Online Video Export Settings

Video Export Settings To Use For Exceptionally Clear Online Video Results

Below are the export settings I recommend you use to help you get the best results when
uploading your videos to YouTube. Iʼve listed settings for these four software programs:

Below are the export settings I recommend you use to help you get the best results when uploading your videos to YouTube. Iʼve listed settings for these four software programs:

For PC

  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Sony Vegas Studio HD

For Mac

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Export Settings For Windows Movie Maker

Ok, hereʼs the deal…

I seriously had the best intentions. But when I revisited Windows Movie Maker to check the settings, I realized how limited the program really is – probably because itʼs free!

So, my new recommendation is to just skip Windows Movie Maker altogether, and get yourself a copy of Sony Vegas Studio HD – itʼs only like 40 bucks and is totally worth it!

Export Settings For Sony Vegas Studio HD

Ok, Sony Vegas is much better software than Windows Movie Maker. You simply have so many more options here. Here are the export settings to use:

Once youʼve finished editing your video, go to Project, and select Render As…

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Then, choose these settings, and click on Save…

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Given that your original video was recorded in an HD format, your video will then get exported to the perfect format for HD video on the internet.

Export Settings For iMovie

Got to the Share tab, and select Export Using QuickTime…

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Next, click on Options…


Then click on the Settings button for the Video section…


Then make sure your video settings are as follows, and click on OK…


Next, click on the Setting button inside the Sound section…


And make sure your settings are as follows, and click on OK…

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Then, just click on OK until you get to the original export window, and then click on Save. Your video will then get exported to the perfect HD format for the internet.

Export Settings For ScreenFlow

Once youʼve finished editing your video inside ScreenFlow, and youʼre ready for exporting your video, click on File, and then Export…

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Then, click on the Customize button inside the next window…


This window will then popup…


Just leave the video settings as the default settings, and then click on the Settings button inside the Sound section and make sure you have the following settings and click on OK:


Next, select Scale To Custom Size under Dimensions, and type in 1280 for the width, and 720 for the height:


Once youʼre done with all that, click on Export, and your video will get exported to the perfect HD format for the internet.

And thatʼs it!

Iʼve spent literally hours and hours and hours to figure out and test all the above settings.

You should really be paying me money for this because Iʼve save you oodles of time and frustration hehehe!

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72 Responses to Online Video Export Settings

  1. Hi Gideon. Have you ever tried Final Cut Pro? Do you consider that overkill compared with simply using iMovie and Screenflow? Just curious …

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Michael

      I have used Final Cut Express extensively in the past, which is a cut down version of Final Cut Pro.

      But nowadays, because I’m concerned about keeping things simple and getting things done super fast, I have switched over to ScreenFlow for most my videos.

      But whenever I want to do anything fancy, like green screen work, I either use Final Cut Express, or simply outsource the work :)


      • Hi Gideon
        That’s interesting that you use ScreenFlow for a super fast workflow. I have ScreenFlow, but I’m not very adept at using it yet. Do you use ScreenFlow for editing the videos of you talking or just screen capture videos?

        • Gideon Shalwick

          Hey Donna

          I now use it to mainly do videos where I’m talking on it. I know it was not designed for that, but it does an excellent job at it!


          • Excellent thank you! I had read somewhere that it’s great for editing all kinds of videos (not just screen capture). I really must put in the time to learn it better!

          • Brandon

            I’m new to screenflow. Could you please explain to me how you use it to edit videos of you talking?

            Are you importing a video from your desktop after exporting it from IMove or am I missing the bus on this one? : )

            I appreciate the insight,

            • Brandon


              I think I need to clarify my question. I know how to edit a screenflow video. I.E. Me talking while recording a Keynote presentation.

              What I was trying to ask was how you are using Screenflow to edit videos you shot with your camcorder?

              I have a canon vixia HF200 and if I’m understanding you correctly you’re saying that I can edit videos shot with my camcorder in Screenflow?


  2. Thank you for this, Gideon! I’ve got this page bookmarked.

    And thanks for the tip on using Screenflow for pretty much everything. I never thought about using it for anything other than screen capture videos before. Turns out to be a pretty cool and easy-to-use video editor as well.

  3. Hey there Gideon, this page is worth gold!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this info – I’ve not had much luck with iMovie on my MacBook (videos become distorted when edited), and Youtube cuts off 10-20 seconds at the end of every video uploaded.

