How should I export video files for hosting in my editSuite?

The Upload Multimedia module allows you to create and manage drop down menus on your site where you can display multimedia content. You can upload HTML, .mov, .swf, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, .mp3 or .pdf files. Once you have created a dropdown menu, uploaded a file, and given the file a title it will be visible in the drop down menu on your site. When a viewer clicks on the file title a pop up window will open displaying the content that you have uploaded. 

Files are not adjusted by the upload process, so if you are noticing that the resolution or playback of your files needs improvement you'll need to go back to the program you've used to create them and export new versions of the content. The editSuite allows you to host a wide range of multimedia file formats in varying dimensions and it is up to you to find the right balance between file size and visual quality. 

Due to varying client preferences, and the number of ways to do it, when it comes to video export we do not have any strict guidelines. Many clients just use Quicktime Pro® for exporting video and use generic 'export for web' settings. You may find our tutorial video on exporting video files to be helpful (fullsize video here). More advanced settings typically encompass the following factors:

Compression type, fps, pixel dimensions, data rate.

H.264 is today's standard compression type. It provides high definition at low data rate. Newer hardware such as iPhones and laptops are hardware accelerated for H.264, meaning they contain a chip dedicated to converting/displaying this compression type, taking the load off of the CPU.

Frames Per Second: most video from hand held devices is 30fps. The interesting thing is that there can be a trade-off when compressing the video. You can keep the 30fps but lower the quality of each frame to achieve a lower file size, or you can lower the frame rate (cut it in half) and keep the higher quality images leading to a better looking video.

Pixel Dimensions: Youtube is 320×240 (aka QVGA), and liveBooks tends to make embedded video pages around 500x375.
You should keep in mind that doubling a video's pixel dimensions quadruples the file size and the required data rate.

Data Rate is a little tricky. A general formula for calculating data rate is as follows:

Data Rate = (frames per second) X (movie width) X (movie height) divided by 29000.

For example: A 320x240 movie with 15 frames per second needs to be compressed to about 39.7K of data per second.

* For a frame size of 1920 x 1080 (full high definition), choose a data rate of 7,000-8,000 Kbps.
* For a frame size of 1280 x 720 (commonly-used high definition), choose a data rate of 5,000-6,000 Kbps.
* For a frame size of 640 x 480 (standard definition), choose a data rate of 1,000-2,000 Kbps.
* For a frame size of 320 x 240 (Internet-size content), choose a data rate of 300-500 Kbps.
* For a frame size of 176 x 144 (3G), choose a data rate of 50-60 Kbps for 10-15 fps content, or up to 150-200 Kbps for 24-30 fps content.

We also offer video page upgrades that we will optimize and embed directly into your site frame for you. If you're interested in this upgrade please feel free to contact the Support Team for examples.

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