I will be uploading a project to YouTube soon, client wants it available in 720p and 480 via the drop-down menus on the site. Best available HD quality. The site itself doesn't give a whole lotta info prior to beginning the process.
I am cutting this in FCP using ProRes.
Any suggestions as to the best output specs to submit to YouTube, so their compression codecs don't crunch the heck out of it?
I normally export a self-contained mov from FCP. Then make the export copies from this.
The highest possible bit rate H264 is fine for youtube. If it's a 720p file you send them, you will have the 480p and 720p options by default when youtube is done converting.