You need to pay very close attention to YouTube’s dimension requirements before publishing your YT Shorts.
Ignore the dimension requirements, and you’ll find your client videos cropped or adjusted in the most unflattering, undesirable manner.
That’s bad, of course, because when your videos are displayed poorly, you’ll get fewer views, engagements, and shares.
TL;DR: If you want your clients’ videos to rake in engagements and views, you must use the correct YouTube Shorts dimensions.
This ultimate guide covers everything you need to know about nailing your clients’ YouTube Shorts dimensions.
Let’s jump right in.
Getting the right YouTube Shorts dimensions for your clients’ content includes the following perks.
The same applies to YouTube’s algorithm—it favors content that engages viewers.
If your clients’ Shorts fit the screen just right and are visually appealing and engaging, the algorithm will likely recommend the content to more viewers.
Below are the YouTube Shorts dimensions you should know to help your clients create engaging and compliant videos.
While the standard YouTube video size requires a 16:9 ratio, Shorts must have a 9:16 aspect ratio with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The YouTube Shorts aspect ratio and resolution ensure your clients’ videos display in their best quality on mobile devices (where Shorts are commonly viewed).
Use a vertical format (in full screen) to create YouTube Shorts.
YouTube Shorts can be a continuous video up to 60 seconds long.
You can also create a combination of 15-second video clips, which allow you to be more creative with your clients’ YouTube Shorts.
The YouTube Shorts file size can be up to 128 GB or 12 hours.
YouTube Shorts supports the following formats:
YouTube recommends the following display resolutions for landscape Shorts videos:
YouTube lets you use audio from the platform’s Shorts music library or other sound clips from other videos as long as you follow the rules and policies on copyright.
YouTube supports the following audio file formats:
Read YouTube’s audio file guidelines to learn more.
Besides the video dimensions, consider the following components to help drive engagement and more views for your clients’ YouTube Shorts.
Your best bet is to keep your client’s Shorts title well, short—with important keywords at the beginning of the title.
This way, viewers get a good idea of your clients’ content, enticing them to tap and watch the video.
The descriptions let viewers know if your client’s video is relevant to them or if it’s something they can enjoy.
Descriptions can also boost the video’s discoverability, helping it reach and engage more viewers.
The best way to adjust your client’s video dimensions for YouTube Shorts is to use a video editing tool.
For instance, Canva’s free video editing tool makes editing and creating YouTube Shorts videos quick and easy with these steps:
Step 1: Open Canva online.
Go to Canva and enter “YouTube Shorts” in the search bar.
You can choose a blank layout or a ready-to-use, customizable Shorts template for your clients’ videos.
Step 2: Upload the video
Upload the video clips you want to include in your client’s Shorts.
Then, drag and drop the clips on the timeline.
You can also find high-quality and royalty-free stock videos in Canva’s media library.
Step 3: Customize and edit the video
Customize the Shorts video by cutting, trimming, or lengthening each frame’s duration.
You can do this by dragging the timeline’s slider.
You can also slow down or speed up moments your clients want to highlight.
Add more customizations using the editing tools.
You can apply fancy transitions between frames, add some pizzazz by animating elements, and include background tracks from the music library or upload your clients’ sound clips.
Sprinkle more texts, such as subtitles and captions, and apply filters to make your clients’ Shorts pop.
Remember to keep the entire video within 60 seconds or less.
Step 4: Save and share the video
Once you’re done, download the video as a high-resolution MP4 file.
The video will have the right YouTube Shorts format and dimensions since you used a template.
After downloading, you can upload and share the video on YouTube Shorts.
You can also share the video directly to other social media platforms and apps, such as when you want to share a YouTube video on Instagram Story.
Steer clear of these common mistakes to ensure you get your clients’ YouTube Shorts dimensions right.
As a busy social media manager, publishing your multiple clients’ YouTube Shorts should be seamless.
Enter Vista Social, a modern social media management solution that simplifies and streamlines managing, organizing, and publishing YouTube Shorts and other social media content.
The platform makes it easy to turn your clients’ YouTube channel ideas and Shorts dream content into reality.
The best part? You can schedule your clients’ YouTube Shorts to auto-publish on optimal dates and times.
Upload your client’s 60-second (or less) video to Vista Social, open their linked profile, and add the video details.
Then, customize your client’s post by adding captions and selecting the video settings.
Once done, you can save the post as a draft, publish it instantly, add it to a scheduled post queue for a specific day, or select a posting schedule.
Vista Social’s optimization algorithms can automatically schedule your content to publish at times proven to drive audience engagement.
This way, you’ll know the best time to post on YouTube Shorts without wasting too much time and effort.
You’ll see all the drafts, previously published content, existing YouTube videos, and scheduled posts in a centralized content calendar for easy tracking and management.
Vista Social’s YouTube management tools for business include other cool features that help you:
Author and speaker Dave Willis once said…
Vista Social can be your ticket to help your clients achieve this.
Read up on the top questions people ask about YouTube Shorts dimensions below.
The 9:16 aspect ratio is best for vertical videos that you commonly see when watching on mobile phones.
The 9:16 aspect ratio (also ideal for Short form video platforms like Instagram and TikTok) is a perfect 90-degree flip of the 16:9 video.
Yes, using video editors and converters with features that let you change the aspect ratio.
However, some parts of your YouTube video can be cut off when changing between aspect ratios.
Technically, you can create YouTube Shorts with a 1:1 aspect ratio and 1080 x 1080 dimensions, making them square.
However, square videos look smaller, especially on the YouTube mobile app.
So you’re better off sticking to the recommended YouTube Shorts format and dimensions for best-quality videos.
Knowing the right YouTube Shorts dimensions and sticking to them ensures your clients’ videos display correctly.
It gives viewers a better viewing experience, giving your clients’ videos more views and engagement–or even getting you more channel subscriptions.
Use Vista Social to manage your clients’ YT accounts and publish YouTube Shorts more efficiently.
Sign up for a Vista Social account to better understand why the SMM platform is a game-changer.
About the Author
Jimmy Rodela is a social media and content marketing consultant with over 9 years of experience, with work appearing on sites such as Business.com, Yahoo, SEMRush, and SearchEnginePeople. He specializes in social media, content marketing, SaaS, small business strategy, marketing automation, and content development.
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