YouTube Encoding Settings | Tech Help for Churches

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, YouTube Encoding Settings

Video can be pretty confusing. What’s a codec, what’s a wrapper? What’s the difference between bit rates and sample rates? What type of sound should you use.

Thankfully, YouTube has given us a list of things to try to get the best video here

It’s a lot of information, so let me break down the highlights.

Your editor might output avi, wmv, or mov, but what YouTube prefers is mp4. Within that, you want to use the h.264 codec.

Can you do stereo? What about 5.1? Yes and yep.

What about frame rate? Are 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 acceptable? Yes, all of them.

Does youtube like progressive video? Yes, but not interlaced.

What about different resolutions? Everything from 120-4k (and everything in between).

The preferred bit rates for video are 2.5 mbps for 480p, 5 mbps for 720p, and 1080p needs to be 8 mbps (all assuming 30 fps or less and all other settings above).

Finally, if your video is 4:3 or 16:9, that’s okay, but don’t put letterboxed bars on a video or you’ll get both letterboxed and pillar boxed video. No one wants that. 😉

Watch the video above for more details and to transcode to these settings consider MPEG Streamclip. To learn how to use it, take a look at this tutorial.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.