Downscale Video Resolution

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While Resi’s products and services allow you to broadcast at resolutions up to 4K, it may be more prudent for your organization to stream at a lower resolution. This process is known as downscaling, and it is not something that is done through your encoder, decoder, or Studio. However, you should still have an understanding of what downscaling is, when to use it, and which steps you can take to do it.

Why Should I Downscale My Video?

Streaming to social or web

If you are shooting at 4K resolution and intend on broadcasting to the web or social media, you will need to downscale your video to 1080p or lower in order to comply with the current limitations of both of those platforms.

Streaming at a lower bandwidth

Network and bandwidth limitations are a good reason for downscaling a video. By doing so, you can still still broadcast your video over a weak or unreliable network. This will also lower the bandwidth usage for your Resi streaming plan.

How Do I Downscale My Video?

Since the video resolution of your output device must match that of your encoder preset, the only way to downscale a live video broadcast is to shoot it at a lower resolution or run your signal through a video resolution scaler before it reaches your encoder. Alternatively, if you would like to record at a higher resolution for posterity, you can use a capture card with scaling capabilities in between your video recording device and switcher/encoder, depending on your setup.

For pre-recorded content that you would like to upload to Studio, you will need to make sure that you downscale your video beforehand. You can do this using a number of video transcoding applications, such as HandBrake (free) or Adobe Premiere Pro. For more information, you can read our guide on how to Export or Convert Your Video for Use with Resi.

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