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Old July 20th, 2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Data rate at exporting to clients

Hello I wonder what data rates you generally use and recommend for professional HD videos for corporate clients? I guess there are two categories:

1. For clients who want to play the video on a computer screen or video projector (through a digital file).

2. For clients who want to put their video on Youtube HD or Vimeo HD.

I mostly use MP4 H264 files.

Since the question isn't connected to any specific software I thought this forum was the best. Thank you for your input.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Data rate at exporting to clients

That's a good question. Part of it might be determined by where you are going to place it.

You also have to know what type of you tube experience they are looking for. Doesn't you tube have a 200mb limit with certain types of accounts?

Anyway I like the Vimeo standard for HD at 5000kbs
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Old July 21st, 2013, 02:52 AM   #3
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Re: Data rate at exporting to clients

For YouTube this is what is recommended. Note that YouTube size limit is now 2GB for most users. It was raised to this several years ago I think. The 15 minute limit was also removed, at least from my account, some time ago too.

Vimeo also has their own specific recommendations - and if you are a Plus or Pro member that may affect the resolution (720p or 1080p) and encoding bit rates best used. Just search to find the detailed recommendations and study them carefully.

Display within client environments here in the UK is often problematic if you don't do your homework up front with them. WMV HD 720p at something like 5Mbps bitrate "usually" works for most of my corporate clients for laptop and conference room via overhead projector uses - sometimes other resolutions and bit rates are needed and better though.

I don't know what it would be like in Columbia but best way is to create some standard "test files", e.g. of your showreel and see which ones each client can play.

Some corporates struggle to play MP4s, even now, as their IT departments tend to lock them into older software standards, WMP 9, limited codec support, not allowing VLC player, sometimes not allowing YouTube access either...etc...etc. Every client seems to have different problems that need to be understood and overcome.

YMMV but hope this helps.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 04:36 AM   #4
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Re: Data rate at exporting to clients

I have always delivered MP4 (H264) 720p or 1080p at 5mbs for corporates and upload for You Tube etc.
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