Alright, if you have been following me for a while, you know this is the second time I am discussing about this topic. Actually this time I have something you can do to rectify the problem of your YouTube videos not in HD after publishing it to YouTube. Let your YouTube video be in 4k, 1080p or 720p; this would still apply.

How to Upload 4k & 1080p YouTube Videos In HD

So What Can You Do About It You Ask? The routine I mention in the video every experienced YouTubers do to make their videos in High Definition (4k, 1080p, 720p) once they are published, is to upload your YouTube video in “Private” mode or “schedule” mode.
This practice not only gives your video enough processing time, but also lets it get to all the way to the full resolution you had while uploading it to YouTube. Yes! The answer is that simple. All you have to do is to give it some time and wait.

Factors Affecting Processing Time for YouTube Videos

Factors affecting YouTube Processing Time

Image from google help page: link below

Processing time for your YouTube video could depend on a lot of various factors. Some of them are the resolution of your video, length of your YouTube video, your geographical location from where you upload, and obviously your internet speed.
YouTube video Uploading time depends a lot on your ISP from where you upload your video. But once it is finished uploading, it may take a while to get your YouTube video processed. This longer processing time is what makes a lot of people worried because it doesn’t show you a time estimate for this particular phase (at least as of at the time of writing this). But don’t you fret! Let me explain.
When it says your YouTube video is “processing”, it is undergoing a tremendous amount of transformation stage. Your video is being converted into different web friendly formats, also is being copied into same but different resolutions, placing your YouTube video in different YouTube servers etc. When you say different servers, your YouTube video is literally being place to servers in different geographical locations all around the world! Is it pretty neat or what?

My Previous Experience When I Started Making YouTube Videos:

When I started my YouTube journey, I was like any other person who doesn’t know much about what they are doing. So that point of time came to me as well, when I decided to make YouTube videos seriously, challenges started popping up. And this one was annoying- My uploaded YouTube Video is not in HD. Oh my, did I freak out! Because the effort and time I put in to make YouTube videos were not tiny. I deleted my videos a few times thinking that I did something wrong. I had to learn it the hard way. But hey, here I am to guide you through the right way and less frustration for you.

Why is YouTube Doing All these Crazy Processing stuff?

Well, you may research more on that but I can give you one example why. If you are someone who watch YouTube (Well, let me know what planet you’re from if not 🙂), you may have at some point experience interruptions and the video you watch loses quality for a bit (lower resolution) and comes back to crisp and full HD, usually when you go out of your Wi-Fi connection, all without really having to stop the video from playing; well sometimes it does. I know!
This process of adapting to the quality of your internet connectivity is called Adaptive bitrate streaming. It is also named as multi bitrate or dynamic bitrate streaming. But what I am trying to say is that; for YouTube to be able to  be doing this, your needs to be processed and encoded into different bit rates. Well, this happens when your video is being processed just after uploading your YouTube video.

–>> See How A Video Gets To You On YouTube <<—

What is the Best Time to Upload YouTube Videos?

Sometimes the time of the day you upload your video matters and sometimes not, depending on your internet connection speed from your ISP.
I prefer to upload my video after midnight or in early mornings. Usually these are times when you have low traffic usage. Here is a link from YouTube for you to see for yourself at your place RIGHT NOW!!

–>> Check Your Video Quality Report And Internet Traffic <<–

Now you know how to Get Your YouTube Videos Published in Full Resolution (4k, 1080p, 720):

I truly hope you learned something here. I’ve been there like I mentioned above when you put in a lot of work and then to see you don’t get full definition on your YouTube videos. But now you know that you don’t have to freak out, all you have to do is to wait and give it some time to get your video processed. Upload it in private or schedule mode and you’d be good to go. Make sure to comment below if you have any questions at all.

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