• Uploading Your Videos to YouTube

    Once you’re happy with your final result, you’ll need to save the video in a format that YouTube can accept in order to upload. Unless you’re a professional video producer, we recommend that you save your videos as either QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or .MPG files— these are the most common formats and they work well within our system. We specifically recommend the MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format at 640×480 resolution with MP3 audio. Resizing your video to these specifications before uploading will help your clips look better on YouTube.

    Here’s a summary of the audio and video specifications you need for the best results on YouTube. For further details, please read the information listed directly below this summary.


    Resolution Recommended: Original resolution of your video – for HD it is 1920×1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720. 

    Bit rate Because bit-rate is highly dependent on codec there is no recommended or minimum value. Videos should be optimized for resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate rather than bit rate.

    Frame rate The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling. In particular pulldown and other frame rate re-sampling techniques are strongly discouraged.

    Codec H.264 or MPEG-2 preferred.

    Preferred containers FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4


    Codec MP3 or AAC preferred

    Preferred containers FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4

    Sampling rate 44.1kHz

    Channels 2 (stereo)

    YouTube recently began offering users an option to view content in high definition- 1080p resolution (when the source upload supports it). Please note, we are currently experimenting with this feature and optimizing it accordingly, so we can’t guarantee that your videos will always be transcoded into this format with this user option present.

    YouTube accepts video files from most digital cameras and camcorders, and cell phones in the .AVI, .MOV, .WMV, and .MPG file formats.

    Please note: your video must meet our uploading requirements: no larger than 2GB and no more than 10 minutes in length. If your video does not meet these requirements you will need to re-edit the video file on your computer then upload the new file to our site.

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