SD vs. HD vs. 4K: Live Streaming Video Resolutions Explained

May 16, 2018

This post is an overview of live streaming video resolution. In it, we talk about standard-definition (480p + 480i), high-definition (720p, 1080i, + 1080p) and 4K video resolutions. It's the main post in our series on HD Live Streaming.

Things are moving so fast in the video world that it can be hard to keep up. If you're in charge of live streaming or building out your live streaming strategy for the future and need to wrap your head around it all, you're in the right spot.

The resolution of your stream is something that is most likely top of mind. In this brief overview, we'll address the direction of live streaming resolution in order to help you determine what quality level is right for you.

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4K Live Streaming — The Right Questions to Ask

March 28, 2018

This post covers the factors (including encoding, bandwidth, transcoding, playback, and device compatibility) required to deliver a 4K broadcast to your live streaming audience. It's the main piece in our series on 4K live streaming.

It seems like everything in video is now 4K—TVs, cameras, and even my iPhone can shoot 4K video. I’m sure I could record some unbelievable footage of my family, my bands, and my church. But how would all of this 4K talk translate to the world of live streaming?

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Upload Speeds for 4K Live Streaming

March 23, 2018

This post covers the factors that influence your ability to broadcast content in 4K and the recommended bandwidth requirements for your 4K stream. It's part of our series on upload speed for live streaming and 4K live streaming.

In order to live stream video content, significant amounts of bandwidth are required. Your required bandwidth to broadcast in 4K depends on the type of compression that you use on the video.

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What Does 4K Actually Mean?

December 14, 2016

This post is a brief introduction to the world of 4K. It covers the basics of the video resolution and addresses what makes it better than HD resolution. It's part of our series on 4K live streaming.

Whether you work in the world of video production or are merely a purchaser of electronics, you’ve likely heard about 4K video. 4K isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an incredible, new quality of video that’s soon to be the standard quality for any TV, computer screen, or camera. 

Understanding what 4K technology actually means will help you make educated purchasing decisions on 4K labeled products, regardless of whether they’re at the consumer, prosumer, or professional level.

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