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  • Chris Dolan

    February 20, 2009 at 3:53 am

    I searched through those threads here which mention YouTube but can’t find what I’m looking for. (It might be because my search skills suck…sorry.)

    It seems like when I upload a full 720×480 clip, it takes forever to upload and become available… Sometimes several hours. Is there a specific format which YouTube will simply accept instead of re-transcoding?

    Chris Dolan
    Triple Three Productions
    http://www.triple-3-productions.com

  • Daniel Low

    February 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    “It seems like when I upload a full 720×480 clip, it takes forever to upload and become available”

    Nothing unusual about that.

    Have you any idea about the volume of transcodes Youtube is doing on a daily basis? Think of a number and multiply it by 1000 and you’re still not anywhere near close.

    Then remind yourself that it’s a free service.

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  • Craig Seeman

    February 21, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I’ve uploaded HD files to Youtube. The low quality file will often appear within an hour. The HD version can take many hours.

    Chris, when you upload the clip do you resize it from 720×480 to 640×480 first?
    I compress everything to H.264 .mov first but other codecs work of course. If you’re handing them a DV file at a non square pixel aspect ratio that may be part of the reason.

  • Chris Dolan

    February 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Daniel; That is why I asked the question.

    I’ve heard that YouTube does not re-transcode specific formats which, theoretically, would be available immediately after upload.

    If you are familiar with this formatting, please reply with your experience.

    Thanks.

    Chris Dolan
    Triple Three Productions
    http://www.triple-3-productions.com

  • Chris Dolan

    February 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Craig,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I do not usually resize it. It is exported using one of the standard (Sorensen 3) codecs in Premiere Pro.

    I imagine exporting it in YouTube’s preferred size and compression would be ideal but I don’t know what is the preferred format.

    Chris Dolan
    Triple Three Productions
    http://www.triple-3-productions.com

  • Craig Seeman

    February 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    There was a time when if you uploaded an .flv file they’d accept it as is without transcode but they stopped doing that over a year ago I believe.

  • Craig Seeman

    February 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm
  • Craig Seeman

    February 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    YouTube Specs Part1

  • Craig Seeman

    February 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  • Chris Dolan

    February 25, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for the links Craig!

    Chris Dolan
    Triple Three Productions
    http://www.triple-3-productions.com

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