Although we accept just about any video and audio codecs, frame rates, bitrates, resolutions, and aspect ratios, there are some settings that will result in a better experience. By following these compression guidelines, you can ensure the best possible video quality and playback performance with SproutVideo.


Container: MP4

Codec: H.264

  • Progressive scan (no interlacing)
  • Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0

Frame rate: Up to 60 FPS

Recommended resolutions and bitrates:

Type Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate
360p 1 Mbps 1.5 Mbps
480p 2.5 Mbps 4 Mbps
720p 5 Mbps 7.5 Mbps
1080p 8 Mbps 12 Mbps
1440p (2k) 16 Mbps 24 Mbps
2160p (4k) 35-45 Mbps 53-68 Mbps


Codec: AAC (Advanced Audio Codec)

Bit Rate: up to 192 kbps

Sample rate: 44.1 kHz

Channels: 2 channel stereo


Here are the resolutions and bitrates for your videos after being processed on the SproutVideo hosting platform.

Resolution Video Bitrate Audio Bitrate
240p 400 kbps 64 kbps
360p 800 kbps 96 kbps
480p 1,200 kbps 96 kbps
720p 2,500 kbps 128 kbps
1080p 5,000 kbps 192 kbps
2K 9,600 kbps 192 kbps
4K 16,000 kbps 192 kbps
8K 28,000 kbps 192 kbps
Section: Encoding and Processing Videos
Last Updated: August 30, 2016