iPhone Video File Sizes

As I was researching my upcoming book, “Techniques of Visual Persuasion,” I needed a table of file sizes for iPhone video.

A Google search didn’t turn up a whole lot and the tables that I did find were wrong. So, these are the correct and updated numbers, based on frame size and frame rate. If you are planning an iPhone shoot, these numbers can help you plan your storage needs.


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7 Responses to iPhone Video File Sizes

  1. Brian O'Connell says:

    Hi Larry,

    Apple is very USA centric because it does not include 25 fps (PAL) as an option for video recording. Including this option would giving a frame rate that is appropriate for most of the world, and show that Apple has a worldwide vision. If you look at a world map of the different territories for PAL, you will see that there are more countries using PAL than NTSC, such as Europe, Australia, India, etc.

    The non USA part of the world would really appreciate a plea to Apple to include this.

    Kind regards

    Brian O’Connell

    PS I am aware that Filmic Pro will give iPhone users this options as a work around but it should be there in the first place.

    • Larry says:


      I agree, the iPhone should support 25 fps. I’ve passed this on to Apple as a suggestion. I have no idea why it doesn’t.


    • Jake says:

      does 24 vs 25 even matter in 2020 anymore?
      Does in make any difference in online broadcasting? (Vimeo, IG, Netflix, etc)
      Does PAL vs NTSC matter online?

      • Larry says:


        Keep in mind that online is only a part of the video distribution channel. Online does not care about frame rates, but broadcast, cable and digital cinema do. So, yes, frame rates still matter. However, if your distribution system is online, then frame rates don’t matter EXCEPT it is important to shoot the frame rate you want to deliver. Changing frame rates during post causes stutters and other weird playback artifacts. Avoid it, if you possibly can.

        PAL and NTSC matter because they are both interlaced. Before posting to the web, they need to be deinterlaceds to look reasonable.


  2. Assuming these are the standard data rates of the Apple camera app, it would be great to see a chart that included higher data rates such as Filmic Extreme. Max extreme recording data rate is 100Mbps. Not sure if that includes the audio.

    • Larry says:


      We’d need to contact Filmic for that, but 100 Mbps is not that fast – it’s slower than some of the settings in my chart (12.5 MB/sec).


  3. Thanks Larry for all the work. Looking forward to the book.

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