Content is king. If you have good content, the quality of the video is irrelevant. My most popular video was shot on a Samsung Galaxy S2, handheld! The video quality is crap, but people love that video. My first year as I tuber, I shot most of my content on a $40 action cam mount on my head. Those videos are still getting thousands of fo views each month after five years.The computer can work with 480p and 720p, while 1080p upload takes a while.
I agree with you. I shoot in 4K though and render down to 1080p. I like shooting in 4K because it allows me the flexibility to crop and zoom in post, up to 50%, and still get good quality. 1080p does not give much flexibility for post. Also, rendering down from 4K process a top-quality 1080 file.To be completely blunt. There is really no excuse to NOT put up 1080p.
480p? My first video was 480p, in 2006. Not sure it would stop me from watching, but I would either think it was ancient or shot with a flip phone.
You can debate 720p, not terrible, if I was interested I would watch the video, and probably not notice too much difference.
1080p 60fps is where it is at, and considering most of your videos will he watched on tablet and/or phone, it's all you will ever need.
4K to me, at this point, is a waste. Once ina while I will fire up my living room TV, put on youtube, and 40 minute travel video in 4K. It's relaxing, and my 4K TV is so good, it almost hurts your eyes to look its so clear. Other than that, I have never used 4K for anything. OK, fib, I watched a bikini fashion show in 4k, sue me.
Long story short, I agree with most of the posters, be patient, upload that 1080 sweetness.
BTW - Nicekid76 always brings the info. If he is posting in a thread, take notice and read it.