Once & For All How do I Optimize Video from iMovie for YouTube?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by VideoNewbie, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. VideoNewbie macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    there are tons of tutorials online but they all change every year it seems.

    can someone tell me once & for all what the best settings are to export videos off imovie for a youtube video?

    i tried doing share >>> export movie >>> HD setting playback was smooth but there are still two black bars on the side of my video

    i tried doing manual settings in export using quicktime using this instruction: http://www.applemacvideo.com/imovie/export-imovie-to-youtube.html and that got rid of the black bars but playback was really choppy

    please help.
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    That guide has a couple major flaws. 64kbps audio, seriously? In Step 4 I always recommend going with "Best" "Automatic" quality Multi-Pass instead of a constant bitrate like they recommend (doesn't really matter though as long as your constant bitrate is high enough). Make your image size as high as it will go up to your source video size. And then for Audio make sure you choose the highest bitrate, I use 320kbps AAC Stereo for my videos on YouTube. Fast start should be enabled. The adjustments to dimensions are fine if they succeed in removing the black bars for you. With these new settings if it plays back choppy on YouTube can you show us an example?
  3. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    Sounds like a standard definition camera, which your trying to make to wide screen, getting the two black bars on both sides of the video.

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