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Tip #458: Video Compression Settings for YouTube
Compensate during compression for social media recompressing your files by adjusting bit rates.
YouTube, and other social media services, always recompress your data. This is necessary to support all the different playback devices, software and codecs in the real world.
If you send YouTube a perfectly compressed file, it will still recompress it – because it has to convert it to all these different codecs. In doing so, because there is not enough data, it will damage the quality of your audio. To prevent this, we need to create a “mezzanine,” or middle, compression file so that when YouTube recompresses the file it has some bits it can throw away. H.264 is an excellent choice for this intermedia codec, provided you use a high-bit rate. Higher bit rates won’t hurt, they’ll just create larger files which will take longer to transfer.
NOTE: Both Apple Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder have default compression settings for social media. In most cases, their defaults should be fine.
Here are the settings:
|Compressed Frame Size||Bit Rate|
|720p||At least 10,000 kbps / 10 mbps|
|1080p||At least 15,000 kbps / 15 mbps|
|4K||At least 20,000 kbps / 20 mbps|
NOTE: These settings work for all frame rates up to 60 fps.
Tip #455 explains audio compression settings for YouTube
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