Software Tips & Tutorials

Home > Resource > Best YouTube Size

The Best Size for YouTube Video Uploading

Best Video Resolution Size and File Size That Can Work Well for YouTube

I have a camera that records good quality but the output size has black bars at the sides when I upload videos to youtube. Is there a way to rescale the size or ratio to 1920x1080? – Yahoo Answers

I'm trying to upload a video of me on YouTube. I took the video on my iPhone and I didn't realize the screen wasn't formatted to fit normal size on Youtube. Now I have these ugly black bars on the sides of my video. I want to get rid of them it looks unprofessional with black bars... Help Please! – Yahoo Answers

Countless similar questions can be found on the internet. In view of this, many people have no idea about the best YouTube size to avoid black bars. But luckily, you can find answers in this article which will focus on the best video size and size limit for YouTube video uploading, and introduce a program to convert video to the best video size for YouTube. >> Check how to edit your videos to fit for YouTube

change youtube video size

Change file size and frame size of your video with the tool below

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe (All-in-one editor, compressor and converter)

* Crop the frame size or black bars of a video image, cut off unwanted area of a video.
* Trim off some video segment if the video surpasses YouTube supported file size.
* Change video aspect ratio from 4:3 or other ratios to 16:9 to fit for YouTube player.
* Convert any videos to YouTube supported file formats easily.

Best Video Size for YouTube Uploading

Millions of people around the world register on YouTube out of watching versatile videos, sharing favorite videos with friends and also uploading self-made videos to YouTube. Uploaded videos could involve travel recording, product introduction, how-to guide, promotional tour, etc. However, not all videos you upload to YouTube can deliver satisfactory viewing experience. Uploaded videos may always end up with black bars on the sides or low video quality. To rectify things like these, you need to figure out the best YouTube size.

When uploading video to YouTube, it's necessary to check ahead if your video size matches with the requirements of YouTube video uploading.

1. Video File size for YouTube
According to the rule, video file size is limited to 2GB for YouTube uploading. But size larger than 20GB is allowed by using an up-to-date browser. And the maximum is 128GB.

2. Best video frame size for YouTube
Video frame size refers to video resolution. Since YouTube applies 16:9 aspect ratio players, uploading a 16:9 video file could be the best choice. The following resolution plans are the frequently-used ones.

▶ 240p: 426x240
▶ 360p: 640x360
▶ 480p: 854x480
▶ 720p: 1280x720

▶ 1080p: 1920x1080
▶ 1440p (2k): 2560x1440
▶ 2160p (4k): 3840 x 2160

Above are the best YouTube video size dimensions for uploading. For those video files in 4:3 aspect ratio, YouTube player will automatically display videos with pillar boxes or letter boxes to play videos properly. This is why some YouTube users will find black bars on the sides of YouTube video. To fit for the YouTube player, make sure to set the aspect ratio to 16:9 when recording videos.

Change Aspect Ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 to Avoid Black Bars

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a nice YouTube video editor and converter, capable of changing aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9, changing video resolution, cropping videos, trimming videos, merging videos into one to upload a video perfectly fit for YouTube.
Plus, it has premade profiles for YouTube, thus you can convert any videos to YouTube supported videos directly.

Other Tips to Export High Quality YouTube Video

To output high quality YouTube video, setting ideal resolution size isn't the only priority. Other encoding settings are not supposed to be ignored, including video format, bitrates, codecs, etc.

Recommended video format: MP4
Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1 Sample rate: 96khz or 48 khz)
Video Codec: H.264
Frame rates: It is recommended to make frame rates match the source material. YouTube supports up to 60 frames per second.
Bitrates: Compared with other settings, bitrate is less important. For advanced users, you can refer to the table below.

Standard quality uploads High quality uploads
Type Video Bitrate Mono Audio Bitrate Stereo Audio Bitrate 5.1 Audio Bitrate Video Bitrate Mono Audio Bitrate Stereo Audio Bitrate 5.1 Audio Bitrate
2160p 35-45 Mbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps
1440p 10 Mbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps
1080p 8,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 5,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps
720p 5,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 3,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps
480p 2,500 kbps 64 kbps 128 kbps 196 kbps 15,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps
360p 1,000 kbps 64 kbps 128 kbps 196 kbps 5,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps

HOT Searches: All-in-one YouTube Downloader and Converter, Free YouTube Downloader, Upload DVD to YouTube, Compress Videos for YouTube Upload

How to Convert Videos to Best YouTube Video Size?

The videos we attempt to upload to YouTube could be shot by mobile phones, tablets, cameras, webcam or ripped from DVD. Thus, output resolution size could be inconsistent with the best YouTube size suggested by YouTube. To get better result, you'd better change video size to the best YouTube dimension and set video audio parameters to fit for YouTube before uploading. Here's a professional YouTube video editor and converter – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe which enables users to convert videos directly to YouTube compatible resolution size and format, crop/trim/merge video, and set audio video parameters including video resolution, aspect ratio, video audio codec, frame rate, sample rate and bit rate.

Convert to the Best YouTube Size

With this tool, you can directly convert video to YouTube in four simple steps only, thanks to the preset profiles for YouTube.

Step 1. Load video by clicking + Video.

Step 2. Choose output profile under the directory Output Profile > Web Video Profile > YouTube Video > MPEG4, MP4 or FLV. MP4 is recommended.

To modify the video size for YouTube, you can hit Edit button to trim, crop, and press gear icon to change aspect ratio, resolution, frame rate, video audio codec, etc.

Step 3. Set destination folder to store the converted videos.

Step 4. Hit RUN to begin converting videos to YouTube best video size for later uploading.

Besides working as YouTube video editor and converter to get best resolution/file size for YouTube, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is capable of converting video to iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 Plus/5S, iPad Air/Pro/mini, Sony PSP/Xperia, Microsoft WP8, Samsung Galaxy series and other mainstream devices.

If you need to convert any SD/HD and even 4K UHD/8K videos to the best video size for YouTube uploading or set the audio video parameters, please turn to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. Besides, it is an easy-to-use HD video converter, free online video downloader supporting 300+ sites (YouTube included), a photo slideshow maker, etc.


  • No.1 fast DVD ripper software in the world.
  • Rip DVDs to AVI, MP4, ISO, iPhone, iPad, etc.
  • Convert videos to any video/device formats.
  • Download online videos from 300+ sites.
  • Transfer and manage files for iPhone iPad iPod.
  • Support photos, music, videos, iBook, ringtone.

Please feel free to share this tutorial if you think it is helpful!

Search more video audio solutions and guides:

Note: The names of other companies, products and services are the property of their respective owners. Any logo, trademark and image relating to other companies that may be contained wherein are applied in the internet and are not used for commercial use. Digiarty's Software is not developed by or affiliated with such companies.