Supported YouTube formats

YouTube supports a wide variety of the range of video and audio formats in use. You can get a quick overview of what may be an issue with your video’s formatting by taking a look at the warnings and error messages that we communicate to you while you’re uploading your video.

Here is a list of some well-known formats that YouTube supports:

– WebM files – Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codecs
– MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – Typically supporting h264, mpeg4 video codecs, and AAC audio codec
– AVI – Many cameras output this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM
– MPEGPS – Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio
– FLV – Adobe-FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio

Here is a list of some common formats that YouTube does NOT support:

Project files: No project files of any kind are acceptable. It is generally very easy to convert project files to a supported format.
MSWMM and WLMP: You can easily convert these project files to .WMV.
Audio files (MP3, WAV, etc.) and Image files (JPG, PNG, etc.): Convert these files to video slideshows.

YouTube video requirements and recommendations

YouTube accepts video files from most newer digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones in either an .AVI, .MOV, or .MPG file format. According to their site, videos saved with the following settings convert and display the best:

MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
320×240 resolution
MP3 audio
30 FPS

(Note to WVZ Members: Be sure to review the tutorial on how to get the best results when uploading videos to YouTube.)

There is no limit to the number of videos you can upload, but there is a file size limit of 100MB for “Standard” account members.

Videos can be up to 10 minutes long. If you have a Director’s Account, you can upload longer videos. The YouTube Director program is especially for musicians, amateur filmmakers, videobloggers, or professional content producers.

YouTube asks that you not upload “copyrighted, obscene or any other material which violates YouTube’s Terms of Use.”