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Recommended upload encoding settings for YouTube


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Source: (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en)


Below are the recommended upload encoding settings for your videos on YouTube. 


Container: MP4 (wiki)

  • No Edit Lists (or the video might not be processed correctly)

  • moov atom at the front of the file (Fast Start)


Audio codec: AAC-LC (wiki)

  • 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


Frame rate (wiki)

  • 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.


Bit-rate (wiki)


The bit-rates below are recommendations for uploads. Audio playback bit-rate is not related to video resolution.

Recommended video bit-rates for SDR uploads

To view uploads in 4K, use a browser or device that supports VP9.

Type                    | Video Bit-rate, Standard Frame Rate    | Video Bit-rate, High Frame Rate

                            | (24, 25, 30)                                              | (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 video bit-rates for HDR uploads

Type                    | Video Bit-rate, Standard Frame Rate    | Video Bit-rate, High Frame Rate

                            | (24, 25, 30)                                               | (48, 50, 60)

2160 p (4k)          44-56 Mbps                                                  66-85 Mbps

1440 p (2k)          20 Mbps                                                        30 Mbps

1080 p                 10 Mbps                                                        15 Mbps

720 p                   6.5 Mbps                                                       9.5 Mbps

480 p                  Not supported                                              Not supported

360 p                 Not supported                                               Not supported


Recommended audio bit-rates for uploads

Type    | Audio Bit-rate

Mono  128 kbps

Stereo  384 kbps

5.1        512 kbps


Resolution and aspect ratio (resolution wiki)(aspect ratio wiki)


  • YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you're uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed with either black bars on the left and right (pillar boxes) or black bars at the top and bottom (letter boxes) to make a 16:9 ratio in the player.

Learn how to use resolution and aspect ratios correctly.

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