Some of you guys have crazy stream settings, so I’m writing this assuming you actually want everyone to be able to watch you. If you don’t care about that, or you are hollywood and have quality options on your stream, then just ignore this.
Your bitrate might be too high for fisher price internet. Depending on the content and resolution of your video, lowering the bitrate can produce extremely similar image quality while making your stream demand a much lower download speed requirement. There’s no magic number for bitrate settings but here’s some things to factor into your decision in setting the number…
- Videos or game footage with lots of fast movement and colors will benefit more from a higher bitrate
- The “looks pixellated/blurry” effect you get with lower bitrates is less horrible looking with lower resolutions
- Kbps = Kilobits per second. KBps = KiloBytes per second. 1 KiloByte = 8 Kilobits
- Current global internet speed stats
- Just because someone CAN download 17Mbps (Megabits per second), it doesn’t mean you should make them. Many people do more than one thing on the internet at a time, and may have family members or roommates sharing their internet connection. This can greatly reduce the amount of internet they can dedicate to your stream.
- “Just how am I supposed to find out how big a megabut is on the internet?”
Higher resolutions, especially anything considered HD (720p and above), can be too much for laptops and toasters to handle. While some pc games with fine text may require high resolutions, most of the time for consoles and old movies it is unnecessary. Consider that the most popular resolution for watching youtube videos on PC’s is still 360p.
How big is 1080p?
This last one seems to be less complained about but can still be a factor for bad computers. While a game may run at 60 frames per second, if your viewers are having problems watching you might want to ask yourself if the experience is actually very different to a spectator if viewed at 30 or 15 frames per second. Also, most films are filmed at like 24 frames per second. Decreasing the framerate can improve picture quality without increasing bitrate. (maybe)
- video: 563kbps, audio: 128kbps
- width: 640, height: 360
- 25 fps
A quick and decent setup almost everyone can view. It may look like shit depending on how much action is going on.
- Pixels per Second = Desired Video Width * Desired Video Height * Frames per Second
- Quality (aka Bits per Pixel):
- Shit = 0.03
- Great = 0.1
- Bitrate = Pixels per Second * Quality * 0.000976563
A formula for determining video bitrate, in kilobits, based on resolution and framerate. Any higher bitrate than something calculated with “Great” quality should be overkill (according to the internet). Use the height, width and fps values of the capture source for maximum quality. Otherwise just pick lower values, never higher. (There is a good chance some computers/connections wont be able to handle this setup. See above.)