    I now know to leave a pause — ‘blank space’ — at the end of videos before uploading to Youtube (this doesn’t happen with other video distribution places).

    As for iMovie, I can now try your settings and see if that solves that problem – fingers’ crossed!

    Thanks! :-)

  4. leo

    Hi Gideon. i’ve checked Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro and they r both for mac. what is the best editing program for pc that can do fancy stuff, like green screen work?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Leo

      I’m not much of an expert when it comes to PC video editing software.

      But something as simple as Sony Vegas can do green screen stuff. And I also hear Pinnacle is pretty good software… although a bit more pricey!

      Hope this helps!


  5. kathy

    Gideon, Thanks for the info.

    I’m confused about something in the imovie settings. On your initial MOVIE SETTINGS screen shot it says that the movie has a dimension of 840 x 526 (current). Did you punch those settings in via the CUSTOM option or did Imovie automatically choose that option somehow?

    Two screen shots below that, the MOVIE SETTINGS screen shot now says the dimension is 1280 x 720. Am I missing something? Why would they be different?

    Also, I’m assuming the 1280 x 720 size is because you are using an HD FLIP. If we want to use footage we shot onto a mini-dv using a Canon SD camcorder, what dimension size would we use?


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Kathy

      iMovie has some default settings yes. And if you’re recording with your Flip or other similar camera, you may need to change the video dimensions. It’s pretty straight forward though as you can see!

      The 1280 x 720 size is currently the best for YouTube.

      Test that and see what kind of quality it comes out as on YouTube. Maybe test with short videos first – this will save you A LOT of time!


  6. I’ve got Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12 installed on my PC – have hardly used it since I’ve bought it but I believe it’ll do everything I need for online video…

    As far as screen capture goes, is there a better alternative to Camtasia? I realise it’s the industry leader for Windows users, but it’s so darn expensive!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Will

      As far as I know, Camtasia is the best for PC users. But you can also try Jing from Jing Project?

      Very cool and simple software that works on both PC and Mac.


  7. What are you thoughts on using Camtasia 7 for creating the videos?

    • Gideon Shalwick


      I’m on Mac now…

      But when I used to be on PC I used Camtasia. Never really liked it.

      It’s good for screen capture I suppose. But if you want to do moving picture type of videos, I reckon Sony Vegas is a far better option.



  8. I have a Kodak Zi8 and it have different video recording settings ranging from 1080P, 720P and so on. Which is the HD version?


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Owen

      Both 1080P and 720P will count as HD settings on YouTube.

      I am sticking to 720P for now because I reckon 1080P is a little overkill for where the internet is at at the moment.


  9. Thanks for responding to me. So you are saying your high quality videos that you have online were recorded in 720P? Wow that’s awesome. So the 1280 X 720 really has to do with the sizing of the video itself right?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Yeah those are the actual dimension of the video in pixels.

  10. Wow, this is so valuable Gideon, thank you! This is the bit that always stops me in my tracks, whether it’s video or audio. I think it’s quite a chore trying everything to see what’s the best export settings for any given application. I really appreciate you publishing it. And it’s totally awesome you’ve included the settings for Mac as well!!! I know you’re on a Mac, and it’s great to see more and more internet marketers using Macs (and you can tell from their screen capture vids).

    Okay, I’m off to read your report now. I have really dragged my heels as far as video goes because I just haven’t had the time to learn and figure everything out. So I really appreciate the great quality information you put out for free, it makes the learning curve so much more manageable. I’m sure after reading your report and watching all the videos I’ll actually be able to make use of the awesome power of YouTube!

  11. Thanks Gideon,
    This is brilliant, I know know why some of my videos from imovie are not A1 quality

  12. ben

    Thanks Gideon,
    The webinar was excellent,
    The content for your course is really amazing and mainly for beginners and I am wondering if you could offer a shorter version for only production and is there something for those who are very self disciplined and just need the video or transcripts, rather than coaching with you?
    Please understand that I respect your teaching and your methods – your ideas are excellent but just some suggestions for a future course.
    thanks a lot

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Ben

      Great idea!

