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How Do You Upload a WMV File to YouTube

by Christine Smith • 2024-07-03 14:02:37 • Proven solutions

Have you ever wanted to share the downloaded or saved WMV videos with your family and friends on YouTube? Or just show off your own creative video in Windows Movie Maker around the world? In that case, you might get stuck while trying to upload your WMV video to YouTube. If you are looking for an effective solution, this article will explain why you are unable to upload WMV files directly to YouTube and show you an easy workaround to upload your video to YouTube.

Part 1. Why can't upload WMV to YouTube.

YouTube accepts videos in most popular formats, but currently the WMV file type is not supported. That's because YouTube does not recognize the encoding in the audio and video streams of WMV files. To successfully upload your WMV videos to YouTube, you have to first convert them to YouTube supported formats first. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to see a list of all YouTube support formats.

If you saved your video from Windows Movie Maker as project, you'll end up with an MSWMM file. MSWMM is not a video file but a project file, which is neither supported by YouTube nor allows you to play it on any other media player. To upload this type of video to YouTube, you will have to convert it to WMV first in Windows Movie Maker and then continue with the tutorial in Part 2.

Part 2. How to effectively convert WMV to YouTube.

To convert your WMV files you will need specialized converter software. We highly recommend using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate). This is one of the most easy-to-use and professional WMV to YouTube converter, which not only enables you to convert WMV to FLV, AVI and any other YouTube supported formats, but helps to convert to the optimized video setting for YouTube.

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The step-by-step guide below will show you how to convert WMV to YouTube FLV videos easily and efficiently.

Step 1 Add WMV video to Wondershare WMV to YouTube converter.

Launch Wondershare WMV to YouTube converter, then click the add files icon in Wondershare UniConverter button on the top-left to impport the WMV video you want to upload to YouTube. You can also directly drag and drop your desired WMV video to the primary interface.

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Note: Wondershare WMV to YouTube Converter supports batch conversion. If you have added multiple files, you can change the processing order and the output file name. You can also preview the WMV video by clicking the Play icon in the middle of the video thumbnail.

Step 2 Choose a YouTube-friendly format FLV.

Go to the Target section and click the choose icon to get a full list of output format. Here we recommend FLV. To choose FLV as output format, just click Video > FLV and specify a resolution in the right. As an alternative, you can go to Video > YouTube to convert WMV to optimized video settings for YouTube direcrtly.

convert wmv to youtube supported format for easy sharing

Tips: You can further tweak your conversion profile by clicking the + Create Custom button. In addition, Wondershare WMV to YouTube converter also comes with tons of video editing features to help you create the perfect video, such as trim, crop, add subtitle, apply effects, etc.

Step 3 Start converting WMV to YouTube for uploading.

When you are ready to start converting your files, just hit the Start All button in the bottom right to proceed. And you can see the size of the output file and how much time the process will take.

Once the WMV to YouTube conversion ends, you can click the folder-like icon in the bottom to get the converted video in .flv or other YouTube compatible formats. Now just upload WMV to YouTube as you always do!

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Part 3. External knowledge: YouTube supported formats.

If you're not sure which format to save your video as or are getting an invalid file format error message when you're uploading, check the table below and make sure that you’re using one of the following formats.

YouTube Compatible Format YouTube Incompatible Format
.mov .mkv
.mpeg4 .m2ts
.mp4 .avchd
.avi .vob
.flv .dat
.3gpp .mod
.webm .tod
.mpeg-ps .asf
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