How to Upload a Video to YouTube

Lois Green, Saturday, July 25, 2020

Updated: July 25, 2020

You may have recorded a lot of funny videos and want to share them online. Uploading these videos to YouTube is one of the best ways. Though it's mostly a simple operation, it is not everyone can do it successfully. You may receive an "invalid file format error message when you're uploading" messages or you may found there are black bars at the sides when you upload videos to YouTube.

This guide provides a walkthrough to help you sign up for a YouTube account and upload your first video.

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Part 1: What Video Formats Does YouTube Accept

YouTube accepts the following formats:

• MOV (QuickTime Movie)

• MP4 (Motion Picture Experts Group Part 14)

• FLV (Adobe Flash)

• AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)

• WMV (Windows Media Video) • 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)

• MPEG4 (Motion Picture Experts Group)

• MPEG-PS (Motion Picture Experts Group) • WebM (HTML5)

Part 2: Best Youtube Video Size/Resolution/Dimensions

YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed with black bars on the left and right or at the top and bottom. If you want to fit the player perfectly, encode at these resolutions:

• 2160p (4K): 3840x2160 (16:9)

• 1440p (2K): 2560x1440 (16:9)

• 1080p: 1920x1080 (16:9)

• 720p: 1280x720 (16:9)

• 480p: 854x480 (16:9)

• 360p: 640x360 (16:9)

• 240p: 426x240 (16:9)

Part 3: How to Upload a Video to YouTube from Computer

1. Convert video to the format YouTube accepts

You can download FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window) and use it to convert videos to MP4, AVI, 3GP, MOV, FLV, WMV, etc. Please run the program on your computer, upload the video you need to convert, choose the output format, and click "Convert All to".

Main Interface of Video Converter

2. Change YouTube video resolution size

Find "Setting" at the bottom of the FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (opens new window) interface. Then, choose the video resolution and change the Aspect Ration to 16:9. Click "Convert All" to get the video you need.

Change YouTube Video Resolution Size

3. Sign in to YouTube

Go to YouTube (opens new window) and sign in to YouTube. Then, click the "Upload" button in the upper-right corner of the home page (and most other YouTube pages).

Tips: Before you start uploading the video you can choose the video privacy settings (opens new window).

4. Select the video to upload

Select the video you'd like to upload from your computer. Then, enter the title, description, video category, and tags.

Select and Upload Videos to Youtube

5. Publish video

Click "Publish" to finish uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to Private or Unlisted, just click "Done" to finish the upload or click "Share" to privately share your video.

The total guide on how to upload a video to Youtube is complete now. If you have any problem with it, please drop us a comment below!

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