The top upload settings for YouTube videos (format, size, resolution)
Bitrate SDR (Standart/High)
Bitrate HDR (Standart/High)
3840 × 2160
35–45 Mbps/53–68 Mbps
44–56 Mbps/66–85 Mbps
2560 × 1440
1920 × 1080
1280 × 720
How to convert a video file for YouTube
Step 1. Download the video converter for YouTube
Download Movavi Video Converter – a powerful and easy-to-use YouTube converter. Run the downloaded file and install the program following the on-screen instructions.
Step 2. Launch the program and add videos for conversion
Run the software. Click the Add Media button and then Add Video to select videos for conversion. If the original video source is a DVD, choose Add DVD to add files.
Step 3. Select a YouTube preset
In the Video tab in the lower part of the program window, open the Online Video category and select the appropriate YouTube preset.
Step 4. Convert video to YouTube format
Click the Save to button and specify the folder where the program should place converted files. Finally, click Convert.
Step 5. Start uploading the video to YouTube
After the conversion is done, go to YouTube and log in. Click the Create a video or post icon in the top panel and select Upload video.
Before uploading, you should adjust the privacy settings. Open the Privacy drop-down list and select one of the options shown:
Public – the video will be available for viewing by all visitors to the website.
Unlisted – the video will be available for viewing only by those who follow a specific link generated by YouTube. Choose this option if you want to show the video only to specific people.
Private – the video will be available for viewing only by users you invite through an email invitation. Choose this option if you’re concerned that a link to your video may get into the wrong hands.
Scheduled – the video will be available for viewing at a specific time. Before that time, only select people will be able to see the video (just as with private access). Choose this option if you want to upload the video in advance.
Now click the icon in the center of the screen. In the window that opens, choose the files you want to upload and click Open.
Wait for the video to upload. This time, there should be no format problems. While the video is being processed, you can edit the title, description, and tags for your video in the corresponding fields and also change other parameters in the Advanced settings tab. When everything is ready, click Publish.
Frequently asked questions
How do I upload a YouTube video?
You can upload a YouTube video in just a few simple steps:
Sign in to your YouTube account at the top right of the screen.
Review the YouTube community guidelines to ensure that your video is appropriate for the website.
At the top of your screen, click the Upload button. It should look like a gray up arrow.
Browse for your file or drag and drop it into the upload box.
Select the appropriate privacy setting (e.g., public, unlisted, private, etc.)
Fill in all appropriate fields for title, description, and tags.
Check the Advanced Settings tab to ensure that all settings are correct.
Hit the blue Publish button.
For more tips on uploading videos to YouTube, check out this video:
How do I upload an HD video to YouTube?
To upload an HD video to YouTube, ensure that your video is saved as a file type supported by YouTube. Once you’ve done this, simply upload the video to YouTube. In the video player, you can then select the Settings link and click on Quality. This will allow you to select between available resolutions for your video. This also allows you to upload a batch of HD videos at once, which is the fastest way to publish your videos if you have several to upload.
How do I upload a DVD to YouTube?
You can’t upload DVD files to YouTube. You can, however, import a DVD file, rip it, and turn it into a file format that YouTube supports. Be sure that you have all necessary permissions when turning a DVD file format into a YouTube video.
How do I change video quality on YouTube upload?
You can change video quality on YouTube and view HD videos at lower resolutions on YouTube by following the above steps to upload an HD video to YouTube. If your video has a lower resolution, however, you will not be able to increase its resolution on YouTube.
How do I convert an audio file to a video for YouTube?
When converting an audio track to a video file for YouTube, import the audio file into your video converter. You can then choose a still image to display while your audio plays throughout the video. For fast and easy publishing, ensure that you export the file in a format that works for YouTube uploads.
How do you upload a video to YouTube from your phone?
The best way to upload from your phone is to download and open the YouTube mobile app. Tap the + button at the bottom of the screen. Select Upload a video. Choose the video on your phone that you want to upload. Follow the prompts to edit and upload your video.
What is the best video format for YouTube upload?
While YouTube supports several file formats, MP4 is the recommended format for HD videos.
Why will YouTube not upload my video?
Your video may have failed to upload or transfer to YouTube for several reasons. As you work to determine why your video is failing to upload, make sure that your file format is supported by YouTube, the file size isn’t too big or too small, and that your internet connection is quick enough to support the upload.
Why are my videos uploading blurry to YouTube?
Immediately after upload, your video may appear blurry because it is still processing. Wait about 30 minutes and try again to see if the HD version of your movie has processed properly.
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