How to upload videos longer than 15 minutes to Youtube

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Have you shot videos that you want to upload to Youtube lasting more than 15 minutes? For the uninitiated, Youtube allows you to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. In the past it was necessary to cut the video into several parts in MP4, 3GP and MOV formats using software such as My MP4Box GUI capable of splitting the video in a completely automatic way.

Today the situation has changed, and to upload longer videos all you have to do is follow this guide on how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes to Youtube.

First visit the upload page and click on the button Increase your limit, located at the bottom of the page. If not visible it means that you can already upload long videos. Take a look at the Account Features.


YouTube will check the reputation of your account according to the YouTube Community Guidelines. In fact, you can only upload long videos if your account has a good reputation and if there are no worldwide Content ID blocks on your content.

Immediately after, an account verification procedure will follow and Youtube will send you, upon your choice, a code via SMS or automated voice message on your phone.

Note that the maximum file size you can upload is 128 GB for a maximum duration of 11 hours. In case your video is larger than 128GB you can try compress it with a video editor to reduce its size while maintaining its video quality.

So be careful, the video must be in these formats:

  • MPEG-4, 3GPP e MOV - with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec
  • WebM - with VP8 video codec and Vorbis audio codec
  • MPEGPS - with MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio codec
  • WMV
  • FLV - with Adobe-FLV1 video codec and MP3 audio codec


The most common video compression standard for Youtube is to encode it in H.264 codec, which not only guarantees high image quality but is practically present in almost all video editing software.

For uploading videos larger than 2 GB, it is advisable to use an up-to-date browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer with Silverlight.

Before uploading a video, make sure it has the following characteristics:

  • Audio synchronized to video
  • Video formats deinterlacciati
  • High bitrate with very high quality video
  • Export the video directly from the video editing software timeline.

For the publication of the video, from Video Management you have to click on Activate this video. Activated videos will be set by YouTube as private videos in order to check their privacy settings and modify them if needed.

In conclusion, we point out to you Wondersoft Video Converter Ultimate, a video editor with very interesting features, including the ability to compress videos making them much lighter, while maintaining the quality of the movie.

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