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Output Settings

This topic explains the default outputs for Zencoder jobs and the basics of defining your own outputs.

Defining outputs

Our default output is a single video file with the following settings:

H.264 video, AAC Audio, MP4 file format
Video: medium quality
Audio: stereo, medium quality (about 112kbps), 44100 Hz

If you don't specify an output location, the file will be temporarily hosted by Zencoder. After 24 hours the file will no longer be available.

Of course, you can control the output settings. To do this, pass an array of options in the API request, like this:

  "api_key": "93h630j1dsyshjef620qlkavnmzui3",
  "input": "s3://bucket-name/file-name.avi",
  "outputs": [
      "url": "s3://output-bucket/output-file-name.mp4",
      "width": "1280",
      "height": "720"

This example will create a single output file from the original input video and upload it to an S3 bucket. You can create multiple output files from the original without having to create additional encoding jobs.

Page last updated on 23 Jan 2020