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If you have finished editing your new video project and ready to export, determining the saving resolution and selecting optimization can be a difficult task. Let’s break down everything you need to know about which optimization and resolution best suit your project.

Which Resolution should I choose?

Determining which resolution you should select when exporting your video project with Clipchamp, all depends on where your video is being posted and how clear you would like it to be. We give you 3 options when saving your video; 480p, 720p and 1080p. Click on the resolution you would like to use.

When to save in 480p

480p video resolution is the smallest resolution to choose from and is best suited for demo videos. This is a great option for small businesses and creators when they need to send a video fast for approval or sending the first draft. Having a small yet clear video resolution like 480p doesn’t use a lot of internets to download, meaning clients and viewers can watch faster.

When to save in 720p

720p video resolution will be great quality for all social media videos such as Instagram and TikTok video Posts or Stories. Even though 720p isn’t the highest quality you can choose from, it still is extremely clear and gives users a smaller file size. The smaller the video file, the faster the uploading speed will be.

When to save in 1080p

1080p is the largest resolution we offer and is best suited for video streaming sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Use 1080p for the best resolution and extremely great quality. Videos saved in 1080p can be watched on a big screen (TV or projector) without being seen as blurry or glitchy.

How to select video resolution

Step 1. Export your video

Click on the purple → Export button in the top right corner of the editor to make the resolution options appear.

Step 2. Select the resolution you want

Choose between 480p, 720p and 1080p. Click on the resolution you would like to save in. If you choose the wrong resolution, just click the correct one again.

Do not click Continue until you have selected your optimization.

The difference between our Optimization choices

Optimization settings determine the compression and video quality when saving. We offer 3 optimizations that you can choose from; Draft, Compressed and Quality. Let’s discuss which option best suits your videos final destination. Click on the optimization options after you choose your resolution.

When to save in Draft optimization?

Draft optimization is the lowest quality option Clipchamp offers. It is standard size, which isn’t ideal for quality, but it is the best for sending fast for collaboration reviews. The main purpose of choosing Draft is to export and send your video fast.

When to save in Compressed optimization?

Compressed is the best suitable optimization when you want an extremely little file size, but still, keep a good quality video. Compressed is a great option for social media videos, website videos and sending via email.

When should I save in Quality optimization?

Quality optimization is the best out of the 3 options. If your video is being posted to YouTube, Vimeo or a video sharing platform, as well as being displayed on a big screen, definitely use quality optimization. Quality is great for presentations, website backgrounds and short films.

How to select video resolution

Step 1. Export your video

Click on the purple → Export button in the top right corner of the editor to make the resolution and optimization options appear. If you have already chosen your resolution, the tab will already be open.

Step 2. Select the optimization you want

Choose between Draft, Compressed and Quality. Click on the optimization you would like to save in. If you choose the wrong optimization, just click the correct one again.

Click Continue when you are finished to start exporting your video project.

That’s all you need to do

Hopefully, you are now able to understand the difference between our resolutions and optimizations, as well as how to use them! If you need more help on resolutions, check out our Video Resolutions Explainer blog.

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