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How to Compress Videos for YouTube Upload While Keeping Good Quality

Do you need to compress videos for YouTube?

Do you need to compress videos for YouTube? Certainly. Whenever creators are shooting video content, they tend to shoot it in the best possible mode avaiable, up to 4K at 60 FPS, on their camcorders, GoPro, drones, or mobiles etc. This causes the taken videos to be huge in size, which may exceed the massive size of YouTube video limitations or take hours long for uploading with high bandwidth consumption. Meanwhile, some parameters of your recorded videos like codec, frame rate, bitrate, or resolution may contradicte what YouTube requires. All these will lead to YouTube uploading failure unless you compress videos for YouTube in advance.

To do that, there are a few things that you need to make clear:

Which Is the Best YouTube Video Compressor?

There are a myriad of video compression softwares on the market. Which one should you choose? Online video compressor may come to your mind first to since it's free, easy and handy. Exactly. But in other instances, disadvantages like file size limit, poor output quality and Internet access show that online YouTube compressor is not the best option. You need a video compressor with excellent output quality, compatibility and stability, but no file size and Internet connection limitations instead. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe wins with a few more bells and whistles in the following aspects.

◆ Compress and convert 370+ video formats of any resolutions (4K/8K/HD) and sources (iPhone, Camcorders, video editors) to YouTube;
◆ Tweak video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, codec, aspect ratio to compress video for YouTube uploading;
◆ Trim video length, crop black bars or unwanted parts for YouTube to reduce video file size;
◆ 47x real-time faster conversion speed with the support of Intel/NVIDIA/AMD GPU acceleration, multi-core CPU and Hyper-threading tech.
◆ Utilize de-interlacing engine and high quality engine to ensure the highest possible quality output for YouTube.
◆ Optimized YouTube presets allows novices to compress and convert video to YouTube straightforwardly.

What Video Size Is Best for YouTube?

YouTube has limitations on the size of the video that is being uploaded. Before you take any further step to reduce video file size for YouTube, you’d better know video specs supported by YouTube, including YouTube supported formats, file size, video length, bit rate, resolution, and the likes.

How long can a YouTube video be?
By default, people are allowed to upload up to 15 minutes long. But it is also available to upload longer videos after verifying account to increase limit. (maximum duration: 11 hours)

How big can a YouTube video be?
2GB. But using an up-to-date browser will get you 20GB and increasing your limit will get you 128GB.

What file formats are supported by YouTube?
MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEG-PS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265)

How to Compress Videos for YouTube Upload without Losing Quality?

Now, let's start with compressing video for YouTube. Download and install the video compressor for YouTube on your computer.

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on Windows 10/8/7
Free Download WinX HD Video Converter for Mac on macOS 10.6 or above

Step 1. Load the video(s) you want to compress for YouTube.
You can easily input the video(s) by clicking the "+Video" button, or dragging & dropping the target video(s) to the main interface of WinX compressor.

compress video for YouTube
compress video for YouTube

Step 2. Select the output profile.
From the auto pop-up Output Profile panel, go to "Web Video Profile -> YouTube Video" and select out your desired output format. You are recommended to choose the first one MP4 with H.264/AAC codecs as the result. Then press Ok button.

Notes: As YouTube adds support for HEVC (H.265), you can also go to "General Profiles -> HEVC Video" to select HEVC as output format, which is more effective in compressing video file size.

Step 3. Reduce file size by trimming/cropping or tweaking parameters.
Clicking "Edit" button will enable you to crop off unwanted parts, remove unnecessary clips by trimming, add external subtitles or disable subtitles, etc.

If you want to tweak the video audio parameters settings, for example, bit rate, frame rate, video resolution and aspect ratio, simply click the gear icon. You can refer to the recommended YouTube upload encoding settings to adjust parameters for smallest size yet best quality.

Reduce video size for YouTube
Reduce video size for YouTube

BTW, with all the options applied, namely converting video format/codec, trimming/cropping and adjust video parameters, you're able to compress/reduce 4K video size from 1GB to 100MB without losing quality visually.

Step 4. Specify output folder and begin compressing video for YouTube.
You can click "Browse" to select any folder as you like to store the output. When all settings are finished, just tap "RUN" to get access to the video compression process. In the same way, you can compress video for Whatsapp, Instagram, etc.

After that, you can upload the compressed video to YouTube as instructions.

Video Tutorial: How to Compress Videos for YouTube with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe


Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres is particularly skilled in writing and sharing video-related contents. Her guides cover from deep-seated video/audio parameters, to media entertainment on different platforms. She also enjoys shooting and processing videos by herself for a more reliable basis of informative info with her articles.

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