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How to Upload Long Videos to YouTube?

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Updated on Sep 27, 2023

You can check out this tutorial on how to upload long videos to YouTube below, in which we will show you the detailed steps to break the restriction of YouTube default video upload length. Beyond that, you can try the video compression software to compress large videos for YouTube greatly while keeping high quality:

How Long Can a YouTube Video Be for Uploading?

Some people have encountered YouTube video upload failure due to the exceeded video duration. By default, a user can upload up to 15-minute videos to YouTube on Android, iPhone & iPad, and computer. If you want to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, you need to verify your account. In this way, the maximum file size of a single video you can upload to YouTube can be 128GB or 12 hours (whichever is less). The steps of verifying a YouTube account are slightly different on devices yet easy to operate. Scroll down and browse the details of how to upload long videos to YouTube.

How to Upload Videos Longer Than 15 Minutes on YouTube?

– Verify Your YouTube Account

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Step 1. On a computer, log in to your Google account on a browser and open this link:

Step 2. It will require you to select your country, the way to deliver the verification code, and provide your phone number for sending the code. After filling in these, select Submit.

Step 3. A verification code will be sent to you soon. Enter the code in the blank box of the YouTube verification page and submit it.

Step 4. Now you should be able to post longer videos without the YouTube video length limit of 15 minutes. You can also visit this page to see the verified status: If there is a “Verified” mark under the name, your account has been verified successfully.

Similarly, on the mobile app, you should first upload a video longer than 15 minutes, then find the Next > Verify icon. Select it and follow the instruction to verify your account.

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Now you are able to upload videos over 15 minutes to YouTube. As mentioned above, a verified account still has a maximum file size limit. How long can a YouTube video be after an account verification? If your video is beyond 12 hours or 128GB, you need to turn to a third-party cutter or compressor, which is what we will talk about in the following part.  

How to Upload Long Videos to YouTube Over 128GB or 12 Hours?

If your video is still beyond the maximum limit after verifying your account, compressing the video for uploading to YouTube is the best practice. We highly recommend you utilize WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to convert videos to perfectly meet YouTube video specs, including reducing video file size to cater to YouTube length limit, converting video formats to YouTube well-supported H.264 codec, changing video resolution, modifying the aspect ratio, etc. Meanwhile, it will help you apply post effects to make your YouTube video sparkle, add text annotations, watermarks, subtitles to videos, merge multiple videos into one for uploading, and more. Let’s learn how to upload large videos to YouTube by compression using HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Install the software for preparation.

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Load the Large Video

Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the video compressor on your PC.

Step 1. Import the Long Video

Open HD Video Converter Factory Pro, select Converter on the start-up window, and you will see a new Video converter window. Click on Add Files or directly drag & drop the videos into this window for import.

Choose MP4 for YouTube

Step 2. Choose a Format for YouTube

Click the output format icon on the right side, then select MP4 for YouTube under the Web tab. By default, this profile for YouTube enables you to export the video in MP4 H.264 that is highly recommended by YouTube with smaller size yet high quality.

Compress and Export the Video

Step 3. Compress Video File Size  

Move to the bottom of the window, select the Batch compression setting and drag the slider to the right to compress the video. The higher the compression ratio is, the smaller the file size becomes yet poor the quality is. So you’d better compress the video moderately.
Tips. Go to Parameter Settings to modify the resolution, bitrate, and frame rate for the file compression. You can also split a video into parts in HD Video Converter Factory Pro, and for this aim, select the Trim icon on the tools bar below the source file.

Step 4. Export the Video

Click on the inverted triangle button to select a location to save the exported file. Finally, click on Run to begin the Conversion.

In Summary

We have introduced the tricks on how to upload long videos to YouTube. Now you can follow the instruction so as to share large videos with your audiences. If this tutorial helps you in some ways, we hope you can share it with more friends. Have a nice day!

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