Twitter Improves the Quality of Video Playback

Shari Lynn Kramer / 27 Sep 2021

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If you have always wondered why the quality of videos on Twitter can be so poor, now the situation will change - the developers decided to fix this problem. Twitter made an announcement that they enhanced the video display process on their social media platform so that the playback has higher quality. The company stated in their tweet that the ‘videos you upload to Twitter will appear less pixelated for a better watching experience.’

If you are an active user of Twitter, you have probably noticed that some tweeted videos become pixelated when they begin playing in-stream. According to the statement made by Twitter, this is something that shouldn’t be an issue now or, at least, it will happen a lot less frequently. The improved formatting process on Twitter will now ensure that the video playback will go a lot smoother.

When it comes to the technical characteristics of videos, the upload specs have remained the same. They include the following:

  • Maximum frame rate of 40 fps
  • Minimum resolution of 32x32
  • Maximum resolution of 1200 x 1900 or 1200 x 1920
  • Maximum bitrate of 25 Mbps

Twitter also provided information when it comes to the upload of video ads. If a video is 16:9 aspect ratio, the recommended resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. If the aspect ratio is 1:1, the recommended resolution is 1200 x 1200 pixels. Because the update concerns the back-end processing of Twitter, the requirements haven’t been changed by the company.

Now, videos that you upload to Twitter won’t look like they have been filmed on an ancient phone, so it’s definitely a long-awaited enhancement.

What do you think about this update? Are there any other improvements that you are waiting for? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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