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

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Post » Fri May 09, 2014 2:21 am

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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Post » Fri May 09, 2014 2:25 am

Is a video required to launch? How do I make a good one?
Videos are not required to launch, but projects with a video succeed at a much higher rate (50% vs. 30%), and they also raise more money. So we highly recommend that you include one! Visit Kickstarter School for tips on making a great video.

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.
Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/cr ... #faq_41830

Also guide: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/creato ... e-to-video

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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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 1:53 am

Thanks!
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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 3:29 am

Actually, I think kickstarter videos can be at 60 fps.
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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 4:01 am

@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.
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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 4:56 am

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. :/
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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 5:11 am

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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 6:55 am

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

Edit: and for those interested:
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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

Video
ID                               : 1
Format                           : AVC
Format/Info                      : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                   : [email protected]
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

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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

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Post » Sun May 11, 2014 1:55 pm

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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