Can I upload Red One 4K R3D Video to YouTube?

Can I upload Red One 4K R3D Video to YouTube?

Category : 4K Cameras , 4K Formats , 4K Share

Red One is the first 4K digital cinema camera from RED Digital Cinema. Since its arrival, it has established a pedigree of Oscar winning films, 3D features, and even magazine covers that have solidified its reputation as a reliable workhorse. After recording 4K footage as REDCODE RAW (.r3d) files with RED ONE cameras, don’t just leave it sitting on your device — upload it to YouTube for the whole world to see.

Generally speaking, YouTube accepts video files in format of FLV, AVI, MP4, etc., and in purpose of making Red One 4K R3D files workable for YouTube, you have to convert R3D video files to YouTube compatible format in advance.

See YouTube Supported Formats List:

WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – (typically supporting h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
AVI (Many cameras output this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
MPEGPS (Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)

Besides this, YouTube also has two more other limitations.

Uploaded file size: up to 2 GB for standard accounts.
Uploaded file length: up to 15 minutes for standard accounts, and longer than 15 minutes for partner accounts.

Another important, you have to adjust the video bitrate, frame rate for your Red One 4K R3D video before putting to YouTube.

Here iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is a highly recommended tool to achieve the goal. (Read review) With this 4K R3D to YouTube converter, you can fast convert Red One 4K R3D videos to YouTube most compatible format without quality loss. What’s more, with the built-in video editor, it’s freely for you to trim the 4K videos into multiple segments with short duration. The most important is that, it allows you to modify the video bitrate, frame rate, video size, audio channel, etc for your original 4K clips for easier uploading. If you are working on Windows PC, please get 4K Video Converter. Now I share the step-by-step solution converting/uploading Red One 4K R3D to YouTube.

P.S. Before uploading Red One 4K video to YouTube for sharing with more guys, you can edit 4K video in FCP /Premiere/Avid or iMovie on Mac OS X to get your video to the next level.

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Convert and Upload Red One 4K R3D Video to YouTube on Mac OS X El Capitan

Step 1. Import Red One 4K R3D files

Copy the Red One 4K R3D files to your hard drive. Drag & drop video files to the 4K video converter after launching it. Or click “Add video” button to locate the files you want to add.  

Step 2. Select output format

Click Format bar to select an output format. To share your Red One movies on YouTube, FLV, AVI, MP4 format from Common Video or HD Video are all the proper formats.

Step 3. Advanced Settings

You can also press the Settings button to adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to optimize the quality. As far as I know, Youtube’s maximum 4K bitrate is 45Mbps and it doesn’t work with 60fps 4k video well. You can set the video frame rate like 24fps. (Learn how to compress 4K to 1080p)

And keep in mind, YouTube always recompress uploaded video, so upload the best, highest resolution you can. (See recommended upload encoding settings for YouTube)

Step 4. Edit/Split your 4K movie

Click “Edit selected task” button and you can trim, crop or adjust the your original video with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want.

Tip: If the video clips you’ve trimmed are still longer than 15 minutes, you can choose to split the 4K movie into smaller parts so as to share on YouTube without limit. Click the Split icon in the main interface, and you can cut your files according to time length and file size.

Step 5: Start the conversion

Finally, click “Start conversion” to start Red One 4K R3D to YouTube conversion. When the conversion ends, you can tap the Open button to locate the converted files.

Step 6. Upload to YouTube

To upload your video to YouTube, follow the instructions on the YouTube site.

  • Sign into YouTube
  • Click the Upload link at the top of the page
  • Select the converted mp4 files to upload from your computer

Now your Red One 4K R3D video is now in a compatible format for uploading and sharing on YouTube with your friends, families, and fans at ease.

Editor’s Note: Keep in mind that YouTube doesn’t process all resolutions at the same speed. So generally, the lower resolutions, 144p, 240p, 480p show up first followed by higher resolutions and then sometimes a day later 2K and 4K resolutions. So make sure you are giving it enough time as well.

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