What are the recommended encoder settings for my stream?

Please be aware of the default settings of your encoderFor instance, the default settings in Wirecast are for 720p HD videos.

Below is a reminder on the common recommendations for bit rates for various video resolutions
1/ Low definition  - 360p video:
size (measured in pixels): 640 x 360
video bit-rate: 400 Kbps – 1000 Kbps
audio bit-rate: 64kbps(mono)

2/Standard definition - 480p video:
size: 854x480
video bit-rate: 500 Kbps – 2 Mbps (1 Mbps = 1000 Kbps)
audio bit-rate: 128kbps (stereo)

3/ 720p HD definition:
size: 1280 x 720
video bit-rate: 1.5 – 4 Mbps
audio bit-rate: 128kbps, stereo

4/1080p, full HD definition:
size: 1920 x 1080
video bit-rate: 3 – 6 Mbps
audio bit-rate: 256 Kbps, stereo

5/ 4K, Ultra HD definition:
size: 3840 x 2160
video bit-rate: 13 – 34 Mbps
audio bit-rate: 256 Kbps, stereo

Single bit-rate
we recommend a standard definition (480p) under 1000kpbs (audio and video bit-rates included. 

Multi bit-rates
Please keep in mind that:

  • Your total bandwidth requirements will be the total of all your streams added together, audio and video bitrates.
  • Your internet speed connection has to be at least the double of your total bandwidth requirements (to test your internet speed connection:

Note: To record your stream using DaCast Auto Archiving Beta feature, please remember that the maximum bit-rate allowed is 3.5 Mbps. It means that if you are doing a multi bit-rate stream, your total amount of bandwidth should not exceed 3.5Mbps. 

For more details, fee free to read our article on recommended encoder settings