YouTube Ad Specs [2021 Update]

With over 1.9 billion monthly users, YouTube is both the world’s second largest search engine and top website for video content consumption.
There are two broad categories of YouTube ads: display and video.  Here’s a quick look at the ad specs for each format.
 
 
Skippable video ads allow users to skip the ad after it plays for 5 seconds. These ads can be placed before, after, or during the main video. These ad types are separate from bumper ads, and the user may end up seeing two ads in a row (the skippable video ad and the bumper ad) before the main video begins. 

YouTube Display Ad Specs

 
Bumper ads, also called pre-roll ads, are short videos that appear before a YouTube video.

Standard display ads

Overlay ads must meet the following specs:
This makes it prime advertising real estate, but to succeed on the platform, advertisers need to use the correct YouTube ad specifications. These rules help ensure that your ad gets in front of more viewers, making you more likely to gain new customers and increase brand awareness.
Clicking through these ads opens the advertiser’s landing page in a new tab or window.

  • Image: 300×60
  • File type: GIF, JPG, PNG
  • File size: Max. 150KB
  • Max. animation length: 30 seconds

Overlay ads

Non-skippable video ads must meet the following specs: 
Standard display ads must meet the below specifications: Overlay ads must meet the following specs:
 
Standard display ads are static or animated images that can appear across Google properties, often directly to the upper right of a YouTube video.

  • Image: 480×70
  • File type: Static GIF, PNG, JPG
  • File size: Max. 150KB

YouTube Video Ad Specs

 
Standard display ads are static or animated images that can appear across Google properties, often directly to the upper right of a YouTube video.

  • Image: 480×60 or 728×90
  • File type: Static GIF, PNG, JPG
  • File size: Max. 150KB

Skippable video ads

youtube bumper ad
 
Sponsored cards display content that may be relevant to your video. Examples include products featured in the video or other similar content. A viewer will see a teaser for the card on the right-hand side of the video playback window for a few seconds, but may also browse sponsored cards by clicking on the icon at the top-right corner of the video. 

  • Must be uploaded to YouTube
  • Companion image specs:

Non-skippable video ad

Only available on desktop and mobile devices.
 
All YouTube video ads must follow the same basic specifications:

  • Must be uploaded to YouTube
  • Companion image specs:
  • Length: Max. 15 or 20 seconds (depends on region)

Bumper ads

youtube overlay display ad  
In addition to the specifications listed below, all YouTube display ads must follow Google’s image ad policies.
  youtube standard display ad

  • Must be uploaded to YouTube
  • Companion image specs:
  • Length: Max. 6 seconds

Sponsored Cards

 
Make sure that you always follow Google’s advertising policies as well as the technical ad specs shared above, and keep up to date with new iterations to its ad options, such as the new call-to-action (CTA) extensions that give advertisers the ability to add an interactive, customized element to their YouTube ads.
 
Overlay ads are small static images that appear as an overlay at the bottom of a video. These are one of the least expensive YouTube ad options, especially when compared to video ads.
 
Unlike its counterpart, the non-skippable video ad must be watched in its entirety before the main video can be viewed. They can be added before, after, or during the main video. This ad type is available on desktop and mobile devices, but not on game consoles. 

    • Must be uploaded to YouTube
    • Media: image
    • Length: Max. 15 or 20 seconds (depends on region)
  • File Size: 2MB Maximum

How To Use YouTube Ads

Skippable video ads must meet the following specs: 

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