Bitrate Calculator

The bitrate calculator provides future security camera system owners with a reference on how much data will be required for essential functions and video quality. Precisely, the bitrate will determine the quality of recorded footage, video playback, watching, and remote streaming. While cameras can have high resolution, each also has a lower “substream” setting for remote streaming that does not affect recorded data.

Bitrate Calculator
Bitrate Calculator
Bitrate Calculator

Minimum Upload Speed


What exactly is a bit?

In this calculator, the minimum upload speed will be one megabit per second or 1 Mbps. One megabit is equivalent to millions of bits, which is the most basic unit of information used by computers and network transmission.

Does higher bitrate mean better quality?

Yes, a higher bitrate will lead to a better result in recorded video footage, streaming video quality, and audio clarity. In addition, devoting a higher bitrate towards recording or streaming will provide a superior quality video with greater detail. That being said, the better quality of the video or streaming, the more space it takes up in the hard drive.

Is too high of a bitrate bad?

Video instability and more memory on the hard drive devoted to recording are the results of an excessively high bitrate. Instability in the video, shown in buffering and poor quality despite the high bitrate, happens from the bandwidth limitation being neared or breached. The latter problem of more memory being taken up on the hard drive is due to the stream or recorded video data being too high in quality.

Is it better to have a higher or lower bitrate?

A higher bitrate equals better quality in streamed and recorded video, but more space is taken up on the hard drive. The opposite is true with less devoted bitrate, which provides less quality in each function while taking up less space in the hard drive. Home and business owners refer to the available bandwidth to decide the necessary bitrate.

H265 vs. H264 quality

High Efficiency Coding, known as HEVC or H265, is the modern method of compressing video and image data, whereas H264 is the prior generation of the standard. H265 provides superior quality and efficiency, but devices using H264 are much more cost-effective.