k resolution videos, but they will work only with the end streaming services which support such high resolutions.

  • Video FPS - 30 or 60.

  • Rate control mode - CBR (since videos naturally tend to VBR you will most likely need to re-encode it for a smoother experience).

  • Bitrate - depends on the platforms you stream to. Please check this article.

You can always see your video parameters after uploading under the video itself.

Restream video storage

Note: Please add additional 15-20 seconds before and after the stream (for example, the welcome screen at the beginning of the video). End platforms need some time to properly process your incoming stream.

Since optimizing video for live streaming may be a bit tricky right off the bat we created a special guidance material on how to optimize your videos for live streaming, feel free to check it out!


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