      I’ll see what I can do, but it wont be for a while since I am now flooded with all the new members who have already joined :)



  13. ben

    Sorry Gideon,
    I noticed you mentioned export settings for Screenflow but what about Camtasia?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Good question Ben… I teach this inside my course 😉

      Nah but seriously, I am still kinda struggling to get amazing results with Camtasia – it may be because I am on a Mac and simply don’t know enough about Camtasia.

      Perhaps you could recommend some settings specifically for Camtasia?


  14. ben

    Just reading all your fantastic content.
    Just one point I like to make is I no longer use any plugins to display my videos on youtube. I just goto HTML and paste the Youtube/other video site’s embed code and switch to view and add some text and publish. No more smart youtube plugins. I know less plugins is always a little better anyday.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Cool idea!

      Yeah plugins can sometimes be a pain when upgrading WordPress – I know what you mean!


    • It’s great to not have to rely on plugins to import videos for YouTube. I never found any that were ideal anyway. WordPress has now evolved to the point where you don’t even have to add the embed code, just the URL of the video and it’s ‘smart’ enough to embed the video from the URL you pasted in.

  15. Shan

    Hey Gideon,

    This post is GOLD. You are giving SO MUCH value to us in here… I wish I had found this BEFORE i was beating my head against my “virtual-video-wall” trying to figure this stuff out on my own!

    You said in your report that BLACK is BACK! for the video blog background colour… is there a reason you haven’t gone that route on your blog?

    ALSO… I am DYING to know how you do the ‘transcript’ and ‘download the movie to your computer’ links… can you PLEASE share this? Is there a post on your blog about it?

    Thanks for the value you offer… we are all fortunate to have found you!
    Shan :)

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Shan

      I’m using a black background on my other video blog at For this, I’ve decided to go for the lighter colors to fit with my personal brand.

      I recommend you still test it and also ask your audience what they like. I know in the magic niche, people almost expect a black website… to make it look all mysterious etc. But it may be different in your niche. Testing and asking your audience is the key.


  16. This is a very good article! Thanks Gideon.

    I have a specific question about bitrate….I think a good quality needs more bitrate but then the size of the file becomes huge.

    What would you recommend for bitrate for online video – 2000kbs, 3000kbs or more?
    And how big can we go with the file size?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      It depends what application you use it for Leon – but normally for great quality I recommend a bit rate of around 1,000 to 1,500 kbs for online stuff.

      That will keep your file size nice and small too.


  17. Hey Gideon,

    I just wanted to know how you make the transcripts, as a link below the video. It just expands on a click.

    Prajwal Shinde

    • Gideon Shalwick

      It’s called the wpspoiler plugin – pretty nifty…


      • Very nifty plugin. Thanks for the info.

        Also, Gideon, just wanted to say that your site has helped me immensely. The instruction is super clear, very simple, and above all it’s easy for me to apply it immediately. I loved that I didn’t need to go anywhere else to piece the information together!

  18. John Leonard

    Gideon…I love all of your great information…I look forward to your videos….
    I have a question

    What settings should I use to export to EZS3 so that it is high quality and there is no lag…..


  19. Max

    Hi Gideon,

    Being PC bound (still) and looking for inexpensive solutions, I tend to use Windows Movie Maker. Yes, no HD. But Windows Live Movie Maker gives you the option to generate your video in HD, which is great.

    Life’s never easy, though. Try and import a Flip video into Window Live Movie Maker! The software is unable to cope with sound and image synchronisation for Flip videos! I searched on all sorts of forums but have as yet not been able to find a solution for this problem. So it’s back to WMM and no HD or WLMM and no Flip videos. Time to upgrade I guess.

    Keep up the great work, looking forward to more of your blog posts.


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Why not try Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD?

      It’s pretty cheap and does a GREAT job!


  20. Hi Gideon, I’m not able to access the members log in page…What should I do?


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Melissa

      Can you please forward your request to support[at] (replace [at] with @)?

      My assistant will then help you out!


  21. Thanks Gideon,

    I have to make a bunch of videos, both for sales promotion and instruction. The ones I have experimented with so far have not come out well.

    Watched your Clickbank videos. Hoping your information there and here will shorten my learning curve.

    Have been wondering what formats to use.

    Did not realize the software could do the zoom cuts.

    Have been using Movie Maker, but might give Sony Vegas a try.

    One problem I noticed with the ZI8 is you have to move the camera far back to get a full body shot.

