Pics.io takes a pride in supporting a wide variety of file formats including a whole range of video file formats. Pics.io has a powerful multiformat video player that allows you to play your video files and perform basic manipulations with them without leaving the app.

Once you open your video file in Pics.io, you can see the timeline. The loading progress bar shows how far your video is through the loading process. If you place your mouse cursor on any place of the video timeline, you will see its timing, and that allows you easily find a place you need. 

To pause and resume playback process, you can click “play” button in the left corner below. Or you can merely click one time on the screen. 

In the right corner below the timeline, you can see the following:

  • the original quality of your video in px (it’s in our roadmap to make it adjustable);

  • “screenshot download” button - it automatically downloads a JPG screenshot to your device;

  • "create custom thumbnail" button allows you to make a screenshot of the definite moment of video and use it as a thumbnail and preview for your video file;

  • “scissors” button - it allows you to cut your video files in Pics.io. To make this process easier, you can see the screenshots and the timing of the video piece you’re going to cut.

  • full-screen button - alternatively, you can do the same with a double click on the screen.

Working with video files in Pics.io

Can I see previews of videos on thumbnails?

Yes, you can see the previews of newly uploaded videos on thumbnails. Here are the supported formats for video preview on thumbnails:

Google Drive storage: MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MKV, MXF;

Amazon S3 storage: MP4, MOV, MXF.

What else can I do with video files?

If you work with video assets, you may also be interested to learn more about the following features:

Also, when you upload MP4 and QuickTime files to Pics.io, the system is parsing all the available metadata inside and it's shown in the Infopanel.   

NB Currently Pics.io video player can play the following video file formats: mp4, m4v, webm, quicktime (mov). As for other video files, you can upload and manage them in Pics.io, i.e. structure them in catalogs, attach keywords, leave comments, and edit metadata

While playing video files, we rely on HTML5 video standard. It ensures high-quality playback is used to show video on the web without using any plugins (like Adobe Flash Player, etc.). Still, it has the limitation of supporting different video formats for different web browsers and operating systems.


Watching some 4K videos with exceeded encoding settings may cause unexpected web video player behavior if you don’t meet browser limits. That’s why we recommend checking video bitrates, frame rates before sharing your video assets to non-Pics.io users to make sure that an end-user’s browser supports encoding settings of your file.

To find this information on a Mac, perform the following steps:

  1. find the video you want to examine and open it in QuickTime;

  2. once the video is open, press Command+I to open the Information window;

  3. here, you’ll see an item labeled Data Rate. This will tell you the overall bitrate for your video.

In Windows, the following actions should be taken:

  1. right-click the file you want to examine and choose Properties;

  2. on the window that appears, click the Details tab;

  3. under the Video section, the piece of information you’ll care about is “Total bitrate.”

Recommended video bitrates for SDR uploads

To view new 4K uploads in 4K, use a browser or device that supports VP9.

Type

Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate

(24, 25, 30)

Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate

(48, 50, 60)

2160p (4k)

35-45 Mbps

53-68 Mbps

1440p (2k)

16 Mbps

24 Mbps

1080p

8 Mbps

12 Mbps

720p

5 Mbps

7.5 Mbps

480p

2.5 Mbps

4 Mbps

360p

1 Mbps

1.5 Mbps

Recommended video bitrates for HDR uploads

Type

Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate

(24, 25, 30)

Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate

(48, 50, 60)

2160p (4k)

44-56 Mbps

66-85 Mbps

1440p (2k)

20 Mbps

30 Mbps

1080p

10 Mbps

15 Mbps

720p

6.5 Mbps

9.5 Mbps

480p

Not supported

Not supported

360p

Not supported

Not supported

In case you need to share your video files outside Pics.io, you may use a Lumière template to create a website

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