Why is My Video on YouTube Blurry?

There could be a couple of reasons why your video on YouTube is blurry. even when you’ve uploaded a good quality video.

Check out the following solutions to see if they work for you.

Wait for YouTube to Fully Process Your Video

If the problem occurs right after you upload your video, chances are YouTube is still processing the video.

While processing your video, YouTube will offer a lower resolution version of it, usually at 360p.

So, you could do well to wait up to 30 minutes to see a higher quality version. This could, however, take longer, depending on your video length.

If you upload a video in 1080p or 4K, expect to wait longer before you can view a higher quality video.

Also, if you’ve uploaded a 720p version of your video, don’t expect YouTube to upscale it to 1080p.

Make sure you encode your video in the MP4 H. 264 video codec and AAC audio codec for best results.

Tweak YouTube Video Quality Settings

If your video has been processed and available for viewing, you may want to check your Youtube Video settings to see if it’s set at the maximum quality available. .

You do this by going to the settings panel. on the YouTube video.player.

First, you click on the Settings button. When the box pops up, check the quality. In most instances, it will be set to Auto. In our case here, we can see that it’s set to Auto 480p.

When we click on the resolution arrow, we’ll see more quality options.

We can now see that the highest quality available is 1080p. Select the highest quality possible.

One thing to bear in mind is choosing the highest quality, especially 1080p would require you to have a fast Internet connection. Otherwise, you may have to put up with video buffering.

How to Make Your YouTube Videos Clearer

If after waiting for YouTube to process your video and it still doesn’t show quality improvement, here’s a quick fix that may have escaped your attention.

Manipulate Your Video Bitrate

If you’re not satisfied with your video quality on YouTube, chances are your videos are being displayed at a lower bitrate.

As a guide, if you’re uploading at 1080p, output it on 60fps, as Youtube offers you a bitrate of up to 12Mbps.

Also try exporting your video in 4K even if you’ve shot it in 1080p.

With 4K, you get bitrate ranging from 35 to 45 Mbps for 30fps and 53to 68 Mbps for 60fps.

This video bitrate manipulation should hopefully allow you to fix blurry YouTube videos.

Be reminded though that higher bitrates would lead to bigger file sizes which increases video upload time.