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 - 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 Banner (Channel Art) - TV
Comparison illustration of YouTube Banner sizes for TV compared to Channel Art on other computer devices

YouTube Channel Art is a cover allows users to incorporate art into their channel page. When viewed on a TV, YouTube Banners stretch to maximize the screen size—which is the largest threshold for the size of the Channel Art image. When users click through your YouTube videos and to your channel, the channel cover can be a deciding aspect to them being on your page longer and watching more videos. YouTube Channel Art can be personalized to match the content aesthetic within a user’s videos or brand.

YouTube Banners, or YouTube Channel Art, for TV displays, have a height of 1440 px and width of 2560 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. YouTube Channel Art supports JPG and PNG formats with a maximum file size of 6 MB.

YouTube Channel Art is a cover allows users to incorporate art into their channel page. When viewed on a TV, YouTube Banners stretch to maximize the screen size—which is the largest threshold for the size of the Channel Art image. Channel covers can personalized to the content within a user’s videos

YouTube Banners, or YouTube Channel Art, for TV displays, have a height of 1440 px and width of 2560 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. YouTube Channel Art supports JPG and PNG formats with a maximum file size of 6 MB.

YouTube Banner (Channel Art) - TV
Height:
1440 px
Width:
2560 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
72 ppi (screen)
Weight:
Area:

Formats: JPG, PNG

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

File Size
6 MB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Video - 240p (Minimum)
Dimensioned layout drawing of YouTube 240p Video labeled with height, width and upload details

240p YouTube Videos are the lowest quality form of video content on the platform. Most likely only viewed if a user's internet connection is slow or problematic, 240p videos can provide a general impression of a video without any of the clarity in details, speed, or color that higher resolutions provide.

YouTube 240p Videos have a height of 240 px and width of 426 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. 240p videos are the minimum file resolutions that can be uploaded and shared on YouTube.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 240p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
240p YouTube Videos are the lowest quality form of video content on the platform. Most likely only viewed if a user's internet connection is slow or problematic, 240p videos can provide a general impression of a video without any of the clarity in details, speed, or color of higher resolutions.

YouTube 240p Videos have a height of 240 px and width of 426 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. 240p videos are the minimum file resolutions that can be uploaded and shared on YouTube.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 240p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 240p (Minimum)
Height:
240 px
Width:
426 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
240p
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)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 5.92” x 3.33” | 15 x 8.5 cm

File Size
128 GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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YouTube Video - 2160p (Maximum)
Dimensioned layout drawing of YouTube 2160p Video labeled with height, width and upload details

2160p YouTube Videos are the maximum video resolution format available on the platform. As implied by being the maximum available quality, 2160p videos provide the sharpest possible details, colors, and speed and should be watched on TVS or monitors with 2160p capabilities.

YouTube 2160p Videos have a height of 2160 px and width of 3840 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. 2160p videos are the maximum file resolutions that can be uploaded and shared on YouTube.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 2160p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
2160p YouTube Videos are the maximum video resolution format available on the platform. As implied by being the maximum available quality, 2160p videos provide the sharpest possible details, colors, and speed and should be watched on TVS or monitors with 2160p capabilities.

YouTube 2160p Videos have a height of 2160 px and width of 3840 px for an aspect ratio of 16:9. 2160p videos are the maximum file resolutions that can be uploaded and shared on YouTube.

Comparison chart illustrating the YouTube 2160p Video size compared to other standard video sizes
YouTube Video - 2160p (Maximum)
Height:
2160 px
Width:
3840 px
Length:
Depth:
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Resolution
2160p (4k)
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): 35-45 Mbps (Standard); 53-68 Mbps (High)

Bitrate (HDR): 44-56 Mbps (Standard); 66-85 Mbps (High)

Duration: 12 hrs (max)

Print Sizes: 53.33” x 30” | 135.5 x 76.2 cm

File Size
128 GB (max)
Company
YouTube

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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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