Which Video Formats Does Dacast Support?

By Harmonie Duhamel

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Harmonie Duhamel

Harmonie is a Senior digital marketer with over 6 years in the Tech Industry. She has a strong marketing and sales background and loves to work in multilingual environments.

    Optimal Video Formats for Dacast

    The optimal format is:

    • MP4
    • H.264
    • AAC

    This ensures great delivery over the widest range of devices. However, other formats can be uploaded and then transcoded over the system to become compatible.

    All Video Formats Supported

    Dacast currently supports the following video file formats:

    • mp4 — MPEG-4
    • .mov, .qt — Apple QuickTime
    • .flv, .f4v — Adobe Flash
    • .wmv, .asf — Windows Media 9
    • .mpg, .vob, .m2v, .mp2 — MPEG-2
    • .m4v — Apple iTunes
    • .avi — A/V Interleave
    • .webm — WebM (Vorbis audio only)
    • .ogv, .ogg — Ogg
    • .mxf — MXF
    • .mts — AVCHD
    • .mkv — Matroska
    • .r3d, .rm — Red Raw Video
    • .flac — Native Flac
    • .mj2 — Motion JPEG2000

    Please check out a more inclusive list from our third-party encoding partner.

    How Do I Convert a Video File?

    If your video is not in one of these formats, you will need to convert it before we can accept the file. Luckily there are a number of free encoding applications that will do this for you. 

    What is Encoding?

    Encoding is a process used to convert the RAW video files captured by a camera into one of the digital file types that we listed above so that it’s suitable for streaming over the internet. In the situation of live streaming, the encoder feeds digital video files to the streaming platform in real-time. 

    Required Encoder Settings

    The following encoder settings are required for live streaming with Dacast, regardless of your selected resolution and bitrate:

    VIDEO CODECH.264 (x264 may work)
    FRAME RATE25 or 30
    KEYFRAME INTERVAL2 secs (or 2x frame rate)
    SCANNINGProgressive
    ENCODING BITRATEConstant (CBR)
    AUDIO CODECAAC
    AUDIO BITRATE128 kbps
    AUDIO CHANNELS2 (Stereo)
    AUDIO SAMPLE RATE48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

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