Which Video Formats Does Dacast Support?

Video Encoding and Transcoding
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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. 

View the List

 

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 CODEC H.264 (x264 may work)
FRAME RATE 25 or 30
KEYFRAME INTERVAL 2 secs (or 2x frame rate)
SCANNING Progressive
ENCODING BITRATE Constant (CBR)
AUDIO CODEC AAC
AUDIO BITRATE 128 kbps
AUDIO CHANNELS 2 (Stereo)
AUDIO SAMPLE RATE 48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

 

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