Streaming Video Bandwidth Calculator

Live Event and VoD Streaming Bandwidth and Recording Calculators

Define Streaming Rate

Step 1. What is your bit rate?
Step 2. Adjust the rate if desired. Kbps
NOTE: Be sure to include both audio and video bandwidth. Stereo audio will require twice the audio bandwidth as mono.
 

Calculate Streaming Bandwidth

How many viewers will you have?
What is average duration of viewing? minutes
Total Viewing minutes: minutes
Total Bandwidth Required: KB
  MB
  GB
 

Calculate File Recording Size

How long will you record?
Approx. Disk Space Needed is: KB
MB
GB
 

How Discover Video Calculates Streaming & File Storage

  • Discover Video uses 10242 for a MB rather than 1000 to be more consistent with file systems. For example, the Windows system uses 1,048,576 (10242) bytes per MB.
  • Actual file size may vary depending on the amount of motion and the compression used. It is unlikely to be larger than the calculated value.
  • For multicast, the total streaming bandwidth is always equal to the streaming rate, regardless of the number of viewers.
  • Internet Streaming Bandwidth is only used when there is one or more viewers. No bandwidth is used when there are no viewers except for the encoder sending the stream.
  • Bandwidth use is the same whether the viewer is consuming a live video stream or a file-based video stream, although a file may use more due to client-side buffering/caching.
  • VoD files are cached on SignStick, so there is minimum bandwidth used.
  • Discover Video Streaming Service provides X GB of streaming bandwidth, and Y GB of file storage for Z dollars.

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