Youtube is an online video sharing platform created by founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Launched and founded in 2005, the site slowly gained traction as hub for up and coming viral videos. Sold to Google in 2006, Youtube is now the second most popular site in the world, and is the go-to site for social bloggers, watchers, businesses, and conspiracy enthusiasts alike. On average, there are over 500 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute.

What is YouTube used for?

YouTube is a free platform used to search and watch videos, create personal YouTube channels, and upload videos. YouTube users can also like, comment, and share videos, subscribe to other channels and users, as well as create playlists organizing videos and groups together. YouTube can be used to discover new topics, watch music videos, comedy shows, how to guides, recipes, and hacks.

What is YouTube TV?

YouTube TV is a streaming service, separate from YouTube, that includes live TV from more than 70 broadcast, cable, and regional sports networks. It features live sports, DVR with no storage space limits, and is able to have 6 accounts for 1 price. YouTube TV can be watched from your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.

When was YouTube created?

YouTube was created on February 14, 2005 in San Mateo, California in the United States. It was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. The first YouTube video was uploaded by the site’s founder, Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005. Currently, YouTube has more than 23 million channels and 5 billion videos are watched daily.

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YouTube Video - 1440p
User interface drawing of YouTube 1440p Video with measured dimensions, sizes, and details

1440p YouTube Videos are a new high quality standard for videos as the resolution is not being supported by a larger spectrum of affordable computer monitors and television sets. 1440p videos on YouTube generally focus on content that can benefit from high resolutions such as nature, travel, cooking, or any detail oriented topic.

YouTube 1440p Videos have a height of 1440 px and width of 2560 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 1440p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
1440p YouTube Videos are a new high quality standard for videos as the resolution is not being supported by a larger spectrum of affordable computer monitors and television sets. 1440p videos on YouTube generally focus on content that can directly benefit from higher resolutions imagery.

YouTube 1440p Videos have a height of 1440 px and width of 2560 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 1440p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 1440p
Height:
1440 px
Width:
2560 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
1440p (2k)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC

Frame Rates: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 FPS

Video Codec: H.264 progressive (recommended)

Audio Codec: AAC-LC (recommended)
Bitrate (SDR): 16 Mbps (Standard); 24 Mbps (High)

Bitrate (HDR): 20 Mbps (Standard); 30 Mbps (High)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 35.56” x 20” | 90.3 x 50.8 cm

File Size
128 GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Ads - Sponsored Cards
User interface drawing of YouTube Sponsored Cards with measured dimensions and sizes

Sponsored YouTube Cards are an advertisement feature that are displayed as product cards related to the video that is being viewed. These Sponsored Cards will automatically be teased and can be further browsed as desired by the user. Sponsored Cards contain more information about relevant products than the standard display ad.

YouTube Sponsored Cards have sizes that vary but it is recommended that they aim for an aspect ratio of 1:1. Sponsored Cards support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 2 MB.

Sponsored YouTube Cards are an advertisement feature that are displayed as product cards related to the video that is being viewed. These Sponsored Cards will automatically be teased and can be further browsed as desired by the user. Sponsored Cards contain more information about relevant products.

YouTube Sponsored Cards have sizes that vary but it is recommended that they aim for an aspect ratio of 1:1. Sponsored Cards support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 2 MB.

YouTube Ads - Sponsored Cards
Height:
Varies
Width:
Varies
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
1:1
Resolution
72 ppi (screen)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF 

Duration: 15-20 seconds

Platform: Desktop & Mobile


File Size
2 MB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Ads - Overlay Ads
Dimensioned layout drawing of YouTube Overlay Ads labeled with height and width

Overlay Advertisements on YouTube are semi-transparent images or text that appear above the current video being played. YouTube Overlay Ads will appear in the lower part of the video frame (bottom 20%) and are often perceived as less intrusive to the overall experience. Overlay advertisements are typically static and are less expensive for advertisers to purchase.

YouTube Overlay Ads have a height of either 60 or 90 px and widths of 468 or 728 px respectively. These respective sizes have aspect ratios of 7.8:1 and 8.09:1. YouTube Overlay Ads support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 150 KB.

Overlay Advertisements on YouTube are semi-transparent images or text that appear above the current video being played. YouTube Overlay Ads will appear in the lower part of the video frame (bottom 20%) and are often perceived as less intrusive to the overall experience.

YouTube Overlay Ads have a height of either 60 or 90 px and widths of 468 or 728 px respectively. These respective sizes have aspect ratios of 7.8:1 and 8.09:1. YouTube Overlay Ads support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 150 KB.

YouTube Ads - Overlay Ads
Height:
60, 90 px
Width:
468, 728 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
7.8:1; 8.09:1
Resolution
72 ppi (screen)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF
Platform: Desktop

Print Sizes: 6.5” x .83” | 16.5 x 2.1 cm; 10.11” x 1.25” | 25.7 x 3.2 cm

File Size
150 KB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Thumbnail Images
User interface drawing of YouTube Thumbnail Images with measured dimensions and sizes

YouTube Thumbnail Images are images that represent any uploaded video within the YouTube interface. The thumbnails are seen in a user’s feed of videos and also on the side of videos for more browsing. A thumbnail image can be a chosen frame from the video, but can also be customized. It should represent the content inside the video and attract users to click on the video.

YouTube Thumbnail Images have a height of 720 px and width of 1280 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. YouTube Thumbnail Images support JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 2 MB.

YouTube Thumbnail Images are images that represent any uploaded video within the YouTube interface. The thumbnails are seen in a user’s feed of videos and also on the side of videos for more browsing. A thumbnail image can be a chosen frame from the video, but can also be customized.

YouTube Thumbnail Images have a height of 720 px and width of 1280 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. YouTube Thumbnail Images support JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 2 MB.

YouTube Thumbnail Images
Height:
720 px
Width:
1280 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
72 ppi (screen)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF 

Print Sizes: 17.78” x 10” | 45.2 x 25.4 cm

File Size
2 MB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Ads - Display Ads
Illustrated dimensions of YouTube Display Ads measured with height and width

YouTube Display Ads are ads that appear to the right of the video and above list of video suggestions. These types of ads features a still image. Larger video players might display the ad below the video player. Clicking on the ads leads the user to another website or landing page.

YouTube Display Ads have a heights of either 60 px or 250 px and width of 300 px for respective aspect ratios of 5:1 or 1.2:1. Display Ads support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 150 KB.

YouTube Display Ads are ads that appear to the right of the video and above list of video suggestions. These types of ads features a still image. Larger video players might display the ad below the video player. Clicking on the ads leads the user to another website or landing page.

YouTube Display Ads have a heights of either 60 px or 250 px and width of 300 px for respective aspect ratios of 5:1 or 1.2:1. Display Ads support JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with a maximum file size of 150 KB.

YouTube Ads - Display Ads
Height:
60, 250 px
Width:
300 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
1.2:1 (Standard); 5:1 (YouTube Reserve)
Resolution
72 ppi (screen)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF 

Duration: 30 seconds (max)

Platform: Desktop

Print Sizes: 4.17” x 3.47” | 10.6 x 8.8 cm; 4.17” x .83” | 10.6 x 2.1 cm (short)

File Size
150 KB (max)
Company
YouTube

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