YouTube supports almost any video format for upload, but for most users we have found the following settings give the best uploading results on YouTube. Here’s a summary of the audio and video specifications you will need if you want to learn the best format for YouTube uploading.
- Best format for YouTube: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4
- Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9)
- Resolution: 640×360 (16:9) or 480×360 (4:3) recommended
- Audio format: MP3 or AAC preferred
- Frames per second: 30
- Maximum length: 10 minutes (we recommend 2-3 minutes)
- Maximum file size: 1 GB
For further details about the best YouTube video file format, please read the information listed directly below this summary.
|Best YouTube Video Format|
|Resolution||Recommended: 1280 x 720 (16×9 HD) and 640 x 480 (4:3 SD)
There is no required minimum resolution – in general the higher resolution the better and HD resolution is preferred. For older content, lower resolution is unavoidable.
|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, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred.|
|Best YouTube Audio Format|
|Codec||MP3 or AAC preferred|