Aaron Gifford 6 years ago Hi, I'm pretty new to the community, I was hoping to get some information about what bit rate people have been choosing for their exports to maximize their video quality. The bulk of my videos will be scuba diving footage and I would like to try and maintain the highest detail possible for the images. Premiere has a Vimeo HD setting and I have seen posts on the site like here (vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/30/video-101-exporting-to-share-on-vimeo-with-windows-live-movie-maker) suggesting using 5Mbps as a bitrate. However, since the video is compressed a second time by Vimeo after uploading I am wondering if it would not be best to use a higher bit rate for the initial upload to try and maintain quality. I did a test where I uploaded the same clip twice, once exported at the Vimeo recommended setting of 5 Mbsec (vimeo.com/19037473) and the other exported at 12 Mbsec (vimeo.com/19023350). The higher bitrate video had noticeably better clarity and detail. It is especially apparent when viewing the first frame from each video. You can test this by opening each video in a different browser tab and quickly starting and stopping it so it is paused on the first frame. Then tab back and forth between the clips you can see a much different level of detail in the waves. I am hoping to get some feedback from the community or Vimeo on the best settings to use. In my mind the ideal situation would be for Vimeo to release a list of settings that exactly match the videos used on the site. That way if we conformed to those settings we could export from our high quality originals to a video that would not require re-encoding. Barring that I am wondering if it would be best to upload videos at the highest bitrate that will fit in the allowed file size, to try and limit the detail loss from double encoding. I would love to hear if anyone else had experience with this and their suggestions for the best output.