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Best YouTube Video Specs for Unloading: Pixel, Resolution, Format

Catrina Jones
Catrina Jones

Catrina Jones is a qualified editor of this website aimed at multimedia software. She is a regular contributor of product tutorials, reviews as well as tips and tricks, helping all users edit, download or create enjoyable videos.

Q: When I make a video in Filmora Video Editor and upload it to YouTube, there is the "Length of video too long" error. What is wrong? How do I fix this?

Q: When I upload a video to YouTube, the quality get really bad. So what is the best video format for YouTube uploading? MP4? AVI? FLV?

YouTube is the largest video-sharing website that millions of people will watch videos, register accounts and upload videos to every day. Previously, we discussed about how to download videos from YouTube playlist. This time, let's uncover all basics of YouTube uploading formats and settings. If you are not using the best YouTube upload video settings including pixel, resolution, dimension, video formats, etc., you will probably encounter the same issues listed above.

Recommended YouTube Video Pixels

YouTube's default video size is 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels tall; some videos are available in the slightly larger 480-pixel X 360-pixel size. It is smaller than the standard YouTube video screen – video of this size are automatically expended to fill the screen. But on the whole, 320x240 is fairly good compromise which suits the different player sizes well enough. I recommend you shoot and upload your videos at 640 X 480 resolution so that your video won't become blocky and grainy when convert it to size smaller than 640 X 480 resolution.

Note: A pixel is the smallest element of a digital image, used to measure image resolution. A standard definition television picture is 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall; a high-definition picture, at minimum, is 1280 pixels wide by 720 pixels tall.

Recommended YouTube Video Resolution

  • 2160P: 380x2160

  • 1440P: 2560x1440

  • 1080P: 1920x1080

  • 720P: 1280x720

  • 480P: 854x480

  • 360P:640x360

  • 240P 426x240

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Recommended YouTube Video Format

The best format for YouTube is MP4 (standard, HD and Ultra 4K quality). Besides, YouTube supports a wide range of video formats including MOV, MPEG, AVI, WMV, FLV, WMV, SWF, MKV, etc. If your videos won't be uploaded successfully, it could be caused by the codec or other encoding settings. Best YouTube video codec is H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 while best YouTube audio codec is MP3 or AAC.

Recommended YouTube Video Bitrate and Frame Rate


Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate
  (24, 25, 30)

Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate
  (48, 50, 60)

2160p   (4k)

35-45   Mbps

53-68   Mbps

1440p   (2k)

16   Mbps

24   Mbps


8   Mbps

12   Mbps


5   Mbps

7.5   Mbps


2.5   Mbps

4   Mbps


1   Mbps

1.5   Mbps

How to Customize Video to Fit Best YouTube Video Specs

To upload video with compatible formats and settings to YouTube, you will need a professional YouTube video converter to help you adjust the video specs before the video uploading process. Video Converter Ultimate is a recommended program to finish such a task. It can convert various video and audio formats including 4K, MXF, MTS/ M2TS, H.265/HEVC, etc. to YouTube compatible formats. And it allows you to get the best YouTube uploading settings by flexibly changing the video codec, resolution, bitrate, frame rate or audio codec.

Video Converter Ultimate – Video Converter for YouTube Video Uploading

Video Converter Ultimate is the program that can polish your video before sharing to YouTube and it can help you get the exact video you want.

Step 1. Add Video File

Launch the program and input source video to the program by clicking "Add Files" button.

Launch Video Converter Ultimate

Step 2. Choose Best YouTube Uploading Format

Click on "Format" > "Video" and choose the best YouTube compatible uploading format such as MP4 from the drop-down options.

Choose Best YouTube Uploading Format

Step 3. Change Encoding Settings

Now click on "Settings" tab and open the "Settings" window, you can adjust the output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec and channels to let it fit YouTube video settings.

Change Encoding Settings

Step 4. Start Converting

Now hit the "Convert" button to start customizing your video for YouTube uploading.

Start Converting

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