Lesson in scheduling 4k videos on YouTube

R-Rated

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Last night I get a notification that @HippoDrone was perplexed why my 26 minute video was only playing at 360 res.

So first thing was the video was not supposed to go live yet but that was not why it was only playing low res.

I found that even when I upload a 4k video, YouTube has a lag in processing the data. It first processes at low res then higher one level at a time.

Here is the kicker, I reuploaded the video starting at 10 pm. It showed 360. At 5 am it showed at 1080. Now at 8:30 am it is showing at full 4K.

So lesson is, if you want your audience to have the full resolution, it may be best to schedule for it to go live a day or so after you upload.

And @HippoDrone thank you for catching that. Tune in Thursday for the full res. :cool:
 

HippoDrone

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I've had real issues with YouTube reaching full res in the past. I always schedule uploads now, although the changes to the uploader recently had a vid go live before I wanted it to as well. Glad you got it sorted mate.
 

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Still use the old uploader because of problems like that, that i have heard of.

YT always was a bit slow, but normally you could upload a video 3 hours before it went live to get it to go live at 1080.
Nowadays, no idea xD
 

R-Rated

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Still use the old uploader because of problems like that, that i have heard of.

YT always was a bit slow, but normally you could upload a video 3 hours before it went live to get it to go live at 1080.
Nowadays, no idea xD
I did use the Classic mode. I am not a fan of the new one since it forces step by step.
 

WheelyPerd

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I've always had a suspicion of this, cause of my tech background. I suppose it takes time to work through all the uploads and convert them all into better formats. I know YT format videos for mobile first, then desktop.

I wonder if more popular youtubers get their videos converted first in the queue?
 
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Meifesto

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I've always had a suspicion of this, cause of my tech background. I suppose it takes time to work through all the uploads and convert them all into better formats. I know YT format videos for mobile first, then desktop.

I wonder if more popular youtubers get their videos converted first in the queue?
For as far as i'm aware bigger channels also always have these problems.
So they tend to upload and schedule, or give a warning on the sm that people need to wait an hour or so ;)
 

humes

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Hey all - good lesson here. My 1080p uploads have been pretty quick, but I just did a 10 minute 2.7k render (2720x1530) and it took about an hour to finally process. 2.7k is what rendered the video as vp09 codec as well, so that was the nugget I needed to make 1080p look fine as well.

So for me I'm thinking 10 min video = 2 hour buffer at least from time of upload to time of launch; will keep making note of the timing in coming weeks.
 
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STR-Rider

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I also prefer to schedule all videos, gives me a chance to double check things, ensure the thumb is correct, triple check tags.
Pretty much the same. Anything 2.7k or above, I try to give a one-day lead time before it goes out. Processing time, detail checks, fixing typos and adjusting small details.
 

Moto Mengy

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I just upload new videos as private, then wait until the YT processing is done and the little HD symbol shows up in Youtube Studio, then I know it's ready to go public. I haven't scheduled anything yet, I just set it manually when I have my thumb, title, description, and tags ready.

I've done all of my videos at 2.7K so I get the vp09 codec, but I haven't bothered with 4K yet because my 10 year old PC doesn't like editing 4K vids! :D
 
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Meifesto

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I do schedule everything.
It makes it easy; i can edit whenever i want, i can upload whenever i want, and i can do the tags and information etc whenever i want.

And for the subs it means they know on what day and time they can expect a new video, as those are standard.
 

humes

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Good tips guys - took it to heart and uploaded my next video today for a scheduled release tomorrow at 10 am.

I'll have to now take a deeper dive into when the best time(s) are to release videos, generally. I like what Meifesto said about giving viewers an expectation of what days and times; so just a matter of what time to use as standard.
 

LoneWolfer

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I didn't know I had a choice to you the "classic uploader"! And yeah, when i am actually getting video's out I schedule it for the next day unless its on xmas, thanksgiving, etc. and I want it out that very day.
 
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lupin

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One day YouTube will give you the data on what resolution people watch in.

I still wonder how many people actually watch in 4K in the first place.
 

humes

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One day YouTube will give you the data on what resolution people watch in.

I still wonder how many people actually watch in 4K in the first place.
I like to think that recording in 2.7K / 4K will be worth it when we look back in a few years, regardless of current usage. Don't you hate when you look at old footage and it's 480p or worse ? So I keep that in mind mainly.
 
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