2021 Best Video Size Dimensions for Uploading to 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 (resolution, aspect ratio) for YouTube.
Jump to the part you need if time is limited:
- Part 1: Best Video Dimensions, Resolution, Aspect Ratio for YouTube Uploading
- Part 2: How to Change Aspect Ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 to Avoid Black Bars
- Part 3: YouTube Tips & Tricks: How to Export YouTube Video in High Quality
Adjust Video Scale, Resolution, Frame Size Before YTB Uploading
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe (All-in-one video editor, compressor and converter)
* Crop the frame size or black bars of a video image, cut off unwanted clips from a video.
* Trim off some video segments if the video surpasses YouTube supported file size.
* Split a large/long video to smaller parts for uploading to YouTube.
* Adjust resolution 4K to 1080p, and change video aspect ratio from 4:3, 1:1, 9:16 to 16:9 to fit for YouTube player.
* Convert any videos to YouTube supported file formats and formats with higher compression efficiency like VP9, VP8, H265, AV1...
Best Video Dimensions, Resolution, Aspect Ratio 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 or vlogs 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. 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.
Recommended dimensions for YouTube:
240p: 426x240, 360p: 640x360, 480p: 854x480, 720p: 1280x720
1080p: 1920x1080, 1440p (2K): 2560x1440, 2160p (4K): 3840 x 2160
2. Recommended 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.
3. YouTube Video Length Limit 2020-2021
Before you verify your YouTube channel or your Google account, the maximum YouTube video length is 15 minutes. To upload longer video to YouTube, verify one of the accounts you have. So far, the maximum file size you're allowed is 12 hours.
For YouTube ads videos, the uttermost length of skippable video is 12 hours (non-skippable until 5 seconds later); non-skippable video length max is 15 or 20 seconds (in some areas, it goes up to 30 seconds); the length for mid-roll video is much more flexible, at least 30 seconds and the length of pre-roll video is 6 seconds maximumly. Apply one YouTube video editor to cut YouTube video length if your video designed for ads is too long to upload.
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.
How to Change Aspect Ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 to Avoid Black Bars
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is your silver bullet, letting you change YouTube ratio size from 4:3 to 16:9 to avoid black bars in video, customize video resolution (upscale or downscale), crop video to amplify the highlight, trim video to shorten length, merge clips into one, split video footage and more, so as to upload a video perfectly fit for YouTube, friendly to both desktop and mobile viewers.
Plus, it has premade profiles for YouTube, thus you can convert any videos to YouTube supported videos directly. Free video downloading is also supported from YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, Break, etc. 1000+ video sites!
How to Process Videos to Best Video Size Dimensions for YouTube?
Step 1. Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, and choose Video. Next, load video by clicking + Video.
Step 2. Choose output profile: go to Target Format, scroll down to YouTube Video, and then choose MP4 or FLV. MP4 is recommended.
Step 3. Modify the video size for YouTube using the following ways: click Cut to delete unwanted segments: click Crop to remove unwanted area, such as letterbox; hit Codec Option button to change aspect ratio, resolution, frame rate, video audio codec, etc; go to Toolbox tab, click Split, and then divide the video into smaller parts for further uploading.
Step 4. Set Output Folder to store the converted and edited videos. 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, iPad, Samsung Galaxy series and other mainstream devices.
YouTube Tips & Tricks: How to Export YouTube Video in High Quality
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 tables below.
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|
|720p||5,000 kbps||128 kbps||384 kbps||512 kbps|
|480p||2,500 kbps||64 kbps||128 kbps||196 kbps|
|360p||1,000 kbps||64 kbps||128 kbps||196 kbps|
High Quality Uploads
Mono Audio Bitrate
Stereo Audio Bitrate
5.1 Audio Bitrate
|1080p||5,000 kbps||128 kbps||384 kbps||512 kbps|
|720p||3,000 kbps||128 kbps||384 kbps||512 kbps|
|480p||15,000 kbps||128 kbps||384 kbps||512 kbps|
|360p||5,000 kbps||128 kbps||384 kbps||512 kbps|
Sum-up: each social media platform has specific sizes and specs. If you want to know more video size, resolution and aspect ratio requirements for Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc., check the below how-to guides or go here to find the complete guide.