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Unread 5th April 2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

I'm making my first youtube video, and will be using animoto, and ms paint to make the slides. It's experimental, so I don't need top notch stuff to get this done.

What are the dimensions I need to make the slides?

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Default Re: What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

Unless YouTube has changed something with their new layout, the video
dimensions recommended are 640 x 480.

I know they do have wide screen now but 640 x 480 still displays very
well especially if you are doing slide presentation videos.

Smaller than that and the text starts to get a little distorted.

You can go bigger, but then there is the extra size in disk space and load
time and I don't personally feel it's worth it.

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Default Re: What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

YouTube is pretty flexible, and it will fit your video to their player, but for best results they say to do 640x360 for widescreen and 480x360 for 4:3, or square shaped.

Widescreen tends to look a lot better because you don't get the letterboxing (black bars) on the sides.

Steve, if you're looking to reduce file size and load time on videos while maintaining resolution you can look into compressing it with some compression software or lowering the frame rate. Often with something like a screen capture you can get away with 15 frames per second instead of 30 and cut the file size almost in half, without much difference.

From YouTube:
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Best Formats for Uploading
YouTube can accept almost any video format for upload, but for most users we have found the following settings give the best results.

Video Format: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred
Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9)
Resolution: 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) recommended
Audio Format: MP3 or AAC preferred
Frames per second: 30
Maximum length: 10 minutes (we recommend 2-3 minutes)
Maximum file size: 1 GB
Comes from here:
http://www.youtube.com/handbook_popu...nt=bestformats

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Default Re: What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

corrected URL ;-)

YouTube Handbook - Produce

Also see:
File formats : Getting Started - YouTube Help

Optimizing your video uploads : Learn More - YouTube Help

and How to Make 720p High Definition Screencast Videos for YouTube
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Using firebug, it says the player box is
height:385px;
width:640px;

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That does include the controls, and I dont have a screen ruler on my Ubuntu machine, so can't tell you that width.

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Default Re: What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

Just an update for future viewers - the link above is dead. Currently video dimensions etc are at Encoding Do's and Don'ts - YouTube Help

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Default Re: What are the dimensions of a Youtube video?

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I'm making my first youtube video, and will be using animoto, and ms paint to make the slides. It's experimental, so I don't need top notch stuff to get this done.

What are the dimensions I need to make the slides?

-Floyd
Normally 640 x 360 but a little tip. If I am showing a Youtube video via one of my web pages I usually recommend that, should the viewer wish to watch full screen, they should increase the quality by using the small "cog" bottom right of the Youtube window.

If you don't do this the video will appear very grainy and difficult to read.

Hope this helps.

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