Sony and YouTube: Upload XDCAM videos to YouTube

This tutorial helps you upload Sony XDCAM videos to YouTube without any issue.

“Hi there – I’m shooting in XDCAM (1920 x 1080) and need to upload to youtube. I was wondering if I had to downscale 1080p to 720p as recommended by youtube – for my video? Or do you have any tip for transferring Sony XDCAM videos to YouTube? Thanks for your help!”

XDCAM is a series of products for digital recording using random access solid-state memory media, introduced by Sony in 2003. It employs MXF container to store digital audio/digital video streams that keeps YouTube from uploading. If you want to upload Sony XDCAM files to YouTube for sharing, you need to convert Sony XDCAM to YouTube supported file formats first.

YouTube Dimensions

1. File size for YouTube

Video file size is limited to 2GB for YouTube uploading.

2. Best video size for YouTube

Since YouTube applies 16:9 aspect ratio players, uploading a 16:9 video file could be the best choice. The following resolution plans are the frequently-used ones.

240p: 426×240 || 360p: 640×360 || 480p: 854×480 || 720p: 1280×720 || 1080p: 1920×1080 || 1440p (2k): 2560×1440 || 2160p (4k): 3840 x 2160

Frustrated? Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a common Sony XDCAM Converter like Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac. With it, you can freely convert XDCAM MXF videos to YouTube friendly video formats. If you are a PC user, pls turn to Brorsoft MXF Converter windows version. Just get the program and follow the step-by-step guide on how to convert XDCAM videos to YouTube in a few clicks!

How to Encode Sony XDCAM MXF to YouTube

Step 1: Set up and run Sony XDCAM to YouTube converter on computer, and click “Add” button to import original Sony XDCAM MXF videos to the program.

Step 2: Click Format bar to select an output format. To share your Sony XDCAM videos on YouTube, .mov, .mpeg4, .avi, .3gp format from Common Video are all the proper formats.

Tip: Go to Settings page to adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to optimize the quality. For uploading, you can down-size your files to 1280*720 to speed up your uploading progress.

Step 3: If you want to do some simple edits before conversion, you can click this “Pencil” icon to enter into this interface below. In this UI, you can trim, crop or adjust the video with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want.

Step 4: Click Convert button to start the Sony XDCAM to YouTube conversion. When the conversion ends, you can tap the Open button to locate the converted files.

Now, it is much easy for you to upload the encoded Sony XDCAM MXF videos to YouTube.

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