YouTube is one of the most popular video sharing website in the world. And you can share the video made by yourself with other people. Try MiniTool software to make a cool YouTube video. However, have you ever experienced the issue below: you have tried to upload the MP4 to YouTube, but YouTube says this MP4 file fails to be recognized?

When you can't upload MP4 video to YouTube, a message may appear on the screen saying like this: "File format not recognized", "Unsuccessful uploads", "Request Timed-out" or "Error", etc. This article will give a detailed explanation for this error and show the methods to solve it.

Can't Upload MP4 to YouTube

When you search this problem on Google, you will be told YouTube does support the MP4 format. It makes you more confused. So why is this error happening?

Reason 1: YouTube Cannot Support the MP4 Codec

MP4 is a container format, which means that it can store multiple codecs of video, audio, subtitle data, and so on. However, YouTube is only compatible with MPEG-4, H.264 video and AAC audio. Therefore, it’s necessary to know the best video format for YouTube.

Solution: Convert the MP4 Video to YouTube Format

In this case, what you should do is to convert your MP4 files to other formats that are compatible with YouTube. MiniTool Movie Maker is a nice converter for you to take into consideration. It supports a wide range of formats. With this excellent software, you can easily upload your MP4 video to YouTube. Here are the step-by-step guides.

Step 1. Download and launch MiniTool Movie Maker, and click Full-Feature Mode to enter its main interface.

Step 2. Click Import Media File to import the MP4 video that you want to convert and hit OK.

Step 3. Move the mouse to the MP4 video and then click + to add it to the video track or drag and drop the target files to the video track directly.

Step 4. Then click Export.

Step 5. Choose a file format that is compatible with YouTube, make advanced settings and click Export to execute the convert operation.

choose a format that is compatible with YouTube

Step 6. Select Find Target to locate the video or select Close to exit.

After these operations, your MP4 video is converted to YouTube formats successfully.

Reason 2: The Size of MP4 Video Is Too Big

The size of MP4 file is also a reason for this problem. And YouTube only allows you to upload a 2GB video directly. Besides, bigger the size of MP4 video is, the longer the uploading time can be. Once the Internet disconnects suddenly, the MP4 video fails to upload.

Solution: Shrink the MP4 Video

If you failed to upload the MP4 video to YouTube as a result of its large size, shrinking it must be your best choice. MiniTool Movie Maker can not only support to change the file format, but also support to shrink the video. It offers 2 methods to helps you shrink the video size easily.

Step 1. Download and launch MiniTool Movie Maker, and click Full-Feature Mode to enter its main interface.

Step 2. Click Import Media Files to import your MP4 file.

Step 3. Move the mouse to the MP4 video and then click + to add it to the video track or drag and drop the target files to the video track directly.

Option 1. Trim video

Select the video in the storyboard, and then click the Scissor icon to get the Split/Trim window. Then move the Vertical Line along the track to the point where you wish a clip to begin or end, and click the Scissor icon.

Related article: How to Trim Video Easily (Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures)

Option 2. Change video resolution

To reduce video file size, you can choose a smaller video resolution from the drop-list of Resolution. Lower the resolution is, smaller the file size can be.

trim video thumbnail

Step 4. Click the Export button.

Step 5. Make some advanced settings in the pop-up window and click Export to finish all operations.

Step 6. Select Find Target to locate the video or select Close to exit.

How to fix "can’t upload MP4 to YouTube" error? After reading this post, it would be a piece of cake.

Bottom Line

Now it’s your turn. Try these two methods to solve "can’t upload MP4 to YouTube" issue. If you have any question or suggestion about uploading MP4 to YouTube, please let us know via [email protected] or share it in the comments section below.

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