Preparing Videos for YouTube and other Video Sites

If you have a finished video to share online, you may need to encode the video in a format that is accepted by YouTube and/or other sites. Often, the video editing program you used to edit and score your video will have built-in export features that have standard encoding options.

YouTube accepts .mp4 (MPEG4), .mov, .avi, .3GPP, .flv, .wmv, MPEGPS file formats (more details). The video must be less than 2GB in size and less than 15 minutes.

Some typical video dimensions:

16:9 “widescreen” video:

  • 1920 x 1080 – Full High Definition
  • 1280 x 720 – Commonly Used High Definition
  • 640 x 360 – Widescreen web video



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