How to Upload Videos Larger than 1 GB on YouTube

Written by gregory hamel
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YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to upload videos and share them publicly with other users across the Internet. YouTube places limits on the size of video files that users are allowed to upload; the maximum limit for uploads as of April 2010 is 2GB for normal users. This limit enables users to upload videos larger than 1GB, which can allow for uploading large HD video files. The basic process of uploading files greater than 1GB is the same as smaller files; however, uploading files in excess of 1GB can take a long time.

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Things you need

  • Video clip between 1GB and 2GB
  • YouTube Account

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  1. 1

    Go to YouTube (see "Resources”) and sign into your account by clicking "Sign In," entering your user name and password, and then clicking the "Sign in" button.

  2. 2

    Click the blue "Upload" link at the top of YouTube's main page (it will be located between "Browse" and your user name).

  3. 3

    Click the "Upload Video" button, browse the files and folders on your computer for the video file that you want to upload, and then click "Open." The video will begin uploading and an upload status bar will being to fill.

  4. 4

    Enter a title, description, tags and choose a category of the video in the fields provided and then click "Save Changes."

  5. 5

    Wait until the upload status bar is full and you receive a message that the upload is complete. When uploading a video larger than 1GB, the upload process may take several hours; during this time it is best not to perform other tasks on your computer as it may increase the chances that the upload process will fail.

Tips and warnings

  • The maximum video length for uploads of normal users is 10 minutes.
  • Videos that are under 10 minutes in length are not likely to exceed 2GB in size, even if the footage is in high definition.
  • You can click "Cancel" at any time while uploading a video to abort the upload.

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