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Upload Mavic Pro Videos to YouTube with Best Video Quality

Upload Mavic Pro Videos to YouTube with Best Video Quality

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For professionals and drone enthusiasts alike, the DJI Mavic Pro is the perfect marriage of unparalleled flying ability, a high quality camera, and a low profile design. As for the recording capability, its camera shoots both 4K video (up to 4096 x 2160) at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at 96 frames per second in an MO wrapper with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec. Wish to post and upload Mavic Pro Video to YouTube with people all around the world? A lot of people try to directly upload the footage with the built-in “YouTube upload option” offered by video editor program, however, the video quality on YouTube is always not that satisfy, some even downgraded to lower resolution just as the conditions listed below:

“Please help. I’m a complete noob to droning and photography. I watched plenty of videos on YouTube prior to buying my Mavic Pro so I felt confident. Last on my first flight I kept all the settings as standard and took a night video of the skyline in 720p. When I used the DJI GO app to create my video the quality did not look great, then when I uploaded it to YouTube and it downgraded the quality further to 480p. I’m obviously not following the right purpose so please can someone give me a step by step guide on what to do once I’ve recorded the video.”

 DJI Mavic Pro

Best uploading settings for YouTube

To fix above listed problem, you should first be clear of what are the best uploading formats and settings for YouTube displayed below:

Container: MP4

Video codec: H.264
Progressive scan not interlacing
High Profile
2 consecutive B frames
Closed GOP. GOP of half the frame rate.
Variable bitrate, no bit rate limit required, though we offer recommended bit rates below for reference,
Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0

Audio codec: AAC-LC
Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
Sample rate 96khz or 48khz

Compatible Frame rate and bit rate for 4K/1080p/720p uploading

SDR uploads


Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate
(24, 25, 30)

Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate
(48, 50, 60)

2160p (4k)

35-45 Mbps

53-68 Mbps

1440p (2k)









HDR uploads


Video Bitrate, Standard Frame Rate
(24, 25, 30)

Video Bitrate, High Frame Rate
(48, 50, 60)

2160p (4k)

44-56 Mbps

66-85 Mbps

1440p (2k)

20 Mbps

30 Mbps


10 Mbps

15 Mbps


6.5 Mbps

9.5 Mbps

Resolution and aspect ratio

YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you’re uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed correctly as well, with pillar boxes (black bars on the left and right) or letter boxes (black bars at the top and bottom) provided by the player.

Time and file size limitations for YouTube video upload

Size: Make sure you’re using an up-to-date version of your browser so you can upload files greater than 20GB. The maximum file size you can upload to YouTube is 128GB.
Length: By default, you can upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long, but you can upload longer videos by following the steps below to verify your account.
1. go to the upload page at
2. At the bottom of the page, click Increase your limit. You can also go directly to
3. Follow the steps to verify your account. You can choose to receive a verification code through a text message on a mobile phone or an automated voice call.
4. Once you’ve verified your account, you can upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes long

Detailed video footage specification of DJI Mavic Pro

Video Format

Video Resolutions and Frame Rate

Video Bit rate

Recording Media

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 in MOV wrapper

DCI 4K (4096 x 2160): 24p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 24/25/30p
2.7K (2704 x 1520): 24/25/30p
FHD (1920 x 1080): 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD (1280 x 720): 24/25/30/48/50/60/120/180p

60 Mbps

microSDHC/SDXC card up to 64 GB

Upload Mavic Pro video to YouTube with best format and settings

From above lists, we can see that the original format and profile formats of Mavic Pro video doesn’t perfectly comply with the best uploading format and settings standard by YouTube. Therefore, to smoothly post Mavic Pro 4K/2K/1080P/720P video to YouTube with the best quality, you will not only need to perform a codec transcoding process but also a profile settings adjustment process. Here, you can easily get the job done with this powerful yet simple to use application – Pavtube Video Converter (review), which not only facilitate you to wrap DJI Mavic Pro H.264 MOV to YouTube best favorable H.264 MP4 format, but also gives you the chance to flexibly adjust other uploading profile parameters to out the compatible audio codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, channels, sample rate, etc for YouTube uploading listed above.

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Trim/Split/Adjust output video aspect ratio

If the Mavic Pro video is longer than 15 minutes, you can shorten the video length with the trimming function to cut off unwanted parts from the video. If the Mavic video file size is over than 20GB, you can split the large file into small segments by file size, count or length. When you try to upload Mavic Pro 2.7K video with the resolution of 2704×1520 to YouTube, you will need to adjust the output video aspect ratio to let it adapt with YouTube best favorable uploading aspect ratio 16:9.

For Mac users, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to get the job comeplted on Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra.

How to Upload DJI Mavic Pro 4K/2K/1080P/720P Video to YouTube with Best Quality?

Step 1: Load DJI Mavic Pro video into the program.

Start the program on your computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import DJI Mavic Pro 4K/2K/1080P/720P video.

Load DJI Mavic Pro video

Step 2: Output Youtube best uploading format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, choose YouTube best compatible uploading format from “Common VIdeo” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)”.

Output Youtube best uploading format

Step 3: Tweak encoding settings for YouTube upload.

Click “Hit “Settings” to open the “Profile Settings” window, here you can adjust the output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels to let them fit them YouTube.

Output best uploading settings for YouTube

Step 3: Trim/Split/Adjust video output apsect ratio.

Trim video length

In the video editor window, choose the “Trim” tab and this tab is selected by default when the editing window appears. You can use the trim function to cut off unwanted parts from start and end. You can either drag pointers on the process bar or set exact time point in Start and End boxes to set to reduce video length to no more than 15 minutes for YouTube uploading.

Trim video length

Split large file into small pieces

Click the split button on the file list to launch the Video Split window. Ticking “Enable” option, you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.

Split large file into small pieces

Change output video aspect ratio

Go the “Crop” tab in the “Video Editor” Window, switch to the “Advanced Mode”. To change output video aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1, you can choose YouTube accepted 16:9 aspect ratio. Once you select a “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio.

Change output video aspect ratio

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert Mavic Pro video to YouTube best uploading formats and settings.

When the conversion is completed, you can smoothly upload and share DJI Mavic Pro 4K/2K/1080P/720P video on YouTube smoothly with perfect quality.

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