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

Check out this blog post for additional information on image, video and audio file size requirements/suggestions.


  • Supported image formats are JPG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF.
  • Currently, animated GIFs or transparency aren't supported.
  • The maximum supported file size is 20MB.
  • Images can be uploaded from your computer or imported from Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, Photobucket, DropBox, 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 ratios are usable, but 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 only cares about the pixel resolution, which is 1024x768.)


You can use several video formats and codecs with Animoto. However, there are many different video file types that use proprietary encoding formats, so you won't know if Animoto supports your particular clip or not until you try uploading. Video captured by some digital cameras and camcorders may require conversion prior to upload.

The file extensions that currently work with Animoto include: MP4, AVI, MOV, QT, 3GP, M4V, MPG, MPEG, MP4V, H264, WMV, MPG4, MOVIE, M4U, FLV, DV, MKV, MJPEG, OGV, MTS, and MVI.

Video clip uploads are limited to 400MB for our users. This means that longer videos of lower resolution, or shorter videos of higher resolution won't work.

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:  For our Business users, three of our video styles (Classic, Documentary, and Frameless) can include video clips up to 10 minutes.  We'll be adding more in the future. 

                      For all other users - there' s a limit of 10 seconds per video clip for all styles.

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