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It’s not long ago since videos were first started to be published online, but already, people are adapting to how much everything has changed. If you browse the Internet today, videos are everywhere.

The bandwidth has increased and many webmasters are considering putting up videos online. Since publishing videos on the Internet has recently started, many people are confused about what format they should use for videos online. They’re also confused about what resolution they should put on their websites where they publish their videos.

Answer: The resolution that has to be used depends on the target audience. If the target audience is very tech-savvy and if they’re from a highly developed country, then high-resolution videos will be well suited for them. When you follow the right format and resolution then your video gets more YouTube subscribers and views.

There are two different types of aspect ratios; 4:3 and 16:9. 4:3 is the resolution that we have in our old TV’s. The other aspect ratio is 16:9; this one is the more recently used of the two. Here are some recommendations for the resolutions. However, you don’t have to follow these standards and you can modify the resolutions as you wish but for me, I feel that the following are good formats:

Low Bandwidth Resolutions

For Low bandwidth resolution videos and the 4:3 aspect ratios, the best resolutions are:

  • 320 x 240
  • 480 x 320
  • 400 x 300

The 16:9 is also known as the widescreen format. YouTube has started adopting this widescreen format (16:9). For Low bandwidth resolution videos and the 16:9 aspect ratios, the best resolutions are:

  • 480 x 270
  • 400 x 225

If your website has different dimensions and if you want to fit your video into a particular sidebar that has different dimensions, make sure that the video resolution that you choose is perfect.

Here’s how you do that: For example, if you choose the 16:9 aspect ratio, divide the higher resolution by the smaller resolution (w/h) and the value should turn out to be 1.777.

So basically, if you’re choosing your resolution and if you want to make sure that the aspect ratio is 16:9, then just simply divide the width by the height of the video and the answer should be 1.777. If you want to do the same with the 4:3 aspect ratios, the answer when you divide the width by the height should be 1.333.

Mid to High Bandwidth Resolutions

If you’re creating teaching, training or screencast videos, the mid to High bandwidth is preferred. The best resolutions in the 4:3 aspect ratios for mid or high bandwidth videos are:

  • 640 x 480
  • 800 x 600
  • 1024 x 768

If you’re recording the video in the widescreen aspect ratio (16:9) the best resolutions are:

  • 710 x 400
  • 854 x 480
  • 960 x 540
  • 1280 x 720

Again, if you divide the width by the height the answer should be 1.333 for the 4:3 aspect ratios and 1.777 for the 16:9 aspect ratios.

If you are creating a video for training or teaching purposes and if you are embedding the video into your blog or membership website, it’s a good idea to let people download the source file. You can do this by leaving a link below your video that will lead your visitors to the source video. You can put even put it in a higher resolution.