As photographers, we have a ton of complex and specific knowledge. And while video capture seems so similar to our precious still photography, it has seemingly infinite new things to learn about, including our old friend bitrate. This clever video by Tom Scott gives a quick explanation about how bitrate affect’s a video’s playback quality and why confetti, snow, and other small particles make moving pictures get wacky.
The basic concept is that, well, there’s only so much data to go around thanks to our current bandwidth options. Tiny little particles on screen take up more precious ones and zeros than typical on-screen activities, so they suck out video quality like fidelity vampires.
Something to think about next time you’re shooting video in a busy environment.