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 - 1080p
Illustrated dimensions of YouTube 1080p Videos measured with height, width, and format information

1080p YouTube Videos are the new standard HD resolution for the platform that is recommended for viewers and creators alike. 1080p videos, while once rare, are now an accessible balance of high definition quality, reliable download speed, ease of uploading, and supported by most devices today.

YouTube 1080p Videos have a height of 1080 px and width of 1920 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 1080p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
1080p YouTube Videos are the new standard HD resolution for the platform that is recommended for viewers and creators alike. 1080p videos, while once rare, are now an accessible balance of high definition quality, reliable download speed, ease of uploading, and supported by most devices today.

YouTube 1080p Videos have a height of 1080 px and width of 1920 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 1080p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 1080p
Height:
1080 px
Width:
1920 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
1080p
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): 8 Mbps (Standard); 12 Mbps (High)

Bitrate (HDR): 10 Mbps (Standard); 15 Mbps (High)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 26.66” x 15” | 67.7 x 38.1 cm

File Size
128 GB (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 - Skippable Video Ads
Illustrated dimensions of YouTube Skippable Video Ads measured with height and width

Skippable YouTube Ads are advertisements that appear before, after, or during, your selected video and give the option to be skipped after 5 seconds of playing. Similar to bumper ads, users can select to mix Skippable Ads with bumper ads back to back.

YouTube Skippable Video Ads have a height of 360 px and widths of either 480 or 640 px for an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9 respectively. YouTube Skippable Video Ads support AVI, ASF, MOV, MP4, and MPEG formats with a maximum file size of 1GB.

Skippable YouTube Ads are advertisements that appear before, after, or during, your selected video and give the option to be skipped after 5 seconds of playing. Similar to bumper ads, users can select to mix Skippable Ads with bumper ads back to back.

YouTube Skippable Video Ads have a height of 360 px and widths of either 480 or 640 px for an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9 respectively. YouTube Skippable Video Ads support AVI, ASF, MOV, MP4, and MPEG formats with a maximum file size of 1GB.

YouTube Ads - Skippable Video Ads
Height:
360 px
Width:
480, 640 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
4:3; 16:9
Resolution
360p, Wide 360p
Weight:
Area:

Formats: AVI, ASF, MOV, MP4, MPEG 

Frame Rate: 30 FPS

Video Codec: H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4

Audio Codec: MP3, AAC

Duration: 12 secs to 3 mins (skippable after 5 secs)

Platform: Desktop, Mobile, TV, Game Consoles

Print Sizes: 8.89” x 5” | 22.6 x 12.7 cm

File Size
1GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Video - 360p
Illustrated dimensions of YouTube 360p Video measured with height, width, and format information

360p YouTube videos are low resolution videos that are displayed when the upload quality is low or the streaming speed cannot support higher quality videos. 360p is no longer a desirable video quality setting on any modern device, but is often acceptable on mobile devices when data is slow or limited.

YouTube 360p Videos have a height of 360 px and width of 640 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 360p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
360p YouTube videos are low resolution videos that are displayed when the upload quality is low or the streaming speed cannot support higher quality videos. 360p is no longer a desirable video quality setting on any modern device, but is often acceptable on mobile devices when data is slow.

YouTube 360p Videos have a height of 360 px and width of 640 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 360p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 360p
Height:
360 px
Width:
640 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
360p
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: 1 Mbps (Standard); 1.5 Mbps (High)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 8.89” x 5” | 22.6 x 12.7 cm

File Size
128 GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Video (360p) interface mockup; size comparison

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YouTube Video - 480p
User interface drawing of YouTube 480p Videos with measured dimensions, sizes, and details

Youtube 480p Videos are the default baseline for YouTube content and are considered an SD (standard) quality video. Standard definition video, such as 480p, was once the standard of video quality on DVDs, but most of our recording devices today output at a higher resolution such as 720p or 1080p. 480p videos on YouTube are most often downsampled or are simply older video uploads.

YouTube 480p Videos have a height of 480 px and width of 854 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 480p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
Youtube 480p Videos are the default baseline for YouTube content and are considered an SD (standard) quality video. Standard definition video, such as 480p, was once the standard of video quality on DVDs, but most of our recording devices today output at a higher resolution such as 720p or 1080p.

YouTube 480p Videos have a height of 480 px and width of 854 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 480p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 480p
Height:
480 px
Width:
854 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
480p
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: 2.5 Mbps (Standard); 4 Mbps (High)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 11.86” x 6.67” | 30.1 x 16.9 cm

File Size
128 GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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