These settings have been used successfully to post our videos to Youtube from DV source media.   Source: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/4603579?hl=en and https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171

Video settings

  • Format: MPEG-2 (or MPEG-4) using 1080p resolution is preferred.
  • Container: MP4.
  • Video Codec (for MPEG-4): H.264
  • Frame Rate: 24 is preferred. 23.98, 25, 29.97, 30 are also acceptable.  Do not use resampling.
  • Bitrate: 10 Mbps but higher is ok.
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Resolutions:
    • 1080p: 1920×1080
    • 720p: 1280×720
  • Data Rate: Automatic
  • Key Frames: Automatic
  • Frame Reordering: Unchecked

Audio/Sound settings

  • Format: AAC preferred.  For MPEG-2: MPEG Layer II or Dolby AC-3
  • Bitrate:
    Mono 128 kbps
    Stereo 384 kbps
  • File formats supported:
    • MP3 audio in MP3/WAV container
    • PCM audio in WAV container
    • AAC audio in MOV container
    • FLAC audio

Other settings

  • Size: Choose the original size of the video