/youtube/community?hl=en
This content is likely not relevant anymore. Try searching or browse recent questions.
This post is a trending issue.
2/13/19
🚩4K video uploads and processing time 0 Recommended Answers 0 Replies 4392 Upvotes
1 Recommended Answer
$0 Recommended Answers
Recently, we’ve heard from some creators that videos uploaded in 4K are getting “stuck in 360p” and higher resolutions (such as 1080p and 4K) are taking a long time to process. Your reports helped us uncover a technical issue causing higher resolution processing time to take longer than expected. This specific issue is now resolved for all new video uploads and you can read more about the fix here.

We also wanted to share some more details and best practices related to uploading in 4K based on common questions we’ve seen from you:

  • Processing for low vs high resolutions: When you upload a video, it will initially be processed only in low resolution to make sure that a version of the video is published faster. As soon as your upload is complete, your video is available to stream in a lower resolution, usually 360p, to a wide variety of devices. Higher resolutions, such as 1080p or 4K, start processing after your upload is complete and take additional time to process. This means that initially, your video may only be available to stream in low resolution and it could look like high quality options such as 1080p or 4k are “missing” until that additional processing is complete.

  • 4K vs 1080p: 4K videos are 4 times larger than 1080p videos. A 4K video can take multiple hours to finish high resolution processing. Timing also depends on other factors such as frame rate and the length of the video. Overall, 1080p is usually much quicker to process than 4K. See some specific examples below.

  • Frame rate and length of the video: A 4K video, with a frame rate of 30 fps (frames per second) that is 60 minutes long, can take up to 4 hours or more to finish high resolution processing. A 4K video with a frame rate of 60 fps will take even longer, and so on. If your video is taking longer than 8 hours to process high resolution options, let us know by sending a report via our feedback tool.

  • Best practices for uploading in higher resolutions: If you want your video to be available in all resolutions when it’s first public, we recommend uploading a private or unlisted and switching to public once high resolution processing is complete. Also for longer videos, you may want to factor additional processing time into your content planning/scheduling, since it’s expected to take more time for higher resolutions to become available. If you’d like to speed up the processing time altogether, you can try switching to a lower frame rate. If you need to get a video out ASAP, you may consider switching to a lower resolution – like from 4K to 1080p – as this will mean less processing time before HD options like 720p and 1080p are available to viewers.

Learn more about video quality after uploading in our help center!
No replies yet.
This question is locked and replying has been disabled.
Discard post? You will lose what you have written so far.
Write a reply
10 characters required
Failed to attach file, click here to try again.
Discard post?
You will lose what you have written so far.
Personal information found

We found the following personal information in your message:

This information will be visible to anyone who visits or subscribes to notifications for this post. Are you sure you want to continue?

A problem occurred. Please try again.
Create Reply
Edit Reply
Delete post?
This will remove the reply from the Answers section.
Notifications are off
Your notifications are currently off and you won't receive subscription updates. To turn them on, go to Notifications preferences on your Profile page.
Report abuse
Google takes abuse of its services very seriously. We're committed to dealing with such abuse according to the laws in your country of residence. When you submit a report, we'll investigate it and take the appropriate action. We'll get back to you only if we require additional details or have more information to share.

Go to the Legal Help page to request content changes for legal reasons.

Reported post for abuse
Unable to send report.
This reply is no longer available.
/youtube/threads
//accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin
You'll receive email notifications for new posts at
Unable to delete question.
Unable to update vote.
Unable to update subscription.
You have been unsubscribed
Deleted
Unable to delete reply.
Removed from Answers
Marked as Recommended Answer
Removed recommendation
Undo
Unable to update reply.
Unable to update vote.
Thank you. Your response was recorded.
Unable to undo vote.
Thank you. This reply will now display in the answers section.
Link copied
Locked
Unlocked
Unable to lock
Unable to unlock
Pinned
Unpinned
Unable to pin
Unable to unpin
Marked
Unmarked
Unable to mark
Reported as off topic
/youtube/profile/0?hl=en