In a nutshell, transcoding is converting the original video from one format to another format with a set of extra qualities (ABR). Transcoding aims to make videos viewable across different platforms and devices and to expand the number of viewers, e.g., adding those who couldn't watch the video in its original format. Learn more about transcoding with our in-depth article.
Transcoding with adaptive bitrate streaming (ABR) works like this:
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A transcoded video stream has the following codecs by default:
|Video Quality||Resolution||FPS||Video bitrate, Mbps||Audio bitrate, Mbps|
|UHD 8K*||7680 × 4320||-||-||-|
|UHD 4K||3840 × 2160||30||14,000||0,196|
|QHD 2K||2560 × 1440||30||7,200||0,196|
|Full HD 1080p||1920 × 1080||30||4,050||0,128|
|HD 720p||1280 × 720||30||1,800||0,128|
|SD 480p||854 × 480||30||0,800||0,128|
|360p||640 × 360||30||0,450||0,064|
|240p||427 × 240||30||0,200||0,064|
|144p*||254 × 144||30||0,072||0,064 (1ch)|
*To enable these qualities, contact the support team.
The values in the table are given for videos with a horizontal aspect ratio of 16:9. The values are reversed for vertical videos. For example, if a horizontal resolution is (1280 × 720), the relevant vertical resolution is (720 × 1280).
We use variable bitrate (VBR) for encoding video. The table above shows average values. The control panel shows a sum of audio and video bitrates.
Note: We don’t upscale videos. Your output will range from the lowest quality to that of your original bitrate. So, if you upload a 4K video, your output will range from the lowest quality up to 4K. Similarly, if you upload a 720p video, your output will vary from the lowest quality up to 720p only.
To apply the following custom settings, contact the support team or your manager:
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