Here’s a quick but important update – Twitter has announced that it has improved its video display process to ensure better playback performance.
Some good news: we’ve made updates to improve the video quality.
As of today, videos you upload to Twitter will look less pixelated for a better viewing experience. pic.twitter.com/lJPI14PVRV
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) 24 September 2021
So, what does this mean in practice? Do you know how videos that are sometimes tweeted are pixelated back to Commodore 64 times when they start playing in-stream? That shouldn’t happen, or it should happen much less, with Twitter’s updated formatting process now working to provide a better, smoother video player experience.
As for the technical specifications, nothing has changed – the current of Twitter video upload specifications is:
- Minimum resolution: 32 x 32
- Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1200 (and 1200 x 1900)
- Aspect Ratios: 1: 2.39 – 2.39: 1 series (inclusive)
- Maximum frame rate: 40 fps
- Maximum bitrate: 25 Mbps
Twitter also notes that for video ads:
1200 x 1200 pixels is recommended for 1: 1 aspect ratio. 1920 x 1080 pixels is recommended for a 16: 9 aspect ratio. Larger videos are better optimized for when users click to expand videos.”
This update does not affect these requirements, but Twitter’s back-end processing will now be better equipped to ensure that your videos look their best when someone encounters them in-stream.
So, now your tweeted videos do not look like you are watching them through a dirty window on a rainy day, a good update for everyone.