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This page provides the answers of the best Facebook supported video formats and YouTube upload video formats, namely, the most suitable file extensions and video formats supported by YouTube, Facebook and other online website.

Why is YouTube So Popular?

YouTube (owned by Google) is the most popular online video sharing site at present with over 1 billion (1,000,000,000) visitors per month in average. It stays glued to the top spot on the online video uploading sites worldwide. Why is YouTube so hot and more popular than other similar to YouTube sites like Vimeo, Dailymotion, NetFlix, Hulu and Break?

In the first place, video itself is a straightforward way to express something. YouTube goes viral because it was at the right place (MySpace) the right time (at the time when video services came into style) with interesting content (covering all kinds of categories). Besides, it is easy to use and understand, and is helpful for marketing purpose.

What is Facebook?

Similarly, Facebook, a rising free social networking website, had over one billion active users since 2012. It requires users to offer true identity and allows registered users to share videos (as well as photos, URLs) and chat with friends. Besides inter-friend communication, Facebook is a good channel for advertisement. Some companies have reported CTR (Click To Rate) as high as 6.49% for Wall posts on the pages for brands and products and almost half of users who viewed the videos viewed the entire video.

YouTube and Facebook Accepted Video Formats

What are YouTube friendly video types? The formats of videos downloaded from YouTube are MP4, FLV, Webm, etc. Then what video formats are supported and accepted by YouTube and Facebook for uploading and editing?

* YouTube supported video formats and file extensions:
MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), AVI (.avi), MOV (.mov), 3GP (.3gp, .3g2, .3gpp), MKV (.mkv), MPEG (.mpg), WMV (.wmv), SWF (.swf)

* Facebook supported video formats and file extensions:
MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v. mpeg4), MPEG (.mpe, .mpg, .mpeg, .dat), FLV (.flv, .f4v), AVI (.avi), WMV (.wmv), 3GP (.3gp, .3g2, .3gpp), MKV (.mkv), AVCHD (.m2ts/.mts), MOD (.mod), QuickTime video (.mov), DVD video (.vob), TOD (.tod), DIVX (.divx), DV video, OGG (.ogm, .ogv), MPEG Transport Stream (.ts), Nullsoft Video (nsv)

From what have been listed above, we may roughly draw the conclusion that both YouTube and Facebook embrace a wide range of video file formats. However, there are many other factors we have to take into consideration, say, file size, video quality loss and compatibility with players.

To sum up, MP4 overlaps all the advantages with small file size, high compression rate (for high quality) and popularity. MP4 includes two video Codecs, namely, MPEG4 and H.264, which are both widely supported, together with AAC (2 Channel - 8 Channel) and MP3 as audio Codec. So it is the most recommended YouTube and Facebook upload video format.

How to convert: AVI to MP4, FLV to MP4, WMV to MP4, MKV to MP4, MPEG to MP4, MOV to MP4

Requirements of Uploading Music/Video to YouTube

Besides upload video formats, YouTube also has very strict requirements for music, video and movie uploading, in terms of file size, duration, resolution, codec, frame rate and bitrate.

Duration: YouTube limits the length of a video file to 15 minutes. It means a user can only upload a video of 15 minutes at most.

File size: Only a 2GB video file can be uploaded from YouTube webpage, but 20GB is allowed when an up-to-date browser is used.

Resolution: 4:3 (640 x 480) or 16:9 (1280 x 720). When the video is uploaded to the site, YouTube will make it 16:9 or add vertical black bars (for 4:3). So, please remember not to add horizontal black bars before uploading a video. How to change 4:3 to 16:9 >>

Deinterlacing: Although Videos either in progressive scanning or interlaced scanning mode can be uploaded, YouTube suggests turning interlaced videos to deinterlaced before uploading for the best video quality. Therefore, progressive scanning is needed for video uploading.

Frame rate: Keeping original video frame rate is preferred. And 25-30 fps is recommended.

Bitrate: Bitrate is different from screen resolution and is highly related to video codec. Actually, it is less important than other factors to consider before YouTube uploading. YouTube experimented with Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH), which is an adaptive bit-rate HTTP-based streaming solution optimizing the bitrate and quality for the available network.

Requirements on Facebook Video Uploading

Codec: The best codec to upload a video to Facebook is H.264 (in MP4 or MOV video formats) with AAC audio.

Aspect Ratio and Resolution: Facebook limits the aspect ratio of a video to be in the range of 9x16 to 16x9. The higher the resolution is, the larger the file size will be. So please learn to control the resolution. Facebook recommends an aspect ratio of less than 1280px in wideth and divisible by 16px.

Frame rate: Identical to the case on YouTube, 25-30 fps is also considered as the best Frame rate range for Facebook.

In most cases, when a video is added to Facebbok, it takes a lot of time to complete the task because the file needs to be encoded (from one format to another). But if we use a proper video converter to convert our video to Facebook supported video formats, it will not always be the case!

The Most Recommended and Used Video Converter for Video Uploading

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is the most recommended and used video converter for video uploading on Windows PC. It saves trouble of YouTube and Facebook users in video uploading so that they do not have to worry about the video format, codec, resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate issues, since this HD video converter has built in profiles of YouTube and Facebook upload video formats.

It helps convert HD camcorder recorded videos, Blu-ray videos, DVD videos and any other videos, such as MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, MPEG, VOB, MOD, TOD, 3GP, ASF to YouTube or Facebook supported videos. The developer has selected the best video formats and created the best profiles for anyone in need of uploading videos to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and other general websites. (Note: please scroll down the almost lowest part to find the "Web Video Profile".)

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WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can also download online videos from YouTube and convert it directly.

Attention: We do not advocate illegal use of YouTube videos and suggest you respect the copy right of the contributors.

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