Before you get started it's a good idea to read some nerdy jargon around best practices on video quality.
Video compression reduces a video's file size to improve upload and playback speed without negatively impacting video resolution, at least that's the goal. For the best upload and playback experience in Uscreen, we recommend following these video encoding and compression guidelines prior to uploading:
- Format: MP4 (file extension .mp4)
- 1080p/2K or smaller - Videos less than 2048x1152p are considered standard
- H.264 video codec - the most common codec and supported by almost every device
- 20 fps - 60 fps (23.98 fps is a good option)
Additional items you may want to check:
- 8Mbps or less - bit rates higher than 8Mbps can cause playback issues for viewers
- 10-second max keyframe interval
- 8-bit 4:2:0 or less
- Closed GOP (group of pictures)
Please note that large, uncompressed files or files in the wrong format, like FLV or M4V, may not upload properly and can get stuck in transcoding.
We do not recommend uploading files larger than 13GB at a time. You may certainly try to upload larger files, however, the larger the file, the longer the transcoding time, and the more likely buffering will be experienced initially for your end-users due to a larger manifest for the file. We recommend you break up larger video files and add them to a collection to avoid delays in upload, transcoding, and viewing inconveniences for your end-users.
If you would like to speed up the uploading process a bit, you might want to consider using Dropbox to upload your videos, then use our Dropbox upload option. Again, we do recommend limiting uploads to 13GB at a time.
We accept most audio formats, but some things outside of AAC/MP3 will be transcoded, which may delay the readiness of the asset. Otherwise, we take non-stereo input and convert it to stereo; for higher fidelity audio, create the content with prepared stereo audio before uploading.
Tip: Make sure you are using one of our supported browsers before you begin uploading your videos to Uscreen.
You can read our tips on how to make file sizes smaller without losing quality, here.
To make your videos available in your catalog you'll need to give them a category.