What Is Video Bitrate? 4 Things You Need To Know


What Is Bitrate?
Bitrate (bit rate or as a variable R) is the number of bits that are conveyed or processed per second. The symbol of video bitrate is bit/s. In most environments, 1 byte consists of 8 bits.

Video bitrate is the amount of video data transferred for a unit of time. Usually, it determines the quality as well as the size of video/audio files. You have to make sure the data transfer quickly if you want to create a great video.

How Bitrate Affects Video Quality?
We will consider this issue in two aspects.

First, bitrate is the key measure of any video file size. But, using extreme high bitrate video will waste bandwidth. For instance, compared to 1000 kbps video, 2000 kbps video will consume double bandwidth.

Second, high bitrate means high video quality. When exporting the same video with the same resolution, using a higher bitrate will accommodate higher image quality in the video output.

If you choose a high resolution, more data will be processed, thus the bitrate should be expected to go up.

In a word, high video bitrate makes sure the video has excellent quality. Please note that a high bit rate will place a major strain on your hardware.

What Is The Best Video Bitrate for YouTube Videos?
Now, many users want to share their video on the largest video sharing site – YouTube. However, do you know the best encoding settings for your videos on YouTube?
Recommended Video Bitrates for HDR Uploads


6.5Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

9.5 Mbits/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]


10Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

15Mbits/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]

1440P (2k)

20Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

30Mbits/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]


44-56Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

66-85Mbits/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]

Recommended Video Bitrates for SDR Uploads

1 Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

1.5 Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]


2.5 Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

4 Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]


5Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

7.5Mbits/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]


8Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

12Mbit/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]

1440P (2K)

16Mbit/s [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

24Mbit/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]


35-45Mbits [24FPS, 25FPS, 30FPS]

53-68Mbit/s [48FPS, 50FPS, 60FPS]

How to Change Video Bitrate?
Reading here, you might have basic information about bitrate. Changing bitrate not only can reduce video file size but also can change video quality.

Steps on How to Change Video Bitrate
Step 1. Import your files to MiniTool MovieMaker.

Download and install the free MiniTool MovieMaker on your PC. Launch this free video bitrate converter to get its main interface.

Click the Import Media Files button to import your video file, drag and drop this video file you want to change its bitrate to timeline.
Step 2. Select video format

Click the Export button to continue.

Here, we can see the PC and MP4 are selected by default.

If you want to save the video file to iPhone or other devices, you can click the Device and choose iPhone.

If you want to change video file format, you can choose another format including WMV, AVI, MOV, F4V, MKV, TS, 3GP, WEBM, GIF, others. This free tool even can easily convert video to MP3.

Step 3. Change video bitrate

To change bitrate, you should click the Setting button. Next, you can change the bitrate according to actual needs.

Step 4. Save video bitrate

After selecting a suitable video bitrate, please click OK to go back to the Export window. Next, give the name of this video and choose a location to store it, and click Export button again to save this video with a new video bitrate.

What is a good bitrate for 1080p?
If your 1080p video has a high framerate (60fps), your bitrate should be 4500 to 6000kpbs. If your 1080p video has a standard framerate (30fps), your bitrate should be 3500 to 5000 kbps.

How is bitrate calculated?
Here are the simplified formulas which you can calculate instantly. In these formulas, we use megabits for bitrate and gigabytes for file size.

Bitrate = frequency × bit depth × channels
1,411,200 bits per second (or 1,411.2 kbps) = 44,100 samples per second × 16 bits per sample × 2 channels
338,688,000 bits (or 40.37 megabytes) =14,411,200 × 240
File size = bitrate * number of minutes * .0075
0075=1/8 * 60 / 1000

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