  22. Hi Gideon,

    I am absolutely loving all your advice & videos at the moment – top notch stuff :-)

    I notice that the instructions you give here for the export settings for i-movie depend on exporting the movie as a quicktime movie. But what about if I want to use i-movie to export the movie directly to YouTube?

    I could not see a way to adjust the settings in the way that you suggest when exporting direct to YouTube . . .



    • Gideon Shalwick


      You have two options here:

      1. You just export to a .mov format, and then upload that file to YouTube – this is my preference because you then have more control over the settings.

      2. You can use the YouTube upload function inside iMovie that automatically exports your video to the “right” format (whatever iMovie thinks that is), and the uploads it to YouTube automatically. This sounds attractive and easy, and works well for most, but for people like me, does not give enough options for the settings.

      So, it’s up to you which option you’d like to follow.


  23. Hi Gideon,
    I have just ‘squized’ through your free Rapid Video Blogging 92 page report. Wow! I am impressed at the content, well done for giving so much info away – you deserve the ‘6 figuer income’ :-) **

    Better start reading it now, thanks again!

  24. Gideon,

    Are you referring to Vegas Movie Studio HD 9? So we can take a Sony Bloggie video, bring it into this software, edit and put into format for google?

    I agree with you that Movie Maker is too limited.

    My other question is quality of audio and video. I need to film outside, and it’s movement type videos, so I need to be about 10-12 feet from the camera. What would you recommend for an affordable camera with a decent built in mic? I did one shoot with Sony Bloggie indoors from about 10 feet and both the video quality on youtube and audio was not that great.

    Any help would be much appreciated.


  25. These export settings are great for exporting an incredible looking video at high storage rates… What if you want to export a video that looks incredible like yours and still have it small enough to stream? I am having the hardest time getting my videos to stream well… one of them is 13 minutes, at about 80 MB, and it still sticks (buffers) on some systems…

    Any suggestions?

    • My suggestion is that if you have your video self hosted that you bring your bit rate down to somewhere close to 256K total with audio and video and and a dimension for the video of 512 X 288 or less as that is still the bit rate most people can handle without buffering.

  26. Harsha

    Hi Gideon

    These setting work just amazing, however what about the size of the file ? which factors affect the size of the file ?

    The dimension matter of course, apart from this any other things which affect the size of the file ?

    Please help


    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hi Harsha

      There are a number of things that affect the size of the video. These include:

      1. The type of compression algorithm you use.
      2. The dimension of your video (the larger the dimensions the bigger the file size)
      3. The kind of content for your videos – “moving picture” videos are harder to compress compared to screen capture videos for example, and would therefor make the file size bigger.
      4. The length of your video.
      5. The quality settings you are using when shooting your videos.
      6. The audio quality setting that you are using.
      7. The bit rate for the video and the audio.
      8. The frame rate for the video.

      hum… I think those are the main ones. But there could be some more…

      Hope this helps…


  27. Gideon! You’ve helped me out so much! I got the equipment and ready to make my vids!! BUT I’m having audio issues when getting my 1080p vids from my Zi8 onto my new Sony Vegas Studio HD :( Any suggestions or have any tips for editing vids in Sony Vegas Studio HD?? Thanks much for all your advise and help!!

    • Gideon Shalwick


      Hmmm this is an issue with PC.

      But there is a fix! Try this:


      • Thank you Gideon! I’m really disappointed in PC now… didn’t really bother me until I started trying to make my vids! I’ve heard so many good things about macs, so now I’m saving up and have some big hopes for the possibilities that will come with it!

        Thank you for all the tips! Please keep up the awesome work :)

  28. If you want your videos to be watched on an iPad, ensure the fps is below 30fps. iPads have a limitation of only showing video below that encode level.

    So in your above screenshots that would have to be adjusted, as well.

  29. theodore rhoades

    Hey Gideon,

    I noticed you were apart of the internet profit center back in the days. I would love to connect with you looking as though you have truly found a problem whiten your niche so to speak. I will be currently active on promoting very soon. I can see you have become very successful with what you are doing. I congratulate you for that. I wish you the best

    -Theodore Rhoades

    • Gideon Shalwick

      I was a part of internet profit center? Are you sure? This is new to me :)

      But great to make the acquaintance in any case :)


  30. Bruce B

    If I shot a two hour video with Flip Ultra HD–how would you encode it for DVD using Sony Vegas? When I did it with settings for DVD it became to large for a DVD and it became fuzzy. Lost a lot of quality. Is there any software that will compress it with better quality from HD to DVD?

