Here’s a quick, but important update – Twitter has announced that it’s improved its video display process to ensure higher performance in playback.

What does it really imply in the real world? You know how certain in-stream plays of tweeted videos get pixelated back to the Commodore 64? In the future, this should be less likely to happen since Twitter has improved its video playing layout to make it more enjoyable to watch videos.

In terms of technical specs, nothing has changed – Twitter’s current video upload specs are:

  • Minimum resolution: 32 x 32
  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1200 (and 1200 x 1900)
  • Aspect ratios: 1:2.39 – 2.39:1 range (inclusive)
  • Maximum frame rate: 40 fps
  • Maximum bitrate: 25 Mbps

Twitter also notes that for video ads:

“For a 1:1 aspect ratio, use at least 1200 × 1200 pixels.” The 16:9 aspect ratio calls for a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels. When viewers click to enlarge videos, they will get better results if the video is larger.

Twitter’s back-end processing is now better prepared to guarantee that your videos look their best whenever they are found in-stream. This update has no effect on these criteria.

It’s a nice upgrade for everyone that your tweeted videos no longer seem like they were shot through a filthy window on a wet day.