How to encode 720P HD files for Youtube.

I just tried a test with the new Matrox CompressHD with their 1280x270P YouTube setting. This video is the actual output.
http://tinyurl.com/l5973f
It also shows a "Newhalem" MacPro encoding the same video multipass, kind of crazy to open Activity Monitor and see 16 cores. Anyhow, my old computer, last years MacPro was still faster with the CompressHD card than the Newhalem machine. I can't wait to have this in a portable version to take on the road.
 
New machine, or encoding card, they still cost money. There are Free h.264 encoders that are top notch in terms of quality, as long as you have the time to encode :), but in some businesses your time is worth that extra money.
 
ok, i'm a little late to the party and i've already skimmed over the posts. can someone let me know what the most current HD encoding settings are for loading videos on YouTube?

thanks in advance,
Mike
 
thanks. i appreciate your help. at first i thought you had misspoke about YouTube allowing 1080P playback. this is the first time i'm hearing of this. so, double thanks to you.
 
I have tried at least a half dozen times to trigger the 1080p option on youtube but it never works. I converted all of these videos to 1920x1080 H.264 files with a program called AVS Video Editor 4. I used PCM audio at 48 Khz stereo.

So is there anything else I can try to get it to trigger the 1080p option? I have also tried encoding to 1080p wmv at an extremely high bit rate. It never shows the 1080p option on my videos.

Does the 1080p option always show up for your videos?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF_yjgJvZMQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTGl-UiSS0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYvhvoNg-gM


Here are some examples of 1080p or very high quality videos I have found.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=24F005B6C3C786E4
 
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If you right click on a video with the 1080p option it will allow you to display the video statistics in real time(ie: resolution, bit rate, and frame rate). If it does not have the 1080p option then you probably will not see the properties option when you right click either.
 
1080P shows up for me on all three of your videos. It's possible that you didn't wait long enough for the transcode to happen, or that you need to be logged in to view a 1080P video.

What is really crazy is that I was logged in when I didn’t see the 1080p option. I logged out and now I see the option. Can anyone else see the 1080p option for their own videos while logged in? I wonder if it is displaying the 720p or 1080p version when I am logged in? I don’t notice any quality difference so I just assume it is displaying the highest quality version.


Thanks, for helping me out on that one.

EDIT: I went back and checked out the videos while logging in and while logged out. While logged in it is definitely showing me the 1080p version. There are compression artifacts for the 1080p mode. I seem them when I am logged in but I don't see the 720p option. I am still undecided which is better, 720p or 1080p. The 1080p is sharper but it has problems with compression because both are at the same bit rate. You would think that they would bump it up a little for the 1080p option?
 
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I put a lot of videos on Facebook as well as Youtube but would some of these settings work for Facebook as well?

Everything should be relevant except the 4K part. Most video sharing sites are only accepting HD encodes up to 1280x720. Google just likes to out-do all the other video sharing sites.
 
Frame size up to 4096 x 2304 Isn't a RAW format? Why that much instead of 1920X1080?

1920x1080 is still a valid resolution that you can upload, 4096x2304 is for Red One footage, or other high end digital cinema cameras.

In fact, Youtube is pretty much resolution independant now. You can upload just about whatever you want and it will work.
 
I followed the settings BUT... i mean a FULL 720p HD nike sb video on vimeo which is 23 minutes long is only file sized at around 270 MB.... when exporting a 720p 40 second clip with these settings my file size is like 170... 40 seconds. cant be right. helppp
 
I followed the settings BUT... i mean a FULL 720p HD nike sb video on vimeo which is 23 minutes long is only file sized at around 270 MB.... when exporting a 720p 40 second clip with these settings my file size is like 170... 40 seconds. cant be right. helppp

This is correct. Since Youtube creates a second generation copy, you want your source footage to be as high quality as possible. If youtube decides to upgrade their HD quality, they will have a higher quality source to re-encode the video from, as Youtube keeps the original source file for future updates.
 
OK, so if i am using native 720p clips in my video and its 3 minutes long.... if i use these settings the estimated file size will be way over 500mb which vimeo doesnt except unless your a plus user. BUT nike sb uploaded a full hd debacle skate video which is 24 minutes long in full hd 720, the file size was only around 250mb?
 
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