Bitrate refers to the number of bits or data that is processed or conveyed in a specific amount of time. In live streaming, bitrate is used to measure the speed of upload and download transfers. The higher the bitrate, the higher the video quality, but also the larger the file.
File size = bitrate (kilobits per second) x duration. In most cases, 1 byte per second (1 B/s) corresponds to 8 bit/s. For your videos to stream steadily, the video resolutions have to match with the right video bitrate. The right video bitrates for streaming are;
- For full HD videos with a standard resolution, set bitrate between 3,500 to 5,000 kbps.
- For regular HD videos with a standard resolution, set bitrate between 2,500 to 4,000 kbps.
- For full HD videos with high resolution, set bitrate between 4,500 to 6,000 kbps.
- For regular HD videos with high resolution, set bitrate between 3,500 to 5,000 kbps.
Adaptive bitrate video players have been game-changing since they automatically deliver the rendition of the video with the appropriate bitrate in response to a real-time analysis of each viewer’s internet speed. Bitrate is also something that is important in the encoding or transcoding stage of the streaming process since this too deals with the transfer of data.