Upload DVD to YouTube Smoothly With Best Quality

Have a favorite movie clip on your DVD movies, and wish to extract that clip from the DVD movies for posting to YouTube but have no idea how to make that achieved. The following article will share you a pretty simple way to upload DVD clip to YouTube with just few clicks.

Best uploading formats for YouTube uploading

Before going any further, the first important thing you should be clear what’s the best uploading settings for YouTube. From YouTube Help page, we can see that YouTube supported many file formats for uploading including MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, etc. However, if you wish to get a fast and smooth YouTube video uploading process with perfect quality, make sure to use the following recommended uploading encoding settings for your videos on YouTube:
Container: MP4

Audio codec: AAC-LC
Channel: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
Sample rate 96khz or 48khz

Video codec: H.264
Progressive scan not interlacing
High Profile
2 consecutive B frames
Closed GOP. GOP of half the frame rate.
Variable bitrate, no bit rate limit required, though we offer recommended bit rates below for reference,
Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0

Frame rate

Content should be encoded and uploaded in the same frame rate it was recorded.
Common frame rates include: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 frames per second (other frame rates are also acceptable).
Interlaced content should be deinterlaced before uploading. For example, 1080i60 content should be deinterlaced to 1080p30, going from 60 interlaced fields per second to 30 progressive frames per second.


The bitrates below are recommendations for uploads. Audio playback bitrate is not related to video resolution.

Recommended video bit rate for upload

Type Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate
(24, 25, 30)
Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate
(48, 50, 60)
2160p (4k) 35-45 Mbps 53-68 Mbps
1440p (2k) 16 Mbps 24 Mbps
1080p 8 Mbps 12 Mbps
720p 5 Mbps 7.5 Mbps
480p 2.5 Mbps 4 Mbps
360p 1 Mbps 1.5 Mbps

Recommended audio bit rate for upload

Type Audio Bitrate
Mono 128 kbps
Stereo 384 kbps
5.1 512 kbps

Resolution and aspect ratio

YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you’re uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed correctly as well, with pillar boxes (black bars on the left and right) or letter boxes (black bars at the top and bottom) provided by the player.

Time and file size limitations for YouTube video upload

Size: Up to 128GB

Length: By default, you can upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long, but you can upload longer videos by following the steps below to verify your account.
1. go to the upload page at youtube.com/upload.
2. At the bottom of the page, click Increase your limit. You can also go directly to https://www.youtube.com/verify.
3. Follow the steps to verify your account. You can choose to receive a verification code through a text message on a mobile phone or an automated voice call.
4. Once you’ve verified your account, you can upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes long.

Rip DVD to YouTube with best uploading settings

If you are looking for a hassle free solution to get best YouTube uploading settings from DVD movies, we highly recommend Pavtube DVDAid to you. The program not only helps to encode DVD movies to YouTube best favorable MP4 file formats, but also enables you to tweak other profile settings such as video codec, file size, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc to let them fit with YouTube most favorable settings listed above.

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Trim/Compress/Adjust output video aspect ratio for YouTube

If your output DVD movie is longer than 15 minutes, you can shorten video length with the trim function to trim or cut the unwanted parts or segments from the video. If the output video file size exceeds the maximum file size limitation, you can compress video with no quality loss by splitting large video into small by file size, count for length, if the output video doesn’t use an aspect ratio of 16:9, you can adjust output video aspect ratio to 16:9 in the video crop window to let it fit with YouTube.

For Mac users, you can download Pavtube DVDAid for Mac to perform the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.

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Step by Step to Convert DVD for YouTube Smooth Uploading with Best Settings

Step 1: Load DVD movies.

Download, install and run this DVD ripper.  You can load DVD by clicking “File” > “Load from disc”. Or load DVD Folder by clicking “File” > “Load from folder” or load DVD IFO/ISO image by clicking “File” > “Load IFO/ISO”.

Load DVD movies into the program

Step 2: Output YouTube best supported file formats.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, here, it would be ideal to choose YouTube best compatible “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category, you can also choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output YouTube best supported file formats

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to let them fit with YouTube.

Adjust to output YouTube best favorable settings

Step 3: Trim/Split/Adjust output video aspect ratio.

Trim video length

In the video editor window, choose the “Trim” tab and this tab is selected by default when the editing window appears. You can use the trim function to cut off unwanted parts from start and end. You can either drag pointers on the process bar or set exact time point in Start and End boxes to set.

Trim video length

Split video file size

Click the split button on the file list to launch the Video Split window. Ticking “Enable” option, you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.

Split video file size

Adjust output video aspect ratio

If you want to keep the cropped aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1. Once you select a “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio. 

Adjust output video aspect ratio

Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin DVD to YouTube best compatible file formats, settings, video length, file size and aspect ratio conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you can smoothly upload and share your favorite DVD clip on YouTube with best quality.

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