Youtube video quality

Posted on 2013-12-19
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-27

I'm unsure if this is the right topic to ask this, but here goes: why do my good quality 1280x760 videos (with screen captures for instructions) end up looking like rubbish after uploading to Youtube?

If I watch them immediately after Youtube says they're OK, then they are (OK).

But 5-10mins afterwards, they suddenly look very bad. And it seems there is no difference what screen resolution the user asks for.

So how do I get _real_ HD video uploaded to Youtube????
Question by:Knut Hunstad
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 19

Expert Comment

ID: 39729371
You must ensure you upload with correct resolution and proper codec or Youtube will re-encode the file with a low bitrate and otherwise muck up your video

See: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en

Author Comment

by:Knut Hunstad
ID: 39730624
Ok. But I use Sony Vegas Video, which I think is a quite acknowledged program. But I can't find any way of "rendering as" anything like "H.264", so I'm sort of lost in the dark with your suggestion.
LVL 19

Accepted Solution

jss1199 earned 1000 total points
ID: 39730644
Get proactive database performance tuning online

At Percona’s web store you can order full Percona Database Performance Audit in minutes. Find out the health of your database, and how to improve it. Pay online with a credit card. Improve your database performance now!

LVL 70

Assisted Solution

Merete earned 1000 total points
ID: 39731217
Khun I use Fraps and the captured output is always very large due to the fact it's a raw avi,
and found that same problem when uploading my game captures to youtube.
 I resolved it by opening my captured video from Fraps in windows moviemaker and saving the movie for HD Display not only is the quality pretty good but the size is vastly reduced.
WMM save movie forIf you want to check them out link below to my game captures from Fraps converted in WMM
  and then decide if you would prefer to change settings in your Sony Vegas instead
My Skyrim captures.

With Skyrim the 3D graphis are so beautiful it's a great shame if youtube reduces the quality absolutely.
Also under your video in youtube there is an option to view in HD 1080 if you have it.
youtube quality
If you haven't asked this question here
you'll find great answers
Optimal Sony Vegas Render Settings for HD Youtube Videos?

Author Comment

by:Knut Hunstad
ID: 39731746
Thanks for your answers!

I'm slowly realizing that the problem must be in the way Youtube decides which resolution you can handle. At work yesterday, everything was rather grainy (we tested on a lot of PCs). But looking at the same videos from home, they are good! Can anyone confirm that even if you select HD video during playback, Youtube might decide you can't handle it and send you everything in lower resolution?

We have a fast network at work, so I have no idea _why_ it's not considered fast enough by Youtube, but that's another question...
LVL 70

Expert Comment

ID: 39733335
Yes, Can anyone confirm that even if you select HD video during playback, Youtube might decide you can't handle it and send you everything in lower resolution?

I personally believe sometimes a video on youtube will appear grainy then render to really clear, could be bandwidth as my video card is brand new and Nvidea 680 OC.
A lot depends on the combination> internet speed how big the aspect ratio is of the video and the video card and what format youtube converts the video from to flash
YouTube Upload: Tips, Specs, Limits & Formats

Featured Post

Will your db performance match your db growth?

In Percona’s white paper “Performance at Scale: Keeping Your Database on Its Toes,” we take a high-level approach to what you need to think about when planning for database scalability.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I have a Synology DS212+ NAS.  These are not only great for backup and normal NAS stuff, but also for delivering media throughout your home or LAN via DLNA.  I copied my whole audio collection from iTunes over to the box, but couldn't figure out how…
Keep your audience engaged and get the most out of your next presentation with these quick Prezi tips.
Viewers will learn how to create a new project within Adobe Encore and the basic layout of the software.
Viewers will learn how to use LFOs to modulate the sound of their Sampler instruments. Click the Modulation tab in Sampler: Choose one (or more) of the three available LFOs, and click the respective button to turn it on: Select a waveform, an LF…
Suggested Courses

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question