A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Vimeo accepts most major video codecs, but for best results we recommend using H.264. If you’re uploading High Definition (HD) video, choose the High Profile H.264 setting instead of Main Profile.
Advanced H.264 settings: To make your uploads extra smooth, choose the following advanced settings whenever possible.
- Closed GOP
- CABAC (to reduce your file size)
Here are some codecs that will not work on Vimeo: Go2Meeting, Canopus HQ, Apple Intermediate Codec.
Frame rate: 24, 25, or 30 FPS (Constant)
Vimeo accepts videos with frame rates of 24 (or 23.976), 25, and 30 (or 29.97). If you know the frame rate of your footage, it's best to encode your final video at the same frame rate. However, if your footage exceeds 30 FPS (frames per second), you should encode your video at half that frame rate. For example, if you shot at 60 FPS, you should encode your final video at 30 FPS. If you're uncertain what frame rate you shot at, set your frame rate to either "Current" or 30 FPS. If there is an option for keyframes, choose the same value you used for frame rate. Important: Always choose "constant" frame rate instead of "variable" frame rate.
Bit rate: 2,000 – 5,000 kbit/s (SD) / 5,000 – 10,000 kbit/s (720p HD) / 10,000 – 20,000 kbit/s (1080p HD)
Bit rate (aka data rate) controls both the visual quality of the video and its file size. In most video editors, this is measured in kilobits per second (kbit/s). When you have the option, choose a “variable” bit rate and set the target to at least 2,000 kbit/s for standard definition (SD) video or 5,000 kbit/s for HD. Plus and PRO members have the option of uploading 1080p HD footage, which we recommend encoding at a bit rate of at least 10,000 kbit/s.
Resolution: 640 pixels wide (SD) or 1280 pixels wide (HD)
Common resolutions for SD video include 640 x 480 px (4:3 aspect ratio) and 640 x 360 px (16:9 aspect ratio). The most common setting for HD video is 1280 x 720 px (16:9 aspect ratio). Plus and PRO members have the option to present their videos at 1080p. 1920 x 1080 px is the most common resolution for 1080p video.
Format Resolution Bit rate Standard Definition (SD)
4:3 aspect ratio
640 x 480 px 2,000 – 5,000 kbit/s Standard Definition (SD)
16:9 aspect ratio
640 x 360 px 2,000 – 5,000 kbit/s 720p HD Video
16:9 aspect ratio
1280 x 720 px 5,000 – 10,000 kbit/s 1080p HD Video (Plus/PRO)
16:9 aspect ratio
1920 x 1080 px 10,000 – 20,000 kbit/s
Codec: AAC-LC (Advanced Audio Codec)
For best results, we recommend using AAC-LC (low complexity) for the audio codec. Vimeo does not accept ER-AAC-LD.
Data rate: 320 kbit/s
For best results, encode your audio at constant rate of 320 kbit/s.
Sample rate: 48 kHz
For best results, set your audio sample rate to 48 kHz. If your working setting is already less than or equal to 48 kHz, leave it as is.
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