You know you’ve done it. You’re part of the YouTube generation and you’ve not only watched videos but uploaded them as well. Once you did that though you realized the quality of your video just sucked. You tried a variety of things and still aren’t happy with the quality.
In the meantime, read through this article and you’ll get some better looking videos in the long run.
Resolution ” YouTube display in a fairly specific resolution and to help their compression utilities get your video up with the minimum of loss of quality you need to match your video up to their resolution. Since they’re using 720p now, which means you should have 1280×720 pixel resolution you need to set your video resolution accordingly. This will cut down on compression time and give you a better idea of what your video will look like in the end. Its not so bad really. The resolution is HD and that means that you can get a real HD experience out of YouTube.
Bit rate ” You’re asking what the heck that is right? Well simply its now much information your video will contain per period of time. Normally this comes up in Kilobits or Megabits per second. Obviously in this regard the higher the better. However if you go too high the video files will far exceed the limitations of YouTube so you need to learn balance Grasshopper. In this case you still want a high number but you don’t want it to be sky high. Somewhere around 6Mbps to 8Mbps is a good range. Then when the video gets to the YouTube compactor it’ll have enough data to retain quality. YouTube can handle up to 1GB of file but only 10 minutes so pay attention to that also.
There are several other factors that you should think about here as well. The Codec, software that encodes your video to a particular format, for YouTube that is .mov or .mp4 so make sure you have it in that. If you don’t you’re going to need a piece of video editing software like QuickTime Pro, Premier, or some other software on the market with multiple file format compatibility. Audio should be set in 44.1KHz Stereo MP3 or AAC format on your video and finally get your frame rate at 30fps or higher to make sure there’s not a lot of jitter and jumps.
Take all of this into account and you’re on your way to some better looking YouTube videos in the near future. Now get out there and get to work!