Here’s how to make you videos on YouTube look better. Sometimes they get discolored or grainy looking.
YouTube’s recommended settings are:
- H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format
- 640×480 (SD) or 1280×720 (HD) for 4:3 & 16:9 aspect ratios.
- Frame rate should be the same as original video
- Sampling rate: 44.1KHz for MP3/AAC audio
Your source video needs to be ideally high resolution. For example: MOV or AVI file, NTSC 720×480, HDV 1080i, 720p or VGA 640×480.
It’s important that you keep an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9, if not the quality of your video will be degraded. Flash 7 codec performs best when the frame width and height use multiples of 16. This is best for video playback.
If you want to fit the player perfectly, encode at these 16:9 resolutions:
You need to get a high quality video encoder. Keep in mind that most video editing programs such as Apple Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker or Sony Vegas, come with an encoding engine so you can export your videos directly from the timeline.
YouTube has updated its technology and now you have the option of watching some videos at a higher quality or in HD 720p Mode. Read YouTube High Definition for more in-depth info.
In Hi-Res Mode, YouTube creates 2 new copies of your video:
- 448×336 pixels, Flash 7 video @ 900Kbps. Audio @ 44.1KHz Mono.
- 480×360 pixels, H.264 video @ 512Kbps. Audio @ 44.1KHz Stereo.