  31. Hey Gideon,
    Great resource page. I am a mac man myself and shudder at the thought of using anything different. Thanks for the invaluable info.
    By the way, what WordPress theme do you use for your site? Looks great.


  32. Hi Gideon, i see you have done free magic blogging and a dating site. I know you recommend sticking to an area where you are passionate. How do these niche areas fulfill that for your formula? Your site is awesome by the way.

  33. Hi Gideon, you are doing a great job witg this site. Am just going into video blogging & av really learnt a lot from you.

  34. Cenk

    Hi Gideon,
    Can you say the size of 1 minute of your youtube video “How To Make Your Videos Look More Professional”? It looks really great! I wonder in order to achieve this, how many megabites we have to deal with.. Thanks!!

  35. Alexander

    Hi Gideon,

    I am trying to produce HD-quality video for my marketing business. I have a Flipcam Ultra HD and a clip-on microphone from RadioShack, but when I record the microphone on my audio software (Audacity) while filming, the background noise is horrendous and the sound quality is actually better on the Flipcam than on the microphone! (Although the Flipcam audio is still not perfect either).

    So if you could let me know exactly what microphone you use, as well as other equipment, cables, software, etc. you use with it to record your audio in your video, I would be forever grateful. Thanks a lot!!!

  36. Hi Gideon,
    A couple of questions for you…
    1. Do you shoot your video on auto or manual?
    2. I have the 60D and a lava mic plugged into the camera. I get this humming sound in all my videos. Do you get this… and if so, how do you get rid of it!?

  37. Setora Kahn

    I use Pinnacle 12 and I shoot in HD. But when i post video Clips to FACEBOOK, its not sharp and clear. Its like the quality DROPS as soon as its updated. What Settings should I be using for a Great Quality

  38. Hello Gideon,
    I am in the process of launching a membership site on a WordPress site I am building and will be offering many instructional video clips for members. I make the video clips in iMovie. I’ve exported to YouTube which is a piece of cake but now that the clips will be for members, I need another way to export them into the WordPress site. Do you have any advice or posts/videos, etc that would explain the best way to do this? I am a novice. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Bob. By ‘export’, I assume you mean be able to control access to the videos? (And not just embed them on your WP site?) I’ve been down this ‘membership site videos’ road and up a few dry gullies in the past 2 years. We run a membership site that has many dozens of videos. The simplest (non-techie) option I would recommend is to use They now do proper video streaming and not just progressive download. This means you better protect your videos from being able to be downloaded, if that’s important to you. In that same space as Vzaar is Viddler, Wistia and others such as Vimeo. A cheaper, though bit more techie option, is to store your videos on Amazon S3 (cheap as chips) but make sure you enable what they call ‘Cloudfront’ CDN (Content Distribution Network). We find it makes a massive difference to how well the videos stream. Without Cloudfront enabled, the videos often pause/buffer, which really kills the viewing experience. As a *player* (you need this in addition to the online storage of the video files) there are various options. We use Easy Video Player 2.0 which is pretty awesome for marketers and membership sites. It’s based on Flowplayer, another option for you, along with JWPlayer among others. I see that Long Tail Video (who make JWPlayer) also now have a platform like Vzaar/Wistia/etc called BitsOnTheRun. Hope that helps!

  39. Matthew Miller

    Thnx for the detailed intelligence. As always, quite helpful Gideon.

    • Gideon,
      Love your stuff. I’m trying to replicate your studio, could you tell me which lights you’re using to light the white background on your videos? I’ve bought some photography lighting, but it just doesn’t seem bright enough. I see you have those rectangular ones, would love to know the model, an what types/strngth of bulbs?
      Thanks for all the info you provide… you da man!

  40. Brandon


    Quick Question: I followed your export settings for iMovie09 on a 3:48 video and the export said it has 44 minutes left. Is that normal? It seems really long for such a short video, but I thought I’d ask.

    Thank you,

  41. Gideon this stuff is awesome. I keep watching the stuff you put up on YouTube and there is always great content. Can you share some ideas of how you come up with your ideas for content?


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