Media Filesize / Transfer Reference Charts

CMP services

Video Production

Notes:
small "b" is bits, large "B" is Bytes
K is Kilo   
1 KB = 1024 Bytes
M is Mega     1 MB = 1024 KB
G is Giga   
1 GB = 1024 MB

AV File Sizes how big


1 sec
15 sec
1 min
15 min
1 hr
stream (dialup)
40 Kbps 5 KB
75 KB
300 KB
4.4 MB
17.6 MB
stream (broadband)
256 Kbps 32 KB
480 KB
1.9 MB
28.1 MB
112.5 MB
stereo 16 bit 44.1 (cda)
1.3 Mbps 172 KB
2.5 MB
10.1 MB
151.4 MB
605.6 MB
mpg1 (vcd)
1.5 Mbps 192 KB
2.8 MB
11.25 MB
169 MB
675 MB
mpg2 (dvd)
4 Mbps 512 KB
7.5 MB
30 MB
450 MB
1.76 GB
DV (tape)
25 Mbps 3.1 MB
46.9 MB
187 MB
2.75 GB
11 GB
Uncompressed Video (CCIR 601) 167.6 Mbps
21 MB
314 MB
1.2 GB
18 GB
74 GB



Media Time Limits how much fits


256 Kbps videos
Stereo 16/44.1 audio 1.5 Mbps (mpeg 1) 4 Mbps (mpeg 2)
25 Mbps (DV)
 flash memory
128 MB 1.1 hrs
12.7 min 14 min
4.2 min
40 sec
 CD
700 MB 6.2 hrs
69 min 1 hr
23 min
3.7 min
DVD
4.3 GB
1.6 days
7.2 hrs 6.5 hrs
2.4 hrs
23 min
hard drive
200 GB
2.5 months
14 days 12.6 days
4.7 days
18 hrs



Transfer Times   Speeds are theoretical maximums and do not allow for control signals, identifiers, switches, etc. 
Actual data transfer speeds may be only 75% of listed values, adding to transfer time.
how fast to fetch


50 KB
(sm image)
1 MB
(lg image)
10 MB
(pgm)
100 MB
(office suite)
650 MB
(CD iso)
1 GB
4.3 GB
(DVD)
Dialup 56 Kbps 7.7 sec
2.6 min
26.3 min
4.4 hr
28.4 hrs
45 hrs
8 days
Slow Broadband 256 Kbps 1.6 sec
32 sec
5.3 min
53 min
5.8 hrs
9.1 hrs
1.6 days
Fast Broadband 768 Kbps .5 sec
10.7 sec
1.8 min
17.8 min
1.9 hrs
3 hrs
13 hrs
T1 1.5 Mbps .3 sec
5.3 sec
53 sec
8.9 min
57.8 min
1.5 hrs
6.5 hrs
WiFi 802.11b 11 Mbps
.04 sec
.7 sec
7.3 sec
1.2 min
7.9 min
12 min
53 min
WiFi 802.11 (a/g) 54 Mbps .007 sec
.15 sec
1.5 sec
15 sec
1.6 min
2.5 min
11 min
10 base LAN 10 Mbps .04 sec
.8 sec
8 sec
1.3 min
8.7 min
13.6 min
59 min
100 base LAN
100 Mbps .004 sec
.08 sec
.8 sec
8 sec
52 sec
1.4 min
5.9 min
Gbit LAN
1000 Mbps
.0004 sec
.008 sec
.08 sec
.8 sec
5.2 sec
8.2 sec
35 sec
CD 1x
150 KBps
(= 1.17 Mbps)
.3 sec
6.8 sec
1.1 min
11.4 min
1.2 hrs
1.9 hrs
8.4 hrs
CD 6x
7 Mbps
.06 sec
1.1 sec
11.4 sec
1.9 min
12.4 min
19.5 min
1.4 hrs
DVD 1x
11.08 Mbps
.04 sec
.7 sec
7.2 sec
1.2 min
7.8 min
12.3 min
53 min
USB 1.1
12 Mbps
.03 sec
.67 sec
6.7 sec
1.1 min
7.2 min
11.4 min
49 min
USB 2.0
480 Mbps .0008 sec
.02 sec
.17 sec
1.67 sec
10.8 sec
17 sec
1.2 min
Firewire 1394
400 Mbps .001 sec
.02 sec
.2 sec
2 sec
13 sec
20.5 sec
1.5 min
Firewire 1394B
800 Mbps
.0005 sec
.01 sec
.1 sec
1 sec
6.5 sec
10.2 sec
44 sec
Ultra320 SCSI 2560 Mbps
.0002 sec
.003 sec
.03 sec
.3 sec
2 sec
3.2 sec
14 sec


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