Doing my steam and kickstarter video.. what the specs ?

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  • Hi,

    I am currently starting to do my steam and kickstarter video. I was wondering what would be the specs ?

    Should i go for 30 fps or 60 fps ?

    Should i go for 720p ?

    Should i go for mpeg-4 ?

    Thanks for your tips!

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    Your project video's file size must be 5GB or less and one of the following file types: MOV, MPEG, AVI, MP4, 3GP, WMV, FLV

    For video encoding, use WMV format in Windows. On Mac, use H.264. In both cases, the key variable is the “bit rate,” so look for that box. If it’s measured in kilobits per second (kbps), try 1500 to start. If it’s measured in megabits per second (Mbps), try 1.5. If the file is too big: Make that number smaller. If the quality seems bad: Make it bigger.

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    Edit: not sure about resolution, but go for 720p. I don't think KS videos can go higher. But don't quote me on it. Same with FPS. I'm assuming 30 or thereabouts is the max.

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  • Actually, I think kickstarter videos can be at 60 fps.

  • Arima do you have anything to confirm this? It's not listed on any public Kickstarter pages, and while many Google searches seems to indicate there's no suggested frame rate, it seems more that if ~60fps isn't being noted as a feature, it's probably not available, and the videos downconverted to 30 or lower, like YouTube.

  • I've tried, but for some odd reason can't find any mention of it. Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but I recall seeing a couple project's videos on kickstarter and thinking about how much I want youtube to support 60 fps because the framerate looked great (I'm really fussy about video quality). I can't remember what those projects were called, though. :/

  • Arima nice! That's definitely something to keep in mind. The difference is definitely noticeable, too.

    Edit: and for those interested:

    Format                           : MPEG-4
    Format profile                   : Base Media
    Codec ID                         : isom
    File size                        : 14.1 MiB
    Duration                         : 2mn 39s
    Overall bit rate                 : 740 Kbps
    Encoded date                     : UTC 2014-04-08 11:35:21
    Tagged date                      : UTC 2014-04-08 11:35:21
    ID                               : 1
    Format                           : AVC
    Format/Info                      : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile                   : Higheto@L3.1
    Format settings, CABAC           : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames        : 3 frames
    Codec ID                         : avc1
    Codec ID/Info                    : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration                         : 2mn 39s
    Bit rate mode                    : Variable
    Bit rate                         : 633 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate                 : 2 784 Kbps
    Width                            : 640 pixels
    Height                           : 360 pixels
    Display aspect ratio             : 16:9
    Frame rate mode                  : Constant
    Frame rate                       : 60.000 fps
    Color space                      : YUV
    Chroma subsampling               : 4:2:0
    Bit depth                        : 8 bits
    Scan type                        : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.046
    Stream size                      : 12.0 MiB (86%)
    Writing library                  : Zencoder Video Encoding System
    Encoded date                     : UTC 2014-04-08 11:34:27
    Tagged date                      : UTC 2014-04-08 11:35:21
    ID                               : 2
    Format                           : AAC
    Format/Info                      : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile                   : LC
    Codec ID                         : 40
    Duration                         : 2mn 39s
    Bit rate mode                    : Variable
    Bit rate                         : 104 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate                 : 122 Kbps
    Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
    Channel positions                : Front: L R
    Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
    Compression mode                 : Lossy
    Stream size                      : 1.96 MiB (14%)
    Encoded date                     : UTC 2014-04-08 11:35:21
    Tagged date                      : UTC 2014-04-08 11:35:21
  • Interesting.. so 60 fps is supported. That good to know because it seem really smooth at 60 fps if you compare.

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