How To Upload Videos to YouTube
May 18, 2020• Proven solutions
There are some important things to keep in mind when you upload videos to YouTube. Clicking the ‘upload’ button is easy, but during the upload process there are things you can do to help your video get views and maintain its quality. You should also keep an eye on length and file size limits.
The more basic things you need to consider carefully when you upload are the title, description, and tags of your video. These are part of what determines if and where your video comes up in people’s search results. There are also slightly more advanced video specs, like your video’s resolution, which it will be helpful for you to understand as somebody who will be producing video content frequently. These sorts of specs will affect how long it takes your videos to upload and how much of their quality they maintain.
How To Upload Videos to YouTube
1. How Long Can my Video Be?
By default, your YouTube videos can only be 15 minutes long. You can post longer videos by going to the upload page and clicking on ‘Increase your Limit’ at the bottom. After you have followed the steps to verify your account you will be able to post videos that are a maximum of 11 hours long.
2. How Big a File Can I Upload?
Your file size capped at 20GB, initially. If you follow the same steps for posting videos longer than 15 minutes then you can also increase your maximum file size to 128GB.
3. Other Basics
After you click the ‘upload’ button on YouTube you are taken to a page where you choose a category for your video and add a title, description, and tags. These are all important for getting hits so you should put some thought into them.
Title: Keep your title under 70 characters so none of it disappears into a ‘…’. The best titles make people curious or elicit an emotional response. Terms like ‘video’, ‘how to’, and ‘tutorial’ are often typed into people’s searches so if they apply to your video it can help to put them in the title.
Description: A short synopsis of your video which includes your most important keyword. You have about three lines before your text is hidden by a ‘show more’ tab. If you are including the url of your channel or other videos then you should make sure they are above the ‘show more’.
Tags: Use a lot of them. These are the keywords and terms people will be searching when they find your video. YouTube will suggest some after you start adding. A quick way to find good keywords to use is to search for videos similar to yours and check out their tags. A while ago YouTube started hiding video tags by default but you can download a free, YouTube certified, extension for Google Chrome which will allow you to see them from vidIQ.com.
4. Digging Deeper
To get your viewers to subscribe to your channel you will need to make sure your videos are not losing quality when you upload them. Here are some things to be aware of if you want your videos to look great on YouTube.
Resolution: the amount of pixels in your image. For example when a video has a resolution of 1080p that means it has a grid of pixels that is 1920 x 1080. The more pixels you have the sharper your image.
Bitrate: Bitrate is a measurement of how compressed your file is, and the less compressed it is the more information there is per frame. Higher bitrates mean larger file sizes.
Your resolution and bitrate should complement each other. If you have a higher bitrate than is needed for your video’s resolution your file will be unnecessarily large. If your bitrate is too low for your resolution than you will not see the quality you expect.
YouTube has a list of recommended resolutions and bitrates at support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171.
Aspect Ratio: the dimensions of your video, in terms of width and height. YouTube’s aspect ratio is 16:9, so your videos should also be 16:9. If they are not then you will get black bars on either side of your video after you upload it. The most common way that people end up with the wrong aspect ratio is by creating videos on their smartphones and holding them up-and-down instead of sideways.