Upload an HD video to YouTube (with images)

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Upload an HD video to YouTube (with images)
Upload an HD video to YouTube (with images)

This article will show you how to format your videos in High-Definition for YouTube to play in full HD. YouTube supports all kinds of HD formats from 720p to 2160p (4K). You can also upload videos with HDR.


Part 1 of 2: Capturing the video

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Step 1. Record the video in HD resolution

Your videos need a square pixel aspect ratio to display properly. Use one of the following resolutions to record an HD video:

  • '720p': 1280 x 720
  • '1080p': 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p': 2560 x 1440
  • '2160p': 3840 x 2160
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Step 2. Use the correct frame rate

Use the same frame rate your video was shot at to encode and upload it. Common frame rates are 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60 frames per second (fps).

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Step 3. Select the appropriate bit rate for the video

The bit rate of the video is the speed at which the codec of the video plays the video. Your video should be optimized for your video resolution, frame rate, and whether or not your video has HDR (high dynamic range). YouTube recommends the following frame rates for standard bit rates (24 - 30 fps) and high bit rates (48 - 60 fps):

  • '2160p': Standard frame rate: 35-45 Mbps, High frame rate: 53 -68 Mpbs.
  • '2160p (HDR)': Standard frame rate: 44 - 56 Mbps, High frame rate: 66 - 85 Mbps.
  • '1440p': Standard frame rate: 16 Mbps, High frame rate: 24 Mbps.
  • '1440p (HDR)': Standard frame rate: 20 Mbps, High frame rate: 30 Mbps.
  • '1080p': Standard frame rate: 8 Mbps, High frame rate: 12 Mbps.
  • '1080p (HDR)': Standard frame rate: 10 Mbps, High frame rate: 15 Mbps.
  • '720p': Standard frame rate: 5 Mbps, High frame rate: 7.5 Mbps.
  • '720p (HDR)': Standard frame rate: 6.5 Mbps, High frame rate: 9.5 Mbps.
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Step 4. Use the audio codec AAC-LC with 48khz or 96khz sample rate

This is the recommended audio format for YouTube videos. YouTube also supports mono, stereo and 5.1 surround sound channels.

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Step 5. Use the H.264 video codec

H.264 is the most commonly used compression format for HD videos.

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Step 6. Save the video in a supported format

YouTube recommends uploading videos in MP4 format. Still, almost all popular formats, such as AVI, MOV, WMV, and FLV, are supported by YouTube.

Part 2 of 2: Uploading the video

Upload an HD Video to YouTube Step 7

Step 1. Confirm your YouTube account (optional)

If you have not yet confirmed your account, you can only upload videos with a maximum length of 15 minutes and a maximum size of 20GB. Confirmed accounts can upload videos up to 12 hours in length and up to 128 GB in size. Use the following steps to confirm your account, if you haven't already done so:

  • Go to https://www.youtube.com/verify in an internet browser.
  • Select your country.
  • Select the option to receive a text message or call via your phone.
  • Enter your phone number and click 'Submit'.
  • Wait for the call or SMS.
  • Enter the 6-digit verification code on YouTube's verification page and click Submit.
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Step 2. Go to https://www.youtube.com in an internet browser

This is YouTube's website.

If you are not automatically signed in, click on 'Sign in' in the top right corner. Select your YouTube account and enter your password to sign in. If you don't see your YouTube accounts listed, click 'Use another account' and enter the email address and password associated with your YouTube account

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Step 3. Click on the icon that looks like a camera with a plus (+) sign in the middle

It's in the top right corner of the page. A menu will appear.

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Step #4. Click Upload Video

This is the first option in the drop-down menu.

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Step 5. Click Select Files

It's the blue button in the middle of the screen. This will open your computer's explorer.

You can also drag and drop a video in the center of the window

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Step 6. Select the video and click Open

The video will now be uploaded to YouTube.

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Step 7. Enter a title for the video

By default, the file name will be the title of the video. If you prefer a different name, type it below the "Title" field.

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Step 8. Enter a description of the video

Use the 'Description' field to type a short description of the video.

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Step 9. Select a thumbnail for the video

Once the video has been processed, this step will become available. This is an image of the video that will appear as the video thumbnail when it appears in searches.

You can also click on the 'Upload thumbnail' field to select and upload a thumbnail of your choice

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Step 10. Select whether the video is suitable for children or not

YouTube now requires that you select an audience for which the video was made. If the video is intended for children, click on 'Yes, suitable for children'. If not, click on 'No, not suitable for children'.

To comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), YouTube requires that you set the audience for every video you upload. If the video is marked as "Kids Suitable", then certain features such as personalized ads, comments, info cards and end screens will not be available. YouTube can adjust the audience settings for videos if they are set incorrectly. Deliberately setting videos incorrectly can lead to YouTube taking further steps

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Step 11. Set an age restriction (optional)

If your video contains content that may be inappropriate for children, you can click "Age Restriction (Advanced)" and then "Yes, keep my video for viewers 18 years or older."

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Step 12. Click More options (optional)

The 'More Options' button is at the bottom of the page and displays more settings for your video. Here you can find the following options:

  • 'Paid offers': If your video contains paid offers, click on 'This video contains paid offers such as a product or service'. You can then click on the option you want to add as a message to inform viewers about paid offers.
  • 'Tags': Tags are keywords that users type into the search bar so that your video appears in a search. In the field under 'Tags', type any keywords you wish to link to your video.
  • 'Language, Subtitles, Captions (CC)': Use the drop-down menu and select a language for your video. After choosing a language, you can select a caption certification or even upload a script file with subtitles, if you have one.
  • 'Shooting date and location': If you want the video to include the shooting date and location, use the fields under 'Shooting date and location' to select a date and location.
  • 'License and Distribution': Here you have the option to select the Standard YouTube License or the Creative Commons License. You also have the option to allow embedding and to publish to subscribers' feeds.
  • 'Category': Here you can select a category for your video and enter information about the video.
  • Comments and Ratings: Use the drop-down menu to select whether to allow comments, to block inappropriate comments so you can check them, to check all comments first, or to disable comments altogether. You can also select whether you want the comments to be ranked by best comments or newest comments.
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Step 13. Click Next

It's the blue button in the bottom right corner.

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Step 14. Add End Screens or Cards (optional)

You can use end screens and cards to promote related content during or after your video. To add an end screen or map, click 'Add' to the right of 'Add an end screen' or 'Add maps'. This opens the video card editor. Follow the guidelines to add cards to your video.

To return to YouTube Studio from the video card editor, click "Return to YouTube Studio" in the top right corner

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Step 15. Set the visibility of your video

This allows you to set who can view your video and how easy it is to find it. To set the visibility of your video, click 'Publish Now'. Then click on one of the following options:

  • 'Public': Anyone can search and watch your video.
  • Don't show in lists: Only people with a link can view your video.
  • Private: Only you can choose who can watch your video.
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Step 16. Schedule a publishing date (optional)

You have the option to set when the video is published. To set a date, click on 'Schedule' and then use the drop-down fields to select the date and time when the video may be published. Then click on 'Schedule' in the lower right corner.

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Step 17. Click Done

It's the blue button in the bottom right corner. This will save your video's settings. Your video will be published immediately or at the time you schedule. After that, you will see a window with the option to share your video on social media.

  • If the video is playing in a lower resolution, click the gear icon at the bottom right, then click "Quality" in the drop-down menu and select a higher resolution. The video may remain at a lower resolution until the conversion is complete.
  • If the quality of the video is not what you expected, it could be due to a poor internet connection.

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