Specifically... go to youtube and read what THEY say they want... and be aware that it has changed over time, so what they say TODAY may not be the same as next week
Very important is quality of your source video.
If there is too much noise you must apply noise reduction first.
Dont change frame rate.
If the source video is interlace you must deinterlace it."Separate fields" with "preserve edges" option in After Effects is good solution.
Also some basic adjustment like Levels etc. is good idea.
Now if you can upload your video in source format it is best for quality when Youtube encode it, but it is time consuming upload.
Best compromise is to encode video In h264 codec.
I use MainConcept Reference encoder for this but you can use AME.
Here is my settings for PAL/NTSC SD source example,
Codec H.264/AVC Pro
Profile H.264 High
TV system PAL/NTSC
Frame rate 25/30 fps
Widh 640 px
Heigh 480 px
Average 4000 kbps
Maximum 8000 kbps
2 pass encoding
Set keyframe at scene change
Stereo Audio,Sample Rate 44.1Khz, and Bitrate 192 kbps
AUDIO and VIDEO mux in MP4 file
...or you can just use one of AMEs Youtube preset.
Also if your audio is 48Khz you better go first to Audition and resample there to 44.1Khz with pre/post filter on and quality set to High 999, because audio resampling is very critical proces for quality and Auditions resampler is one of the best on market.
What is your source file?
Message was edited by: lestra7 Oh I am an idiot,dont see you have CS2, sorry.
Ok, I used Mpeg2 format
1280 x 720 for size
that made me happy !!
they changed settings once again !!
Video Resolution Recommended: Original resolution of your video - for HD it is 1920x1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720. Bit rate Because bit-rate is highly dependent on codec there is no recommended or minimum value. Videos should be optimized for resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate rather than bit rate. Frame rate The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling. In particular pulldown and other frame rate re-sampling techniques are strongly discouraged. Codec H.264 or MPEG-2 preferred. Preferred containers FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 Audio Codec MP3 or AAC preferred Preferred containers FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 Sampling rate 44.1kHz Channels 2 (stereo)
Thanks to everyone for their feedback but what I am looking for is what settings people USING PPro CS2 have found to be effective. I am aware of what YouTube says that they want and I have tried to use those settings with very mixed results. It appears that their preferred codec is H.264 but I can't get that to work no matter what I try. When I select that I always get the "Invalid Media" error/warning. The footage I'm currently trying to upload was shot at 720p and 60fps. This is all very frustrating.
Ha, ha! Your question should be "what is the second best" since you can't get H264 to work.
Are you trying to get the high def version on YouTube? I assume so. A non-H264 version is going to take time to export, and it will be a big file.
The other problem is that the characteristics of your footage may have an effect.