Nowadays, the dominant camera technology is the 4k video format, while most of the video hosting services such as YouTube and Instagram are already supporting the ability to upload 4K video clips.
As the standard for video resolution has moved from 1080p to 4K, even the latest smartphones record videos at this amazing new format; the issue now is the convenience of editing the videos. It is often very expensive, and involves some rather complicated piece of software, such as Adobe Premiere, and the likes.
Additionally, though 4k video looks rather very fabulous, but the files are exponentially larger. For instance, a one-minute HD (720p) video is almost 90MB, while the same in 1080p is barely about 120MB, but in 4K it goes up to 350MB. And that isn’t good, imagine you’re shooting video of a 90-minute event in 4k, the result would be almost 32GB.
Over the course of a year, that’s about 1.6TB of data in 4K resolution. So, it becomes very crucial to post-process your 4K footage before sharing. But how could someone easily do that?
Why Upload Videos in 4k in the First Place?
If you're a professional vlogger, you would have known that YouTube SEO requires that your videos should be in high resolution to rank higher, you also probably know that high-definition videos rank better than the lower-quality ones.
And with the prevalence of smart TVs and the fact that video sharing platforms like YouTube are available on almost every device, means that 4K videos can be enjoyed with its stunningly realistic viewing experience and striking visual details.
In fact, 4K videos make a lot of sense when it comes to bigger screens with resolution 4 times higher than the regular 1080p monitor.
Encoding for 4K Video before Uploading to YouTube
For smooth uploading and processing of 4K video and to get the best possible results, you have to follow this steps recommended.
Albeit, the official YouTube's recommended upload encoding settings for 4K videos are as follows:
- Move atom at the front of the file (Fast Start)
- No Edit Lists (or the video might not get processed correctly)
Audio Codec: AAC-LC
- Sample rate of 96khz or 48khz
- Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
Video Codec: H.264
- High Profile
- GOP of half the frame rate
- Progressive Scan (without interlacing)
- Chroma Subsampling: 4:2:0
However, if the 4K video your want to upload to YouTube is in formats such as AVI, WMV, AVCHD, MKV, or MXF, you can download VideoProc to convert it to the YouTube's recommended 4K H.264 High Profile video.
And we recommend VideoProc because it's a great utility for YouTubers with the stripped back option, especially those who doesn't want the complexity and more of redundant features, often associated with other professional 4k video editing software.
Steps to Edit and Post-process your 4K footage
The nifty software tool called VideoProc takes away the complexity off the editing of 4k videos and without requiring lots of training or tutorials to get the better part of using it.
We recommend VideoProc as a great utility tool with stripped down option for YouTubers that don't want the complexity and redundant features of the costly professional video editing software. As the features and interface is crafted for ease of use from the ground up.
Step 1. To import the video file, simply open VideoProc and click "Video" to get into the video processing center. Then click "+ Video" to select your 4K video files and "Open", or, simply drag & drop your 4K files right into the software.
The 4K footage are usually substantially bigger than normal HD video and can take quite some time to upload, but VideoProc, with its advanced level-3 hardware acceleration, guarantees a fast uploading time within a few seconds.
Step 2. Then cut and trim your video, as YouTube requires a maximum video length of 12 hours. But don't try to upload anything above that, always do some research about the topic you want to make a video for to figure out the likely duration.
You can follow the below video to learn just how to use VideoProc to cut out the unwanted parts or join selected segments from your 4k video footage:
In a quick preview, you can watch the official YouTube guide to learn how to edit 4K video smoothly on any computer below:
Step 3. For resizing and converting your video to YouTube supported format, VideoProc's intelligent compression algorithm automatically selects the encoding settings to lower the file size while also keeping the effect on image quality to its barest minimum.
And its Full Hardware Acceleration efficiently make it possible to have a very smooth 4K video editing experience even on mid or lower-processor range computers. Now then click "Target Format" and find "YouTube Video" under "Web Video Profile" to choose "MP4 Video for YouTube" and "Done" then click the "RUN" button on the main interface to commence the conversion.
After you’ve finished editing and converted your 4K video to YouTube-ready MP4, sign into your YouTube account on the web browser to start the uploading. Also note that it is recommended to use the latest version of the browser, especially Chrome for uploading large-sized 4K videos.
While the video is uploading you can quickly edit both the basic and advanced settings, then click "Publish" to finish uploading the video to YouTube.
VideoProc is fully capable of stabilizing those videos shot on shaky cameras, like GoPro and iPhone, it also help users to turn the videos into GIFs for sharing on social media. And it reduces the background noise and equally add watermarks, or correct Fish-eye that occur in the recording, allowing your audience to focus more on the subject of the video.
In fact, VideoProc meets all requirements for professional video editing by serving as a simple-to-use editing solution with the ability to easily compress large/4K file sizes.