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How to upload video to YouTube

YouTube accepts a wide range of video file formats.The video files below are all accepted by YouTube. Some video formats work best and are most compatible with certain computers, software or devices.

Windows Media Video (.WMV)
.3GP (cell phones)
.AVI (windows)
.MOV (mac)
.MP4 (ipod/psp)
.FLV (adobe flash)
.MKV (h.264)

If you do not think your current video file format is recognized by YouTube, you may get the best uploading results from converting your file to MPEG4 video with MP3 audio.

Here’s a summary of the audio and video specifications you need for the best results on YouTube:

Video Resolution – Recommended: Original resolution of your video – for HD it is 1920×1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720.

Video Bit rate – Because bit-rate is highly dependent on codec there is no recommended or minimum value. Videos should be optimized for resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate rather than bit rate.

Video Frame rate – The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling. In particular pulldown and other frame rate re-sampling techniques are strongly discouraged.

Video Codec – H.264 or MPEG-2 preferred.

Video Preferred containers – FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4

Audio Codec – MP3 or AAC preferred

Audio Preferred containers – FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4

Audio Sampling rate – 44.1kHz

Audio Channels – 2 (stereo)

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