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Supported YouTube file formats

Note: Audio files, like MP3, WAV, or PCM files, can’t be uploaded to create a YouTube video. You can use video editing software to convert your audio file to a video. Audio files can only be uploaded as extra languages for your video.

You may not be sure which format to save your video as or you may get an "invalid file format" error message when you're uploading. If so, make sure that you’re using one of the following formats:

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG-1
  • .MPEG-2
  • .MPEG4
  • .MP4
  • .MPG
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEGPS
  • .FLV
  • 3GPP
  • WebM
  • DNxHR
  • ProRes
  • CineForm
  • HEVC (h265)

If you're using a file format that's not listed above, use this troubleshooter to learn how to convert your file.

For more advanced info on file formats you can read through this article on encoding settings.

Select the file format you'd like to convert

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