H there. I have copied the reccommended settings and specification from youtubes help page on uploading videos below:
Getting Started: Video length and size
â€œThere are two ways to upload your video: by using our Single File Uploader or the YouTube Uploader (for multiple files). With either of these methods, your videos can be up to 1GB in size and 10 minutes long.
Please note, the longer and/or higher quality your video is, the more compression will be required to fit it into 1GB. You can compress your video using movie editors, like Windows MovieMaker or Apple iMovie.
YouTube accepts a wide range of video file formats. This list is all the video files YouTube will accept. Some video formats work best and are most compatible with certain computers, software or devices.
â€¢ Windows Media Video(.avi)
â€¢ .3GP (cell phones)
â€¢ .AVI (windows)
â€¢ .MOV (mac)
â€¢ .MP4 (ipod/psp)
â€¢ .FLV (adobe flash)
â€¢ .SWF (shockwave flash)
â€¢ .MKV (h.264)
If you do not think your current video file format is recognized by YouTube, you may get the best results from converting your file to MPEG4 video with MP3 audio. If your format is recognized, but you are experiencing other issues with format errors, feel free to contact us, and we will try our best to fix it.
To convert most any video format to one of the aforementioned accepted formats it is reccommended you use FFMPEG. FFMPEG is a command-line tool, so newer users may like to use the free tool, SUPER, which can be found at http://www.erightsoft.org/. If you do not produce acceptable results with these tools, you may also try the commercial software, Magic Video Converter [ http://www.magic-video-software.com/magic_video_converter/index.html ].
Windows Movie Maker, by default saves projects as .MSWMM files. These file are project files, which means it only tells Windows Movie Maker the layout of your video and does not contain the final video itself, and because of this, YouTube does not accept .MSWMM files. To upload your Windows Movie Maker video to YouTube, select the "Save to My Computer" option to save the file and upload the generated file.
Keep in mind that each time you convert or "transcode" a video from one type of compression to another, there will be some loss in quality, sort of like making a photo copy of a photo copy. Avoid transcoding a highly compressed video into a format that is accepted. You'll get poor results. You'll get better results by going back to your original video editing software where you edited the video, and re-export in a format like MPEG4 with MP3 audio, or if that is unavailable, exporting it as a RAW (uncompressed) video format then encoding it in an external program such as those listed above.
[I]YouTube Video Formats
One great thing about sites like YouTube is their ability to accept many different file formats, making it much easier for home users to participate. You can try uploading almost any format â€” there's a good chance that it will work. YouTube simply converts it to the FLV format.
However, it does help to understand a few basics and create videos in a format which will work best for your content.
YouTube recommends MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) with MP3 audio. This option probably provides the best compromise between quality and file size. Other versions of MPEG are also acceptable.
This is the default format used by many editing programs. It provides excellent picture quality but file sizes are large. This can be a good option for short videos.
MOV, WMV & Others
These are perfectly acceptable, but may not provide the same quality or small file sizes as MPEG4.
In most cases you will need to compress your video before you upload it (this may be done automatically by your webcam or editing software). The best approach is to compress files the least amount possible. YouTube will re-compress the file when it is converted to FLV, so you don't need to worry about the file size. If you have a fast connection and plenty of bandwidth, it makes sense to create video files with the least compression while still keeping to the 100MB size limit.
Video Size (Resolution, Pixel Dimensions)
YouTube recommends a resolution of 320x240. Note that this is smaller than the standard YouTube video screen â€” videos this size are automatically expanded to fill the screen. A quick test indicates that the screen used for the main YouTube player is 450x338 pixels (do not take this as an official specification though).
On the whole, 320x240 is a fairly good compromise which suits the different player sizes well enough. Remember that the video will not always be seen on the large version of the player, and some versions of the player are actually smaller than 320x240.
So now its me talking again
I did nothing to the original VOB in terms of compression. There are two VOBs on the DVD, which make up the full half hour tv programme. Their file sizes are: 1048344kb and 935050kb
I looked at the shrunk videos afterwards and you are right, they are exactly the same size. And also look fine when I play them on the computer.
The other problem that I haven't even mentioned yet is that although the dvd plays a 30 minute programme and it is only one â€œtitleâ€ when I put it onto DVD shrink, when I open the backup dvd shrink has done, in the Video_TS file, there are a number of files, and the video is split between two of them (as mentioned in the top paragraphso I guess for it to be put as a 30 minute video into an editing suite that I can edit away, the whole of the Video TS file needs to be loaded (unless I clip it with the unsplit song whilst in DVD Shrink).
So, from what I can summarise from above, the best format to upload to youtube is MPEG 4, with MP3 audio with the video being no longer than 10 minutes and no bigger than 100 MB size limit. The official recommended resolution is 320x240 screen. A quick test indicates that the screen used for the main YouTube player is 450x338 pixels so I donâ€™t know if this is better for full screen viewings, but probably safest as 320 x 240 screen????
The videos I have previously uploaded (in seconds) either came direct from my camera in mpg, or via my camera, edited in movie maker, and then uploaded via movie maker as a wmv file. I donâ€™t know what mpg they were (2 or 4) as it isnâ€™t shown on the upload, but the quality is fine. Infact, on most of them, there is even the option to watch them in High Quality on Youtube. Here is her channel page if you want to have a look, although these are all home movies, whereas what I want to start uploading is tv shows which will get her far more exposure. http://www.youtube.com/user/gracerose2
I have seen the youtube clips of some of the kids who won last year and had the same tv coverage she is going to get, and some of them have 500,000 views. I would love to just get the 30 minute full vid into movie maker and make all my own clips. I could then edit, cutting out bits of the show she isnâ€™t in. But will have to settle for straight clips if thatâ€™s all that can be done.
Look forward to hearing from you. Can't believe anyone would help me so much as you guys.