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Best Video Format for YouTube Uploading

Published on 15 May 17
As the largest video-sharing website, YouTube has the strong attractive of owning a lot of video fans around the world. Millions of people would like to upload videos to YouTube for sharing with others. However, have you ever get a frustrating message from YouTube that "invalid file format error message when you're uploading"? So what're the best formats for YouTube uploading? Today we are going to tell you what video formats are well supported by YouTube to avoid such problems.

Part 1. YouTube Supported Video File Formats

What are YouTube friendly video types? Before you upload the video to YouTube, you need to know what video formats are supported and accepted by YouTube for uploading.

• MP4 (a multimedia container format standard specified as a part of MPEG-4)

• FLV (Flash Video, a kind of video format)

• AVI (Audio Video Interleaved, a kind of video format)

• MOV (the QuickTime multimedia file format)

• 3GP (a multimedia container format defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project for 3G UMTS multimedia services)

• MKV (an free container format that holds an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file)

• MPEG (the Moving Picture Experts Group, a kind of video format)

• WMV (Windows Media Video)

• SWF (Shockwave Flash)

The most recommended format is 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.

Part 2. Best Video Parameters for Uploading to YouTube

In order to let the video work perfectly with YouTube and get the best YouTube with nice effects, you'd better to know the best parameter settings for uploading to YouTube. From the summary of the audio and video specification, you will learn the best video settings for YouTube uploading.


H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 is the best video codec YouTube prefers


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)

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.


Bitrate is highly dependent on video codec. And it is not as important as other settings for common uploading. If you need, go to YouTube Help Page to get more details.

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.


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.

Part 3. Convert Video to YouTube Supported Format

If you have some videos in unsupported formats for YouTube, you will need a YouTube video converter to get the best video format. Video Converter Ultimate is such a professional video converter which supports various formats to convert. And you can easily find the suitable format with YouTube in the preset list. Meanwhile, it allows you to customize video parameters to fit best YouTube video specification.
Step 1. Add Videos for Conversion
As soon as you download and install the video converter for YouTube, launch it. Click on the "Add File" button and then add videos from your computer folder for conversion. Or you can drag your videos into this program. This YouTube video converter supports a batch processing for multiple files.
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Step 2. Select Best Format for YouTube
Head to the "Output Format" section > "Format" > "Video" to choose the best format for YouTube from we listed above.
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Step 3. Adjust Best YouTube Video Parameters
Press "Settings" to adjust video parameters such as resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, bitrate and codec following by the best YouTube supported file parameters above.
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Step 4. Convert Video to YouTube best Format

You can specify the output folder where the program place converted files by click the "Browse" icon next to the "Convert" button. To get the best YouTube video for uploading, just hit the "Convert" button to start conversion.

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Now you can upload your videos to YouTube perfectly by using Video Converter Ultimate. Furthermore, it also allows you to basically edit your video such as trimming video, adding various effects, adding watermark and subtitle. It should be a good helper for YouTube Video Uploading.
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