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Can't Upload MOV Video File to YouTube? Here's the Solution

Sometimes you can't upload a video in MOV format, only get an "invalid file format" error message when you try uploading their MOV files to YouTube. Why and what should you do to let YouTube upload MOV files successfully? If you have the same problem and want to fix it, check this post.

Why won't MOV upload to YouTube?

YouTube supported formats include:

.MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265)

As you can see, MOV is one of supported YouTube file formats, but not all MOV videos can be uploaded to YouTube successfully. How could this happen? This is because your MOV video could be encoded with video audio codecs that YouTube doesn't accept, or the MOV videos are in 4K or HD resolutions that are hard to upload. In this case, you can use a video converter to transcode MOV to MP4 (H.264+AAC) or other YouTube compatible formats.

Convert MOV Files for Easily Uploading to YouTube

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe will be the best YouTube MOV converter for you.

  • It will convert all 4K/2.7K/1080P/720P HD MOV video files for YouTube, including MOV recorded by Apple iPhone, iPad, DSLR camera, DJI Drone, and more, or exported from Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or some other software, or downloaded online.
  • It supports Intel QSV and Nvidia CUDA/NVENC hardware acceleration to boost video processing speed.
  • And, it outputs high quality video.
  • In addition, it can convert other file formats, such as MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, H.264, HEVC, MPG, MTS, and AVCHD.
  • It also acts as a video/vlog editor to trim, crop and merge videos/vlogs, a video downloader to save videos from 1000+ sites, and a photo slideshow maker to create slideshow video with desired background music.

Now free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to have a try!

How to Convert MOV to YouTube Compatible Format?

First of all, click the download button above to get the setup file of WinX HD Video Converter and install it following the wizard. After you finish the installation, you only need to perform 3 simple steps as below.

Step 1. Load the MOV file to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.
You can simply drag and drop the target MOV file to the interface of the converter or click the "+ Video" button to browse and import it. Tips: you can import multiple files to process them in batch.

Convert MOV to YouTube

Step 2. Select an output format that YouTube accepts.
To make things easier, WinX HD Video Converter is designed with 3 YouTube video profiles. In the Output Profile panel, simply go to "Web Video Profile", select "YouTube Video", and choose a desired profile. The recommended profile is MP4 with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec.

If you want to adjust video audio parameters, such as resolution, bit rate, and frame rate, please click the gear-shaped setting button.

Step 3. Start conversion.
Click the blue "RUN" button and the MOV to YouTube conversion will begin.

Once done, you can upload the converted MOV file to YouTube following those steps: open YouTube website on your web browser -> click "Upload" at the top right corner -> click "Select Files to Upload" button to choose the new file you just get -> fill in video information like title and description -> press "Publish", then your converted MOV video will be successfully uploaded to YouTube.

Video Tutorial on How to Convert MOV to YouTube Compatible MP4 Format for Uploading


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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