TV / Film Partner Guide

Encoding

We suggest the following three format options for high-quality uploads to YouTube. Please note that if you are already delivering a previously approved format, your workflow may not need to change. Please consult your partner operations contact to determine which format is best for you.

These specs differ from the High quality specs for YouTube user-generated content. Please contact your partner operations contact with any questions about these differences.
Option 1 - ProRes 422 HQ

HD Profile Specifications

Attribute Specification
Codec Apple ProRes 422 HQ
Colour Space ITU-R BT.709
Bit Rate Variable Bit Rate, expected ~220 Mbps
Resolutions 1440x1080 (4x3 content ONLY)
1920x1080 (16x9 content or 16x9 with letterboxing per matting guidelines below)
Frame Rates 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97
Native Frame Rate only. Content containing duplicate or telecined frames will be rejected
Scan type 23.976, 24, 25 – Progressive
29.97 – Interlaced or Progressive
Matting 16x9 frame size delivered with letterboxing will be accepted. If content contains pillarboxing (black on left and right), windowboxing (black on all sides), or is 4x3 LTBX, then content should be cropped to active pixel area only.

SD Profile

Attribute Specification
Codec Apple ProRes 422 HQ
Colour Space ITU-R BT.601
Bit Rate Variable Bit Rate, expected ~40-60Mbps
Aspect Ratio 720x480 anamorphic
Content should be delivered in its Original Aspect Ratio.
Pixel Aspect Ratio ‘pasp’ atom must be set to correct aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9)
Frame Rates 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97
Native Frame Rate only. Content containing duplicate or telecined frames will be rejected.
Scan type 23.976, 24, 25 – Progressive
29.97 – Interlaced or Progressive
Matting 16x9 frame size delivered with letterboxing will be accepted. If content contains pillarboxing (black on left and right), windowboxing (black on all sides), or is 4x3 LTBX, then content should be cropped to active pixel area only.

PAL Profile

Attribute Specification
Codec Apple ProRes 422 HQ
Colour Space ITU-R BT.601
Bit Rate Variable Bit Rate, expected ~40-60Mbps
Aspect Ratio 720x576 anamorphic
Pixel Aspect Ratio ‘pasp’ atom must be set to correct aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9)
Frame Rates 23.976, 24, 29.97
Native Frame Rate only. Content containing duplicate or telecined frames will be rejected.
Scan type 23.976, 24, 25 – Progressive
29.97 – Interlaced or Progressive
Matting 16x9 frame size delivered with letterboxing will be accepted. If content contains pillarboxing (black on left and right), windowboxing (black on all sides), or is 4x3 LTBX, then content should be cropped to active pixel area only.

Audio Profile

Attribute Specification
Codec LPCM, 16 or 24 bit, at least 48 kHz
Option 1 (5.1 + Stereo) Track 1: L R C LFE Ls Rs
Track 2: Lt Rt
Option 2 (5.1 + Stereo) Track 1: L
Track 2: R
Track 3: C
Track 4: LFE
Track 5: Ls
Track 6: Rs
Track 7: Lt
Track 8: Rt

*Also acceptable for Track 7 to be a composite stereo.
Option 3 (5.1 + Stereo) Track 1: L R C LFE Ls Rs
Track 2: Lt
Track 3: Rt
Option 4 (Stereo Only) Track 1: Lt
Track 2: Rt
Option 5 (Stereo Only) Track 1: Lt Rt

Note on audio channel assignments

Channel assignments must be set in the file metadata. Channels that are not assigned correctly may result in delays in publishing or in your asset being rejected.

ProRes content eligibility

Due to the additional processing time required to process large ProRes files, only certain types of content can be accepted as ProRes at this time.

Supported

  • TV – library/back catalogue TV.
  • Film – new release films delivered more than two weeks prior to avail start date and library/back catalogue films.

Not currently supported

  • TV – next day TV.
  • Film – new release films delivered less than two weeks prior to avail start date.


