Whether you are already a YouTube star or you’re just new to this business and you have a video to share with the whole wide world, don’t hurry to hit the upload button on gigantic platforms like YouTube or Vimeo just yet. Uploading uncompressed files videos could go terribly wrong, especially if you are concerned about video quality.
You will first learn that it is best to compress your work before you make it public on YouTube or Vimeo.
If you have tried squeezing and suffered from bad compressing distress in the past, you can now say goodbye to poor quality uploads. In the article below, we will offer you some useful compression tips for uploading and sharing great looking video content on the web.
Days, when we were watching low-quality videos, are long gone. Nowadays, you can compress videos without losing any quality.
Compressing is not mandatory, but recommended
Compression of a video file basically means the reducing the quality of data in digital video images. This action is carried out by encoding a file with a compression algorithm and thus allowing it to take up less storage space.
So, when broadcasting yourself in the video editor of your choice at full quality, you will probably get a darn big file. It’ll probably take ages to upload such a large file on YouTube and so, online video converter tools are just what you need.
Best and most used video formats
It is important to match a certain file type to the right video platform to reduce playback issues.
- MP4 is a type of file which delivers excellent quality in a small size and it is the most popular format for online video sharing on video platforms like YouTube or Vimeo.
- WMV was initially designed for live streaming programs and it features tiny size and good quality. It can also be easily transferred via email.
- FLV became the most popular video file these days because it is one of the smallest file sizes after compression, while it preserves high quality. Videos in this format load quickly on the Internet. It is also known as Flash Video.
- OGG is mainly a streaming format, to store both video and audio data. It has one of the best sound quality formats out there and it helps you save space while getting the same quality.
- AVI is one of the oldest used formats and a long-time standard container developed by Windows. It can also run on Macintosh and Linux. Meanwhile, AVI was slowly replaced by the WMV.
Main reasons to compress videos before uploading them to the web
You were probably compressing videos already whether you knew this or not:
1. Your video file size and format
Video file size rely on many variables: high definition and standard definition, frames per second, color palette, compression and likewise, the amount of movement in the video. Uncompressed files are extremely large and their upload might take forever.
YouTube’s limit for uploading a specific file size is 20 GB, whilst on Vimeo, you can upload a 500 MB video for a Basic account. In addition, both YouTube and Vimeo support 720p and 1080p video resolutions. Basically, if you decide to upload a high bitrate video, these two will probably re-encode it for you and the result will be not so good.
In a nutshell, if your video is 250 MB or more, you should consider compress it. Compressing the file will not only convert the file format into a more web-friendly one, but it will also reduce its size.
2. Video Outputs approved by YouTube and Vimeo
Although, YouTube and Vimeo have together a pretty huge list of supported video formats such as MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, 3GP, FLV, MPEG, MKV, SWF but if you just shot a video, you are foremost advised to edit it and convert it before uploading it. The idea is to choose smaller size formats like WMV, AVI, FLV.
3. Reduce mobile data usage or save bandwidth
Bandwidth is the uploader’s connection speed to the Internet.
We all encountered bandwidth issues when tried to upload an amazing video online so far, didn’t we?
Here’s the thing: smaller files upload faster than those uncompressed and this way, it saves bandwidth when you try to upload it on the web. It also loads much rapidly when played back.
In other words, always try to encode a file that is far smaller than the bandwidth allocation of your network and you will hasten the upload its next to reducing its size.
4. Slow Internet connections
Internet connections are not alike, so better make sure you are uploading video files from home and not from the Wi-Fi from the coffee shop.
Size does matter
Many videos fail to stream and often pause during playback. Luckily for you, there are a lot of programs on the web that will reformat your videos with zero quality loss (lossless). No need to torment yourself extra over this.
A graphic complex video will always demand a higher bitrate than others with a lower complexity.
Basically, given the ball and chain of the current technology advance, we pray to maintain a great balance between quality and delivery waiting time while compressing a video file.