Facebook Supported File Formats - Best Upload Formats for Facebook

Diana Joan

Jul 15, 2016 08:10 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Upload video to Facebook

Besides YouTube, Facebook is also a great way for you to share your favorite personal moments or just your new favorite video with a variety of your friends. Uploading video to Facebook with Facebook desktop webiste can be easil completed with the following few steps:
1. Choose Add Photo/Video in the Share box at the top of your Home page or Timeline.
2. Click Upload Photos/Video.
3. Select a video file from your computer.
4. Click Post.

Facebook supported file formats

Sometimes, Facebook video uploading process will become difficult due to incompatible format, codec, size or other issues. Below article will show you Facebook supported file formats and best video profile settings for Facebook uploading.

Facebook supported file formats

When sharing video on Facebook, you are recommended to use the MP4 and MOV format, following are a complete list of the video formats that can be uploaded to Facebook:
3g2, 3gp, 3gpp, asf, avi, dat, divx, dv, f4v, flv, m2ts, m4v, mkv, mod, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, mts, nsv, ogm, ogv, qt, tod, ts, vob, wmv

If the video you plan to upload to Facebook are not included in supported list, you can use a powerful third-party video conversion app such as Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac (best video converter ultimate review) to transcode any incomatpbile file formats such as MXF, H.265/HEVC, XAVC/XAVC S, DJI Phantom 4 4K video, etc. As Facebook does not have the ability to handle 4K video, therefore, it is much idea for you to compress 4K to 1080p for fast and smooth uploading process.

Best video profile settings for Facebook uploading

Sometimes, even your video format are included in Facbook supported ist, you may still encounter other uploading issues such as large video file size, long video length, wrong codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. There, just have a glance at best uploading profile settings for Facebook listed in below tables:

Video Profile settings


The best format to upload to Facebook isH.264 video with AAC audio in MP4 or MOVformat. It currently gives you a great bang for your buck in the file size to relative quality ratio, offering the best video compression available, and due to the file size limitations, this format is the optimal choice for Facebook video. And there's no need to change the parameter during Facebook uploading.


Use a file with the larger edge of the video constrained to1280px. If your video is less than 1280px in size on the larger edge, try to keep your dimensions to multiples of 16px for best compression.

Frame Rate

Usually videos have the best quality if the frame rate is between 25-30 fps. So you are recommended to keep the frame rate of your video at or below30fps.

Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio of the video must be within the range of9x16 to 16x9which most videos should have, and the video exceeding the file size or length that the upload page suggests will be rejected.


There is no recommendation for Bitrate as it highly rests upon codec. So you are suggested to optimize video for resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate rather than bitrate.

Audio Profile settings


MP3 is preferred

Samping Rate

Use stereo audio with a sample rate of 44,100hz.


The number of audio channels will be maintained for stereo and mono streams. 5.1-channel audio will be down-mixed to stereo. All other channel configurations are currently unsupported.

Other tips for Facebook video uploading

- Keep in mind that the maximum length for a video is 120 minutes and the maximum file size is 4.0 GB.
- Check that you're using the latest version of your browser.
- Uploading a video works best when you have a strong network connection.

If you video is longer than 120 minntes, you can use the program Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to trim or cut off video to remove unwanted parts for shortening video length without quality loss, if you file size is large than 4GB, you can also compress your video in the following ways offered by the video compression software - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate mentioned above:
- Output video to a file format with better quality but small file size such as MP4, WMV, FLV
- Lower the frame rate of your video to 15 or 10 fps to reduce file size as much as 1/2 or 2/3
- Lower the video bitrate 20-50% of the default
- Change video resolution from 4K to 1080p or 1080p to 720p, 480p, etc.

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