Option 2 – H.264 Codec

Video Profile

Attribute Specification
Containers .mp4
.mov
Codec H.264
Profile High
Frame Rate 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
Bit Rate SD (fewer than 720 lines) - 15 Mbps
720 lines - 50 Mbps
1080 lines - 60 Mbps
Resolutions 1.33 (4x3) - 720x480, 1440x1080, 720x576 (PAL)
1.78 (16x9) - 720x404, 720x576 (PAL 16x9), 854x480, 1280x720, 1920x1080
(cropped content that is wider than 1.78 may deviate from these resolutions – see notes about matting for non-standard aspect ratios)
Pixel Aspect Ratio SD: Anamorphic (non-square) pixels will be accepted, but Pixel Aspect Ratio (pasp) flag must be set to 16x9 or 4x3.
HD: Square pixels only (no anamorphic content)
Scan type Progressive
  Native frame rate content should be deinterlaced.
  Telecined content should be inverse telecined to original frame rate.


Note: Content with blended frames or interlacing artefacts will be rejected.
GOP Structure IBBP (M=3, GOP Length not to exceed ½ of frame rate)
Colour Space 4:2:2 (preferred)
4:2:0
Matting 16:9 frame size delivered with letterboxing will be accepted. If content contains pillarboxing (black on left and right), windowboxing (black on all sides), or is 4:3 LTBX, then content should be cropped to active pixel area only.
Notes Edit lists are not allowed as these cause loss of A/V sync.
moov atom must be present and at the front of the file.

Audio Profile

Attribute Specification
Audio Codec PCM (preferred)
AAC-LC
Audio Bit Rate > 192 Kbps for Stereo
> 384 Kbps for 5.1
Audio Sample Rate 48 kHz
Audio Configuration

PCM
  Stereo
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)
  5.1
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)
    •Stream 2 (L/R/C/LFE/Ls/Rs)
 
AAC-LC
  Stereo
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)
  5.1
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)
    •Stream 2 (C/L/R/Ls/Rs/LFE)

Option 3 - MPEG-2 Transport Stream

Video Profile

Attribute Specification
Containers MPEG-2 Transport Stream (.mpg, .mpeg, .ts)
Codec MPEG-2
Profile SD: Main@Main
HD: 422@High
Frame Rate 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
Bit Rate SD (fewer than 720 lines): 50 Mbps
HD (720 lines or higher): 80 Mbps
Resolutions 1.33 (4x3) - 720x480, 720x576 (PAL only), 1440x1080
1.78 (16x9) - 720x404, 720x576 (PAL 16x9 only with anamorphic flag set), 854x480, 1280x720, 1920x1080
(cropped content that is wider than 1.78 may deviate from these resolutions – see notes about matting for non-standard aspect ratios)
Pixel Aspect Ratio Square pixels only (no anamorphic content).
Scan type Progressive
 Native frame rate content should be deinterlaced.
 Telecined content should be inverse telecined to original frame rate.

Note: Content with blended frames or interlacing artifacts will be rejected.
GOP Structure IBBP (M=3, GOP Length not to exceed ½ of the frame rate)
Colour Space 4:2:2 (preferred)
If 4:2:2 colour space is not available, please use 4:2:0.
Matting 16:9 frame size delivered with letterboxing will be accepted. If content contains pillarboxing (black on left and right), windowboxing (black on all sides) or is 4:3 LTBX, then content should be cropped to active pixel area only.

Audio Profile

Audio Codec s302m
MP2
MPEG-1 Layer 2
Audio Bit Rate > 192 Kbps for Stereo
> 384 Kbps for 5.1
Audio Sample Rate 48 kHz
Audio Configuration

s302m
  Stereo:
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)
  5.1 + Stereo:
    •Stream 1 (L/R/C/LFE/Ls/Rs/Lt/Rt)

MP2 and MPEG-1 Layer 2 (Stereo Only)
  Stereo:
    •Stream 1 (Lt/Rt)