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How to Upload 4K Videos to YouTube Successfully?

Author by Michelle

Aug 5th, 2020

Whether it is to monetize your video or merely adding the fun to the audience, the adoption of 4K resolution will most likely deliver you a pleasing result. And more people are now recording their video in 4K and trying to upload it to YouTube in original quality. Yet to secure smooth uploading, there are several things to go through before uploading 4K to YouTube. Follow this article to figure out these things and learn how to upload 4K videos to YouTube successfully.

The tool needed to make preparations is provided below:

Part 1. Can You Upload 4K to YouTube?

Upload 4K Video to YouTube

Yes, you can. YouTube has been supporting 4K video uploads since 2010 and in recent years, a growing number of people are choosing to publish their content on YouTube in 4K. The evolving algorithm of YouTube uploading has made 4K uploading much easier now as well. Yet there are still some requirements for uploading high-quality videos to YouTube. You have to first fit your video into the best YouTube video specs for upcoming uploading.

Also read: How to Upload YouTube Videos Faster | How to Shorten a YouTube Video | Can We Upload H.265 Videos to YouTube | Upload Long Videos to YouTube | Fix YouTube Videos Lagging

Part 2. Recommended Settings for YouTube 4K Uploading

Uploading 4K to YouTube without quality loss, you have to ensure the video is in the best position for uploading, which means, you have to set the video parameters by YouTube's recommendations. The following section is the official recommended encoding settings for YouTube 4K video uploading:



Video Codec

Progressive scan (no interlacing, see how to deinterlace)
Variable bitrate

Audio Codec

Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
Sample rate: 96khz or 48khz

Frame Rate

Keep the original frame rate as it was recorded when uploading

Aspect Ratio

16 : 9

Video Bitrates for SDR Uploads
2160p (4K)

Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate (24, 25, 30): 35-45 Mbps
Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate (48, 50, 60): 53-68 Mbps

Video Bitrates for HDR Uploads
2160p (4K)

Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate (24, 25, 30): 44-56 Mbps
Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate (48, 50, 60): 66-85 Mbps

Audio Bitrates for Uploads

Mono: 128 kbps
Stereo: 384 kbps
5.1: 512 kbps

Note: To view new 4K uploads in 4K, use a browser or device that supports VP9.

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Part 3. How to Upload 4K Videos to YouTube?

Preparation: Alter the 4K Video Parameters to the Recommended Encoding Settings

As it has been mentioned before, a video in the best setting would promise easy uploading. So before uploading, there are some edits to make in the 4K video parameters. The tool to help to reach the best possible result is WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro which provides you ready-made YouTube modules for video fast converting and later fluent uploading. Yet, you can also set the video specs manually in the settings. Besides offering you the shortcut to YouTube specs, it allows you to download Hi-Res audio and 1080P/4K/8K videos from 300+ websites, edit and resize videos, make GIFs, and record screen as well. 

Below is the detail of how to alter the 4K video to match the recommended encoding settings:

How to Upload 4K to YouTube - Import

Step 1. Import Your 4K Video into Video Converter

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software.

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open “Converter”. In the new workspace, click on “+ Add Files” or directly drag and drop the video into the program.

How to Upload 4K to YouTube - Choose Settings

Step 2. Choose the Best YouTube Settings

On the right side of the interface, click on the format icon and navigate to “Web” under the “Select Format” section and further pick YouTube in MP4 underneath or you can choose other formats under the corresponding section. Then below the format icon, hit “Parameter setting” to change the parameters to the YouTube recommended settings, if you are not certain how to choose, then keep that parameter as “Smart Fit” and let the program to do the heavy lifting for you. When you finished the setting, click “OK” to save the adjustments.

How to Upload 4K to YouTube - Start Conversion

Step 3. Output the YouTube-friendly 4K Video

When all is set, hit “Run” to start conversion. Then you’ll be ready to upload 4K video to YouTube.

Uploading: Detailed Process to Upload 4K Video to YouTube

How to Upload 4K Videos to YouTube

1.Open YouTube and sign in your account. On the top right corner, click on the camera icon to select “Upload Video”. Then follow the prompts to start uploading your just converted 4K video.

2.While the video is still uploading, you can fill out the basic info (title, description, thumbnail, playlists, audience, and age restriction) of your video in the “Details” section. And at the bottom of the “Details” page, select “MORE OPTIONS” and follow the instructions to choose your advanced settings. When you complete, click “Next” to go to video elements.

3.In the video elements page, you can use cards and an end screen to show viewers related videos, websites, and calls to action. (This process is only available after your video is done processing). Then click “Next” to go to the “Visibility” page.

4.In the visibility page, choose the publish time and the privacy setting of your video and don’t forget to preview your changes and make sure they follow YouTube policies before finishing. When all is ready, click “save” to publish your video.

Note: For more specific information, please refer to:

Part 4. Fix Errors That Might Occur During Uploading

1. Video Upload Stuck

This is mainly because of the wrong video format. You should go back and check whether your video settings are supported by YouTube and improve the settings according to YouTube's recommended settings. If this doesn't solve your issue, please see more solutions at YouTube video stuck on processing.

2. Video Rejected

Oftentimes problems occur if you're uploading a video in the wrong format. The supported file type are: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, and HEVC (h265).

3. 4K Videos Stuck in 360P after Uploading

This is because YouTube will first process your video in low resolution to accelerate the uploading process. While higher resolutions like 4K can take several hours to process depending on the video format, length, frame rate, and resolution. If you want others to view your content in original quality when you publish, you could first upload your video as unlisted or private and wait for the high-resolution process to be completed and then make it public.

Note: For more common uploading errors fixes, please refer to:

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