Help and FAQs/Frequently Asked Questions/Creating Your Video

What size/resolution/format should my images, audio and video clips be?

Megan Etzel
posted this on January 25, 2011 01:01 PM


  • Supported image formats are JPG, GIF, PNG and TIFF.
  • Currently we do not support animated GIFs or transparency.
  • The maximum supported filesize is 20Mb.
  • Images can be uploaded from your computer or imported from Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, Photobucket, Picasa or Instagram.
  • For the best quality videos, we recommend that images are sized to 1024x768 pixels or greater.
    • Lower resolution images may look blurry if you upgrade your video to a higher resolution or view it in full-screen mode.
  • 4:3 or 3:4 landscape and portrait aspect ratios produce the best results.
    • Images in other aspect ratio's are perfectly usable, however they may appear zoomed out or cropped in the final video.
  • If you're wondering what DPI you should use, keep in mind that DPI is only for print, so 1280x720 pixels is enough information. (For instance, a 1024x768 pixel image at 300 dpi will print at roughly 3.5x2.5 inches, and at 100dpi, it will print at roughly 10x7.5 inches. However, the screen ignores all that and just cares about the pixel resolution, the 1024x768 number.)


We support quite a few video formats and codecs. However, there are many different video file types that use proprietary encoding formats, so you won't know if we support your particular clip or not until you try uploading. Video captured by some digital cameras and camcorders may require conversion prior to upload.

Here are the file extensions we currently support: MP4, AVI, MOV, QT, 3GP, M4V, MPG, MPEG, MP4V, H264, WMV, MPG4, MOVIE, M4U, FLV, DV, MKV, MJPEG, OGV, MTS, MVI.

Video clip uploads are limited to 200 megabytes for Lite and Plus users and 400mb for Pro and Pro Premium users. This means that we'll be able to accept either longer videos of lower resolution, or shorter videos of higher resolution.

If you're planning on upgrading your Animoto video to HD, we recommend that you size your video clips to at least 1280x720 pixels at 24fps.

Please note: There is unlimited video footage length under 400mb for Pro and Pro Premium users and there is a limit of 10 seconds per video clip for Lite and Plus users.

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