What’s the Best Video Files Parameter for YouTube?

Received an "invalid file format error message when you're uploading to YouTube"? So what're the best formats for YouTube sharing? This is the main anxiety problem with making video published to YouTube for the people first time do with video, because YouTube video whether has strong capability to best engage audience while staying true to creator's brand depends on that, not only the video contents of whatever entertaining, educational, or inspiring, but also the better video quality of sounds, biterate, and sizes.

This page is going to tell you what the most famous online video sharing website- YouTube supported video formats, resolution and file sizes are in the first place. Regardless of the controversial downloaded yield tens of thousands of times, let's unveil them step by step.

Youtube Video Format

What on earth the video file formats YouTube support?

First, make sure you're saving the right formats/file extensions of MOV (.mov), 3GP (.3gp, .3g2, .3gpp), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), AVI (.avi), MPEGS (.mpg), WMV (.wmv), WebM (.webm), which are supported by YouTube uploading.

Recommended file container: MP4 which overlaps all the advantages with small file size, high compression rate (for high quality) and popularity. MP4 includes two video Codecs, namely, MPEG4 and H.264, which are both widely supported, together with AAC (2 Channel - 8 Channel) and MP3 as audio Codec.

Second, please let the video be maximum compiled to the YouTube video files' parameter settings of resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, biterate, codec and audio, the better the closed with details as belows:


Recommended to upload videos in HD for quality playback

Best Dimension for YouTube 720p HD Video: 1280x720 (16:9)
Best Uploading YouTube 1080p HD Video Dimension: 1920x1080 (16:9)
Best 4K Ultra HD (2160p) Video Dimension for Uploading to YouTube: 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
YouTube Upload Dimensions for 8K FUHD (4320p) Video: 7680x4320 (16:9)

Other Standard Video Dimensions/Resolutions for YouTube:
1440p (2k): 2560x1440 (16:9)
480p: 854x480 (16:9)
360p: 640x360 (16:9)
240p: 426x240 (16:9)

 Aspect Ratio
 Standard aspect ratios: 4:3 (vertical) or 16:9 (horizontal), please do not miss up them, or the black bars will  be all around your video and it will look rather horrible. You can change video aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 for wide screen display before uploading to YouTube.
 Frame Rate
 The best quality of video frame rate is 25-30 fps, but YouTube also supports 60fps frame rate currently. But you'd better not change the frame rate and make sure the encoded and uploaded video is in the same frame rate it was recorded.

Biterate is highly dependent on video codec. YouTube has defined its recommendations on biterate value which you could get the best quality when converting a video according to its table below

Bitrate is not as important as other settings for common uploading. If you are an advanced user, you can check more detailed recommended YouTube upload encoding settings (Advanced) from YouTube Help page.

 H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 is the best video codec YouTube prefers
 Audio (slight attention)
 MP3 or AAC format, 44.1kHz sampling rate and the higher biterate but no less than 192 kbps
  YouTube limits the length of a video file to 15 minutes. It means a user can only upload a video of 15 minutes at most.
File size
 Only a 2GB video file can be uploaded from YouTube webpage, but 20GB is allowed when an up-to-date browser is used.
 Although Videos either in progressive scanning or interlaced scanning mode can be uploaded, YouTube suggests turning interlaced videos to deinterlaced before uploading for the best video quality. Therefore, progressive scanning is needed for video uploading.

Best Biterate for YouTube Sharing

Best file parameter for YouTube sharing

Besides, with various video recording equipments available on market today like PC, WEB, iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, Pads, MacBook, PlayStation, etc, it's possible for YouTube to miss some file formats supporting, then you could consider to convert video and upload it directly from your source devices, then brings up a video preview, along with some extra parameters evaluating:

  • Video size
  • Show suggested videos when the video finishes
  • Show player controls
  • Show video title and player actions
  • Enable privacy-enhanced mode

Before concluding, let's make out how to transcode video for YouTube perfectly with Dimo Video Converter Ultimate if you have some multimedia file in unsupported formats for YouTube.

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Guide to make video fully compiled to the YouTube

choose YouTube supported format

1. Install and and run Dimo Video Converter Ultimate;
2. Load YouTube unsupported videos to the YouTube Video Converter by "dragging & drop" or clicking "Add File"
3. Select output format, please click "Select Format"> "Format" > "Web">"Youtube"
4. Press "Settings" to adjust video files' parameter settings of resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, biterate, codec following by the YouTube supported file parameters above;
5. To edit the video, click "Edit" to use the crisp editing features like trimming, deinterlacing, flipping, adding special effect/text watermark, etc.;
6. Define output file route and click "Start" to convert unsupported video to YouTube best format.

After transcoding, you could go to youtube.com to upload converted videos to your YouTube account perfectly.

Guide to Upload converted videos to YouTube from computer

Upload videos to YouTube
  • Sign into your YouTube account.
  • Click on Upload at the top of the page.
  • Before you start uploading the video you can chose the video privacy settings.
  • Select the video you'd like to upload from your computer. You can also create a video slideshow or import a video from Google Photos.
  • As the video is uploading you can edit both the basic information and the advanced settings of the video, and decide if you want to notify subscribers (if you uncheck this option no communication will be shared with your subscribers). Partners will also be able to adjust their Monetization settings.
  • Click Publish to finish uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to Private or Unlisted, just click Done to finish the upload or click Share to privately share your video.
  • If you haven't clicked Publish, your video won't be viewable by other people. You can always publish your video at a later time in your Video Manager.

Once the upload is completed we will send you an email to notify you that your video is done uploading and processing. You can then forward that email to friends or family for easy sharing. If you prefer not to receive notification, you can opt out by visiting your email settings.


Dimo Video Converter Ultimate can be your top YouTube video converter and trimmer on Windows PC to help users to convert Sony/Canon/JVC HD camcorder recorded SD/HD/4K videos, Blu-ray videos, DVD videos, 2D/3D videos and any downloaded videos, such as MP4, MKV, MOV, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD, MXF, MPEG, VOB, 3GP, ASF to the most suitable YouTube videos to prevent YouTube users from worrying about the video format, codec, resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate issues. With built in profiles of YouTube upload video formats, you can directly select the best format for uploading to not only YouTube, but also Vimeo, Facebook, etc. Mac version is here.

Note: We do not advocate illegal use of YouTube videos and suggest you respect the copy right of the contributors.

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