DVD Studio Pro - H.264 Bit Rates

background image

H.264 Bit Rates

The process of choosing a bit rate for H.264 video is similar to choosing a bit rate for
MPEG-2 video—the higher the bit rate the better the quality, but the more disc space
that is required. In general, you are able to use lower bit rates than you would use with
an MPEG-2 encoder.

While the maximum bit rates you can use are identical to MPEG-2 video, the minimum
bit rates are lower.


Chapter 4

Preparing Video Assets

background image

H.264 range

MPEG-2 range

Video format

0.5 Mbps to 15 Mbps

2.0 Mbps to 15.0 Mbps

Standard definition

1.5 Mbps to 29.4 Mbps

2.0 Mbps to 29.4 Mbps

High definition


It is strongly suggested that you use H.264 bit rates of 18 Mbps or less to

ensure DVD compatibility.