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"What is the best way to ensure my videos are always in 1080p quality when uploading to YouTube?"

YouTube's algorithms analyze the encoded bitrate of your video: To be labeled as 1080p, the bitrate must be at least 8 Mbps.

Accurate timestamps for all frames are crucial: If the timestamps are off, even by a fraction of a second, YouTube may downgrade the video quality.

"Sidecar" files are important: These files contain metadata about encoding parameters, helping YouTube determine the final video quality.

H.264 or HEVC codecs are recommended: Using these codecs with appropriate settings, like a GOP size between 10-15 seconds and a CRF of around 23-28, can help maintain video quality.

Higher resolution sources can improve quality: Uploading a 1440p video from a 1080p source can increase bitrate and potentially trigger better codec usage.

YouTube's automatic quality settings depend on network connection: The platform adjusts video quality based on the viewer's internet speed.

Uploading higher resolution videos tricks YouTube: Uploading a 1440p or higher video can force YouTube to process it with a better algorithm, even if it will be scaled down to 1080p.

YouTube's upload process can degrade video quality: Variable frame rates and lower game frame rates during recording can lead to lesser quality uploads.

Game frame rates impact video quality: If you're not running your game at 60fps, quality may decrease during the upload process.

Higher resolution uploads require more data: Lower frame rates require more keyframes for coding, using more data and potentially reducing video quality.

Waiting after uploading improves quality: YouTube takes time to optimize resolution, so initial lower resolution versions might be available first.

YouTube reencodes uploads to a specific bitrate: Regardless of your source, YouTube will reencode your video to approximately 16 Mbps.

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