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How Should I Export my Videos for Blip?

Blip Support
posted this on November 29, 2010, 4:09 PM

We strongly recommend exporting your Source/Master copy as a Quicktime-compatible h.264 file for the best result. We specifically recommend the following settings:

Frame Size: 720 x 480 (1280 x 720 if you have a Pro account and would like an HD version as well)

Video Codec: H.264

Audio Codec: AAC

Video Bitrate: 3.5Mbps - 5.0Mbps

Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps

Fast Start Enabled: Yes

Newer versions of Quicktime give the option to "Save for Web". When using this option the default setting for "Computer" works great.



Many of our producers use MPEG Streamclip to do their final compression. Here are the settings that we've found work well on blip (checking Multipass will give you a smaller file size with the same great quality, but it will significantly increase the time it takes to encode your video):

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If you do not have the ability to export a H.264 Quicktime file we recommend trying to follow these export settings as closely as possible in regards to bitrate, codec, etc. regardless of format. We'll still try our best to transcode your file to be used in our Blip Player and for distribution across the web.



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Alexander Wilon

Hello,  I found that the Quicktime "Computer" setting does not work well with Blip.  The resulting film is blotchy--especially noticeable with fast moving scenes.  The movements leave a jagged trail behind that is very unattractive.  I noticed that since Blip moved away from FLV, my uploaded videos will often fail to convert successfully.  I never experienced any issues before the change over.  Recently I have had to re-upload videos on many occasions.  :-(

May 1, 2011, 3:46 AM
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Tony Languren

That's not enough info. Where is one for Sony Vegas

May 12, 2011, 1:54 AM
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BLIPTV prefers MACS, don't believe me try using upperblip on a pc look upload speed , then try using upper blip on a mac notice much faster upload speed....

good tip

June 14, 2011, 6:47 PM
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Brittany Allyn

I hope this can help someone. I use Sony Vegas and was having trouble uploading my .wmv file.  For me the Quicktime files weren't looking good so I really wanted to use the wmv.  The problem was the file was way too big.  I fooled with the settings in Sony Vegas and here's what worked.  When rendering I Chose 1280x 720 HD.  Also did a custom render.  I chose 6mpbs HD - 720-30p, CBR for the audio and video setting, fo rthe audio Windows Media Audio 10 pro and for the quality Best.  Hope this can save someone a headache or two.  My video was 20 minutes in length and now under the 1GB limit.


July 30, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Craig Schoonmaker

Why don't you tell us what extension relates to each of these preferred formats?  Are our files supposed to be .MOV, .WMV, .AVI, .MPG, or something else?  .MOV and .AVI files are too large to fit under the 1GB limit in many cases.  I have to know what format you're talking about before I can even look to convert my files.  Pls advise.  We aren't all graduates of college computer graphics programs, you know.

October 18, 2011, 3:12 PM
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Blip Support

Hi Craig- Two Quicktime-compatible h.264 file extensions are .MP4 and .MOV

October 18, 2011, 6:48 PM
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Lior Paster

I created a video with Cyberlink PowerDirector 10 Ultra. I tried to export and upload with various formats and having issues. I exported to H.264 AVC but it creates M2TS file, I assume that won't work for Blip. I also tried to export as .MOV but after uploading I get error email from Blip saying "has failed to convert to H.264". 

Anyone can please tell me what to convert to and settings in Cyberlink Power director 10 ?  


January 29, 2012, 6:50 PM
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Fes Works

So, I spent all day rendering the same video in different formats and search the web for the answer., PLEASE ANSWER DIRECTLY!

Using Adobe, ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS5, what are the settings I need to export a file for you? All instructions I find on your site (and across the internet) do not match available settings (or don't answer ENOUGH of available settings), for ANYTHING ADOBE.

I have Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and 10, and saved as MPGs. Those all worked. The file size matched my source files, and they played online as they did on my computer. Now, using the best of my knowledge of GUESSING the correct settings, based on the incomplete information on your site, I come up with a nice H.264, 720x480 widescreen MP4 video (29.97 fps), Progressive (because Lower and Upper looked hideous) file.

I get a... MUCH smaller file than before (with the MPGs), but it looks great. Works absolutely fine with Windows media player and VLC. I upload it, and bazzam, it's horizontally squished for no good reason I can figure out.

I am trying a new configuration now, to see if that will work. I'd rather not spend all my time making new videos and uploading. Trial and Error are not conducive of my time. You guys should know these settings. Everyone doesn't use Macs.


April 6, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Fes Works

Yeah, I tried different variations. MOV completely doesn't work right on my computer (yes, using H.264), it looks squished on the computer, in spite of the 720x480 setting.

Also, the H.264 settings, which port as MP4, when I set them to 720x480 Progressive, they look just fine and dandy on my own computer with two different players, but when I upload them, they get squished!

April 6, 2012, 2:36 PM
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Blip Support

Hi Fes - look in your settings for something like "anamorphic" or "anamorphic pixels". If it's checked, uncheck it. This is what causes your videos to come out "squished".

April 11, 2012, 3:53 PM
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Shilpi Roy

Hi Blip,

Just want to make sure that I'm not missing something. I have a free account and therefore my best compression settings for blip are Standard Def, the ones written above. However, if I want to use blip to post to youtube, it would be sending my standard def file over to youtube for transcoding.

If I'm looking for the best quality in both places, then does it make sense for me to upload two separate files, an SD file for blip and an HD one to youtube? Or can I upload an HD quicktime to Blip, have it transcode correctlyl, and then cross post to youtube and save myself a couple of steps?

Lastly, I heard something about posting to youtube, and linking back to it on blip, any chance that would preserve the HD of the youtube video?

August 12, 2012, 8:31 PM
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I use Microsoft Expression Encoder, but the general "stats" should work fine for any program.


My video bitrate is 2500 kbps. Audio is 128 kbps stereo at 44.1 khz

Video resolution is 852*480 and cropped to fill the player a little better.


This should work pretty well as a baseline for any program you may use... Sony Vegas, Movie Maker, VideoPad. Whatever.

December 7, 2012, 8:49 PM
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Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth
Having trouble uploading my TV show - the files have to be under 1.5 GB, and the show is 1.67 GB after running it through Streamclip. Multipass does NOTHING. The only way I seem to be able to get it small enough is to edit out part of the show. Anyone have ideas how to compress it and not sacrifice too much quality to get it under 1.5? It's an hour long show.
February 6, 2013, 9:19 AM
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