Fix YouTube Video Upload that Does not Process HD or 4K at All

When you upload a 4K video to YouTube, it will upload the Standard Definition (SD- at 360p), then YouTube will take several hours to process the HD & 4K version of your video.

So it makes sense to keep your uploaded video in private status until the highest definition of your video is processed & ready.

As I am a new content creator on YouTube, I did come across a problem where my uploaded video was stuck in SD resolution & there’s no blinking logo of the ‘HD’ & ‘4K’ logo at all.

If your uploaded video does not have those blinking logos, YouTube is not processing the HD or 4K version, even after several hours.

YouTube video stuck in SD & not processing further
YouTube video stuck in SD & not processing further
What I want to see: Processing HD & 4K
What I want to see: Processing HD & 4K

After Googling & reading multiple forums, I found out what works for me. I can’t guarantee this will work for you, but I reckon it’s worth a shot:

Step 1: Don’t Move Your File Until Processing is Complete

Make sure you don’t move the file until all the max resolution of your file is uploaded.

If you move the original video file while the HD version is processing, I think it makes more sense to cancel & re-upload the video again, making sure not to move the file again the next time.

Step 2: Force YouTube to Re-Process Your Videos Again

You can do this by:

  1. Go to your YouTube studio.
  2. Click on the ‘pencil’ button on the affected video.
  3. Click on the ‘Editor’ tab on the left.
  4. On the top right corner, click on the 3 vertical dots.
  5. Click on ‘Revert to Original’
Revert to Original to reprocess your video
Revert to Original to reprocess your video

Doing this will make YouTube reprocess your video & I can see all the processing resolutions that were missing before. Problem fixed!

All resolutions are currently being processed!
All resolutions are currently being processed!

Hope this was helpful! Anything beyond this, you might need to contact YouTube support. Check out my video in 4K below:

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