Swapping out a video file for an upgraded version of a video on YouTube is referred to as an Inline Replacement.
The process replaces the video file without changing any metadata, including the YouTube ID/URL or View Count.
Inline replacements require:
- a minimum of 5000 views
- an improvement to the video (SD to HD upgrade, audio improvement, etc.)
Videos will not qualify for a replacement if you are requesting an editorial change, such as removing scenes or intros.
Submit your request using the Inline Replacement Request Form: https://ops.vevo.com/inline/
How long will it take for my video to be replaced?
As of 2021, once Vevo has prepared the file for YouTube's processing, the replacement should be complete within 48-72 hours. Processing from Vevo may vary and depends on the volume of requests.