What is the Best Video Format for Uploading to YouTube?

Convert Any Video to YouTube Best Supported Format on Mac and Windows

YouTube maybe the most popular video website and many users like to upload their favorite videos to YouTube for sharing to more others as well as watch the videos they like. Speaking of uploading videos to YouTube, many users have failed to upload the video to YouTube even if the video format is on YouTube supported video format list. Why does this failure happen and how to fix this failure? Now the following article will give a clear explanation and an easy solution.

YouTube supported video formats for uploading include MOV, MPEG-4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm and HEVC, but among which YouTube preferred video format and codecs or we can say the best video format for YouTube is MP4 format and H.264, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 codec. Besides, YouTube has requirements of video frame rate, bitrate, resolution, aspect ratio, etc. For example,

Frame Rate: The frame rate of the video preparing to upload to YouTube should be the same as the one when the video is recorded, 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 frames per second.

Bitrate: The YouTube preferred video bitrates are different for SDR and HDR videos. For example, the preferred video bitrate for SDR 2160p video with Standard frame rate is 35-45Mbps, but HDR is 44-56 Mbps. So find other preferred video bitrates for other SDR and HDR videos in YouTube website.

Resolution and aspect ratio: To avoid black bar issues, YouTube preferred aspect ratio is 16:9. And YouTube supports literally every resolution, 2160p, 1440p, 1080p, 720p, etc.

Solution to Failure in Uploading Video to YouTube

If some video is unable to upload to YouTube, including the supported ones, we can easily convert the video to the best video format for YouTube, such as MP4 H.264, with the preferred frame rate, bitrate and aspect ratio. To do the conversion, a professional YouTube video format converter, like Avdshare Video Converter, is needed. Check the key features of Avdshare Video Converter as follows:

  1. Convert any video format to the best video format for YouTube, MP4 H.264.
  2. Convert any video frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio to YouTube recommended ones as well as convert the video format to MP4 H.264.
  3. Convert any video format to Facebook, Vevo, Yahoo and other video sharing websites preferred video format, codec, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, etc.
  4. Convert any unsupported video to any device, media player or video editing tool supported video formats as well as to the YouTube.
  5. Convert any video format to another one.

Guide on Converting Video to YouTube

Follow the guide below to convert any video format to the best video format for YouTube with the recommended frame rate, aspect ratio, etc.


Make Preparation: Free download YouTube Video Format Converter

Free download the professional YouTube Video Format Converter - Avdshare Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac), install and then launch it, the following interface will pop up.

Step 1 Upload 3GPP file

Click the "Add file" button to easily import the 3GPP file to this YouTube Video Format Converter.



Step 2 Targeted output format setting

Choose MP4 H.264 video as your output format by clicking "Profile" button > "General Video" category.


Step 3 Change video frame rate, bitrate, aspect ration

Click the "Setting…" button>Advanced panel>Video Codec where you can change the video frame rate to the one same as when you record it and change the video aspect ratio to 16:9 and change the video bitrate to 35-45 Mbps for 2160p Standard frame rate video, 53-68 for 2160p High frame rate video, 16 for 1440p Standard frame rate video, 44-56 for 2160p Standard frame rate video, 20 for 1440 p Standard frame rate, etc.


Step 4 Start the conversion

Any video format to the best video format for YouTube will be soon finished after you click the "Convert" button.