size of youtube video

Since its inception, YouTube has become the video streaming platform for a multitude of content. After all, its original tagline of “broadcast yourself” gave people the freedom to express themselves whether if it’s a video promoting a brand, music, film, or something educational.

Want to learn how to do this or do that? Where do we go? YouTube! One important aspect to upload and broadcast your videos effectively is to know the video requirements. Things like aspect ratio, resolution, and file size should be taken into consideration whether you have blazing fast internet or not for uploading purposes.

So we’re here to discuss all things necessary about your YouTube video. What’s the ideal size of YouTube video? Let’s find that out and a few important things in between.

Uploading to YouTube

Each social medial or streaming platform will have its own specific rules and criteria for your video uploads. YouTube does not really have rigid rules that you need to follow but to take full advantage of it then you should know a few of these basic settings.

The first thing that you need to be familiar with is the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is the video property that determines the dimensions of your content. 16:9, 4:3, 9:16, have you seen these figures around? Sure you’ve had, because if you edit your own videos then you may have chosen one of these on your editor.

Simply put, it is 16:9 or the standard aspect ratio that’s ideal for YouTube since it is ideal for a lot of screens or devices. 4:3 or 9:16 that’s for vertical video or for mostly videos taken using a smartphone will then be automatically pillarboxed on the sides.

The pillarbox is meant to automatically fit your video into the screen. Ideally, you may want to prevent this for your videos to look better and their potential maximized. The resolution is one other aspect you need to be wary of if you’re talking about the size of a YouTube video.

Your video resolution basically determines the clarity of your content. It’s measured in pixels and so if you’ve seen the figures 360p, 480p, 720p, or 1080p on the lower bar of YouTube videos then that determines the number of pixels you want to watch it with.

What’s the point of having great content but if the video quality or say the sound quality is incomprehensible, right? So do make sure that you upload your videos with the optimal resolution based on how you captured them.

Together, the aspect ratio and resolution work hand in hand to make your content on YouTube watchable. But, we’re not done just yet. Here are a few more aspects you need to be familiar with about the size of a YouTube video.

Other Guidelines

Let’s talk about dimensions, file size, video format, and length up next.


The dimension of your video is what’ going to hold everything together. Your 480p video would then be presented at an 845 x 480 dimension, 720p at 1280 x 720, and 1080p shown at 1920 x 1080 dimension. The other videos with their own resolution follow suit.

Your YouTube video will have a minimum dimension of 426 x 240 for 240p videos and a maximum of 3840 x 2160 for 4K ultra-high definition videos. The larger the dimension the more suitable it is for larger screens with optimum clarity.

Here’s a complete list:

2160p 4K
1440p 2K
YouTube maximum HD video resolution
1280×720720pYouTube minimum HD video resolution
Standard definition
Standard website resolution
426×240240pMinimum video size for YouTube

File Size and Length

Now, the file size. This is where most have problems with uploading their video content on YouTube is you don’t have the speed necessary. Basically, this entails the waiting game for those who have less than ideal internet connection but for those who’s got blazing fast speeds then this shouldn’t be an issue.

Anyway, YouTube will accept a maximum of 128GB of file size for your video at the maximum length of 12 hours.

Video Format

Video format determines the type of file that you rendered your video content with from your video editor. Some of the popular video editors are – Filmora X, Filmora Pro, Movavi, Camtasia etc. YouTube accepts a bunch of file formats from the widely used MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, mpegps, webM, or even the low-quality 3GPP.

BONUS FACT: What is a frame rate?

When you’re shooting a video you’re actually recording a series of pictures and it gives you an illusion that the images are moving. The frame rate is what determines the number of single frames or images per second that your camera or phone takes.

This determines the smoothness of your video and it comes in 24, 25, 30, 60, and even 120 fps or frames per second options. 24 fps is what’s used for the movies and 120 fps is considered a high frame rate meant to be utilized if you want to apply some slow-mo effects on your clips later on. Choose your frame rate accordingly!

What about the ads?

All right, aside from the actual content, YouTube is full of brands showcasing their products or services through ads. These are the videos we tend to skip while waiting for the actual content we intend to watch.

Now, not most of you here might only be content creators or YouTubers but also looking to get some info about making ads for YouTube. So, here are a few guidelines.

You first have the skippable ad which is accessible to all devices. These are the ads that you may skip after 5 seconds and are monetized across all viewing methods. They can go for as long as 12 hours, the max YouTube video length limit.

The non-skippable ad is not monetized across all devices like on TV or game console. These ads can only be 15, 20, or 30 seconds in some regions. Then you have the mid-roll ad which is an ad that can be 30 seconds or less in length and can only be shown on YouTube videos that run for more than 10 minutes. This can either be a skippable or non-skippable ad.

And lastly, you have the bumper ads which in our opinion can be the most creative way to showcase your products for you are limited to only 6 seconds. They cannot be skipped and are best viewed for mobile devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the approximate size of YouTube videos per minute?

This would ultimately depend on the resolution that you’re video is in but normally a 720p video at 5 minutes would be about 75MB and would consumer internet data accordingly too.

What if my video reaches the YouTube file size limit?

If your video is too large for your liking then try compressing it using different codecs on your video editor.

What’s the ideal YouTube video resolution?

Go for 1080p if you can. It’s just at the sweetspot of YouTube video file size as it won’t occupy much space, won’t be too heavy of an upload, and most of all, it looks really good.

Now you know everything there is to know about making your YouTube video. Go be creative, educational, and entertaining!

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