A guide to understanding video quality and bitrates

While streaming your favorite content, you might have experienced hazy, unclear videos. You might have also tried to enhance the video quality by changing the internet connections. Video quality is a significant factor to consider while streaming online as it can greatly impact a viewer’s experience.  

There are different aspects of video quality to consider. They are resolution, frame rate, and bitrate.  

Resolution refers to the number of pixels in a video, and the higher the resolution, the sharper and clearer the video will be. The most common resolution for streaming video is 1080p, which is 1920×1080 pixels.  

Frame rate refers to the number of frames displayed per second, and the higher the frame rate, the smoother the video will be. The standard frame rate for video streaming is 25 and 30 frames per second (fps).  

Now let us understand what bitrate represents. The amount of video data transferred per second is known as bitrate.  The higher the bitrate, the better the video quality will be. Bitrate plays a significant role in determining quality. This means, larger the bitrate, larger will be the video size. 

In this blog, we will be explaining the ideal bitrate vs resolution to select for optimal video quality at less bitrate and hence smaller file size. 

How will you tackle this? By choosing the right bitrate. Let us break it down for you. 

What exactly is a bitrate? 

As mentioned above, bitrate is a term used to describe the amount of data that is used to represent a certain amount of audio or video information. Bitrate is measured in bits per second or bps.