A marvel of engineering and design, the Mavic Air was built to go wherever adventure takes you. Inheriting the best of the Mavic series, this ultraportable and foldable drone features high-end flight performance and functionality for limitless exploration. The Mavic Air is the most portable DJI drone to house a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, with its angular vibration range reduced to 0.005°. Set in a triangular formation, gimbal dampeners help create even steadier shots. Best of all the Mavic Air shoots video at an incredible 4K 30 fps, recording at 100 Mbps to capture every second with UHD quality.
With it, uploading the 4K footage to your Youtube channel and share with thousands of friends will be a pleasure. However, what really matter here is how to smoothly upload DJI Mavic Air 4K video to YouTube with the best quality.
Best 4K upload format and settings for YouTube
Before going any further, you should first be clear of the best 4K format and settings for YouTube uploading and sharing.
Video codec: H.264
Progressive scan not interlacing
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
Frame rate and bit rate to view 4K uploads on 4K TV with YouTube
24/25/30 fps standard frame rate – 35-45 Mbps
48/50/60fps High Frame Rate – 53-68 Mbps
24/25/30 fps standard frame rate – 44-56 Mbps
48/50/60fps High Frame Rate – 66-85 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: Up to 2GB
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 youtube.com/upload.
2. At the bottom of the page, click Increase your limit. You can also go directly to https://www.youtube.com/verify.
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.
Transcode DJI Mavic Air for Youtube
From above lists, we can see that to smoothly upload DJI Mavic Air 4K footage at 30fps with 100 mbps to Youtube, you have to adjust the output bit rate to Youube accecpted bit rate range: 66-85. But how? A professional 4K Youtube Converter called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac (reivew), which not only allows you to adjust DJI Mavic Air 4K footage bit rate, but also grants you to do some change to video audio codec, resolution, frame rate, channels, and more.
With this converter, you are able to edit DJI Mavic Air 4K footage before you output, such as you can merge several 4k footage parts into one, trim to cut the part you don’t need, crop the black area or the area you want to cut, remove or replace the audio of the source video, add external subtitle to the 4K footage, more thing you can do please refer to this article.
Step by Step to Upload DJI Mavic Air 4K to YouTube with Best Uploading Settings
Step 1: Load DJI Mavic Air 4K 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 Air 4K video.
Step 2: Output Youtube best uploading format for 4K video.
Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, choose YouTube best compatible uploading format from "Common VIdeo" > "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)".
Step 3: Tweak encoding settings for YouTube upload.
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.
Step 4: Edit video file.
If the 4K video is longer than 15 minutes, you can shorten the video length with the trimming function to set the start time and end time to remove unwanted clips from the video. Moreover, you can get more perfect 4K video by remove or replace the sound of the 4k footage.
Step 5: Start the conversion.
Start DJI Mavic Air 4K video to YouTube best format conversion by hitting the right bottom convert button, when the conversion is over, you will have no limitation to upload and share DJI Mavic Air 4K video on YouTube with fast speed and perfect quality.