Hello while I understand this is a 3d animation software not a video editing software, I have heard of people getting great quality videos with the video editing feature in blender. I watched a few tutorials and researched settings for good video quality but for some reason I cannot get good video output. No matter the render settings I use my video ends up pixelated and terrible looking (source file is great quality).

I am basically trying to render gaming videos at 1080p, 60fps for Youtube I don't know what I am doing wrong but I can't seem to render a good quality video.

The below settings I found on the internet which was recommended for Youtube but quality wasn't very good after my testing Format = xvid container = AVI codac = h.264 bitrate=10000 min-rate 7000 max-rate 15000 Gop-size=15

settings below I configured myself to try get the best but still didn't work format = H.264 Codac = H.264 bitrate = 10000 min=rate=5000 max-rate=20000 buffer=2000 GOP size=1

Am I doing something wrong? Has anybody got a better render setting that I could try?

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ You mentioned terrible looking. You stated source file is (great quality). Are you stating that Blender renders great quality video and that after upload to youtube the video that youtube presents to the world is terrible looking? I think I am reading Blender is good. Youtube transformation is terrible. Is that correct? Is your question How can I make my video more compatible with the requirements of youtube? $\endgroup$ May 20, 2015 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ I suggest your side note of CPU and GPU utilization be a separate question. $\endgroup$ May 20, 2015 at 1:13
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't know Blender could edit imported videos. GIGO (garbage in/garbage out) is the rule. The question is how did you import it, what format the video; and how did you export it. I'd like to know, what kind of editing you expect to do in Blender? Blender is 'very' settings sensitive, the usual answer is "Yes, there's a setting for that!" but, my typical thinking is, "But what that setting does, I don't know". $\endgroup$
    – Cyberchipz
    May 20, 2015 at 2:57
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    $\begingroup$ GOP of 1 is not recommended. It means every frame is an I Frame, there is no temporal compression. Try GOP of 30 or more. $\endgroup$
    – Mike Pan
    May 20, 2015 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ @atomicbezierslinger no i mean the file i recorded before editing in blender looks great but after editing and rendering in blender the file comes out looking terrible $\endgroup$
    – noob
    May 20, 2015 at 8:44

3 Answers 3


you would need to go at very high rates in blender. it uses single precision compression. think about doing 1080p60 at the 45-60mpbs range. at 10mbps you will get you lots of artifacts

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks ill try that out i used 10mbps because i believed it was the highest setting never tried to manually input the settings haha $\endgroup$
    – noob
    May 20, 2015 at 9:02

It could be something as simple as setting the output quality from 50% (Default) to 100%

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You didn't explicitly mention this.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks I have already set that to 100% didnt seem to make much difference but i didnt realize it was output quality either i just changed it saw no difference and forgot about it haha but thanks again because this will help with fine tuning after i find out what my problem is $\endgroup$
    – noob
    May 20, 2015 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ Why does it default to 50%? $\endgroup$
    – 0xcaff
    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ @0xcaff , i can only speculate but the first few renders any user will do will almost never need to be full size. You can setup your default .blend to have that value at 100% if you are really confident :) $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:03

I would just cycle render to images and place them into davinci resolve. I have spent countless hours watching tutorials and messing with settings to no avail. 2.7b Blender had a different algorithm to produce less grainy videos unlike 2.8 versions.


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