YouTube Video Quality Bad after Upload? Here’s the Fix

YouTube video quality bad after upload? You are not the only one who suffers from this. The truth is, YouTube might have much to do with the low-quality uploads. I will explain why in the following article and show you how to get better quality on YouTube with a good video enhancer. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Why is My YouTube Video Quality Bad after Upload?

1. YouTube does not like the video encoding settings

2. YouTube re-encodes the video with the AVC1 codec

How to Get Better Quality on YouTube?

The video quality means a lot to YouTube content creators. Nobody wants his videos to look fuzzy and blurry to their audience. But that’s the case many YouTubers are facing right now. The 1080P video could look like a 720P video or even worse after being uploaded on YouTube. “Why is my YouTube video low quality?” they wonder. Well, various reasons can make YouTube upload low quality, such as a poor internet connection. But the biggest culprit could be YouTube itself. Read on the following parts to know the detailed reasons and fixes to it.

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Why is My YouTube Video Quality Bad after Upload?

Tips: If you just uploaded your video to YouTube and you see the video is only in 360p, this is probably because the higher resolution video is still in process. Give it more time to finish the process, and you should see the full quality video in several hours to a day depending on the size of the video. If the quality still looks bad, check the causes below.

The short answer is, YouTube degrades video quality all the time. And for some kinds of videos, the quality loss is more severe.

Many people don’t know but, YouTube does its own compression. It will re-encode and re-compress every video uploaded, which will lead to quality drop no matter what you do. The only difference is that some videos get to have a minimal quality loss that is almost indiscernible to the eye, while some others will have to bear more damage to the video quality. For the latter kind of videos, YouTube makes the video quality bad because

1. YouTube does not like the video encoding settings;

YouTube supports a lot of video formats and codecs. But it has its preferred video specs for uploading. And it’s wise for you to comply with the YouTube standards, or you might suffer from low-quality YouTube upload.

The recommended upload encoding settings for your videos:

  • Container: MP4
  • Audio codec: AAC-LC
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Frame rate: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60 frames per second (other frame rates are also acceptable). No interfacing.
  • Bitrate: 35 – 85 Mbps for 4K; 16 – 30 Mbps for 2K; 8 – 15 Mbps for 1080p.
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9

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2. YouTube re-encodes the video with the AVC1 codec.

Most high-resolution videos you see on YouTube use the VP9 codec. The other low-resolution videos, however, use AVC1 (aka. H264) instead. Yet, VP9 is a much efficient encoder than AVC1. The video encoded by VP9 has a better and clearer image quality than that by AVC1. However, YouTube only uses the VP9 codec for 4K videos, 2K videos at 30 - 60fps, and 1080p60fps videos (There’s also a theory that YouTube will use the VP9 encoder for videos by big channels). If your video does not meet these demands, it will be encoded with the AVC1 codec and uploaded in bad quality.

Note: YouTube also uses AV1 (or AV01), a codec more advanced than VP9, to encode videos. But this codec is mainly used on popular videos now, and it is still unclear how to force YouTube to use this codec on your video. However, you can enable YouTube AV1 when you stream a video.

How to check the codec: Right-click on the playing video > Stats for nerds.

These two causes are the main reasons why your YouTube video quality bad after upload. Fix to the problem is simple. You only have to make sure your video uses the best YouTube video specs for uploading and force YouTube to always use the VP9 codec for your video. Look at the next part for more details.

How to Get Better Quality on YouTube?

To upload better quality videos on YouTube, the idea is to get your video in the most YouTube-friendly format and make YouTube use the VP9 codec for the video. More specifically, you will convert your video according to the YouTube uploading standards and further upscale the video quality to 1080p60fps, 2K at 30 – 60fps, or 4K. It seems like demanding work, but it can be easily done with a powerful converter called HD Video Converter Factory Pro, a safe and easy-to-use program that offers a one-stop solution to convert any video to a YouTube preset and upscale it to up to 4K resolution. The tutorial below shows you how to fix video for YouTube uploads in detail.

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Step 1. Import Video

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter. Click + Add Files to load the needed video. You can also drag and drop the video file into the program directly.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click the right-side format image to open the output format library. Under the Web section, select MP4 for YouTube as the output format.

Step 3. Use the Best Video Specs for YouTube Uploading

Under the format image, open the Parameter settings. Double-check the video and audio codecs, aspect ratio, etc., and see whether these parameters match the YouTube encoding settings. Next, change Resolution to a higher one, alter the Bit rate, ad convert the Frame rate if necessary.

Step 4. Start Conversion

Click the bottom triangle to set an output path or leave it as default. When everything is ready, click Run to start the conversion.


That’s all for why YouTube video quality bad after upload and how to make YouTube videos better quality. If you got better solutions or have any doubts, please feel free to share with me via Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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