Format for the DAM

Format: MPEG-4 (.mp4 - strongly recommended) or M4V (.m4v)

OverallBitRate: ~1200 Kbps

Note: Flash video (.flv) files are supported and will play using the Media Player component, but are not optimized to play on mobile devices and should be replaced as soon as possible.


Format: VP6 (or H.263)

BitRate: 1200 Kbps

Width: 576 pixel

Height: 324 pixel

DisplayAspectRatio: 16:9

FrameRate_Mode: CFR

Scan Type: Progressive

FrameRate: 29.970 fps


Format: MPEG (preferred), AAC, MP3

Format_Version: Version 1

Format_Profile: Layer 3

BitRate_Mode: CBR

BitRate: 80.0 Kbps

Channel(s): 2 channel

SamplingRate: 44.1 KHz or greater

BitDepth: 16 bit

Format for YouTube/ iTunes U

Groups may utilize their own YouTube or Vimeo channels to upload, promote, and embed videos. If your department does not have access to a group video channel or would like your video added to NYU's official YouTube or iTunes U account please contact Christopher James in University Relations and Public Affairs.

Videos should be H.264 codec and 100 to 300meg each, no bigger than 600meg. Their minimum frame size should be 640 x 360 (16:9) with matching pixel ratio.

Format: De-interlaced MP4, MOV, or M4V (H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 part 10)

Video Resources

A number of reputable free video conversion tools like Handbrake, as well as purchasable software, exist in the marketplace today and are easily found with a quick web search. NYU does not endorse a specific tool, but have found many of these common tools to be helpful.