Recommended upload encoding settings
- No Edit Lists (or the video might not be processed correctly)
- moov atom at the front of the file (Fast Start)
- Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
- Sample rate 96 khz or 48 khz
- Progressive scan (no interlacing)
- High Profile
- 2 consecutive B frames
- Closed GOP. GOP of half the frame rate.
- Variable bit rate. No bit rate limit required, although we offer recommended bit rates below for reference
- Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0
Content should be encoded and uploaded using the same frame rate that was used during recording.
Common frame rates include: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 frames per second (other frame rates are also acceptable).
Interlaced content should be deinterlaced before uploading. For example, 1080i60 content should be deinterlaced to 1080p30, going from 60 interlaced fields per second to 30 progressive frames per second.
The bit rates below are recommendations for uploads. Audio playback bit rate is not related to video resolution.
Recommended video bit rates for uploads
|Type||Video Bit Rate, Standard Frame Rate
(24, 25, 30)
|Video Bit Rate, High Frame Rate
(48, 50, 60)
|2160 p (4k)||35-45 Mbps||53-68 Mbps|
|1440 p (2k)||16 Mbps||24 Mbps|
|1080 p||8 Mbps||12 Mbps|
|720 p||5 Mbps||7.5 Mbps|
|480 p||2.5 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|360 p||1 Mbps||1.5 Mbps|
Recommended audio bit rates for uploads
|Type||Audio Bit Rate|
YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you're uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed correctly as well, with pillar boxes (black bars on the left and right) or letter boxes (black bars at the top and bottom) provided by the player.
Learn how to use resolution and aspect ratios correctly.