"I want to fill the video player like the original without black bars on the sides and the top. I am sure someone can help me as this is very annoying when it rarely happens with videos I work on."
Just like the above video creator, you will notice that when you transfer videos and play it on online sites like YouTube or other media players you will notice black bars in the videos. Today the black bars are commonly known as letterboxing which are caused by when you use different aspect ratio or when you set up videos incorrectly. In this article, we shall show you how to remove black bars from video.
- Part 1. How to Remove Black Bars from Video [3 Methods]
- Part 2. Why Do Your Video Have Black Bars
- Part 3. How to Avoid Black Bars When You Making Videos
- Part 4. [Tips] Right Aspect Ratios for Different Platform
Part 1. How to Remove Black Bars from Video
If you want to crop out black bars in video you need to use video editing software such as Filmora Video Editor for Windows (or Filmora Video Editor for Mac). This software is featured with a cropping option. Other than that, it has zoom option that allows you to zoom in then crop videos accurately and then zoom out. Moreover, as you edit the video or images or audios you will be able to preview before saving them.
Key Features of Filmora Video Editor:
- It is built with an action cam editor that is featured with speed effect, colour tuning, instant cutter and fix & correction option.
- It is built with an audio mixer that allows you to upload audios of different formats.
- This software also has all basic editing features for images and videos such as trim, rotate, brightness, saturation and merge among others.
- You will also find advanced editing options such as green screen, split screen, video stabilizer, scene detection, pan and zoom among others.
- With this software, you can personalize video by adding watermarks and removing watermarks.
[Tutorial] 3 Methods to Crop Out Black Bars in Video
Filmora Video Editor is a useful tool that renders different ways in which you can crop out black bars in a video. In the part below, we are going to take you through detailed methods on how to remove black bars using Filmora Video Editor.
Method 1. Automatic Crop with A Definite Aspect Ratio
Step 1. Open the Filmora Video Editor that you have installed on your computer.
Step 2. At the home screen you will see the first icon "Set Project Aspect Ratio" and under the arrow down arrow, you will different aspect ratio. Choose the one compatible with your projector or online site such Instagram or YouTube.
Step 3. From there, you can import the video with black bars from your computer. Click on "Import Media Files Here" and then upload the video.
Step 4. You can then opt to edit your videos by dragging it to the video timeline. Right, click on the video select "Edit" and you will be able to get basic editing options of video and audio.
Step 5. After that, click on "Export" and choose whether to export files directly to online sites or save them back to the computer by selecting output format. Finally, click on "Export" to save file as desired.
Method 2. Manually Crop the Video to The Suitable Aspect Ratio
Step 1. First, open the Filmora Video Editor on your computer. Click on "Import" followed by "Import Media Files" option to upload the video with black bars from your computer. You can also choose to download it online or upload from your external device.
Step 2. Next, drag the video with black bars to the video timeline. Now, right click the on the video and choose "Crop and Zoom" option on the drop-down menu.
Step 3. A new window appears that allows you to crop manually, click on the border lines and crop out black bars on the video. When done click on "OK" button.
Step 4. Lastly, click on Export, select a preferred output format and export the file to your computer.
Method 3. Use "Background Blur" In "Filter" Feature
Step 1. Download and install the Filmora Video Editor as mentioned above. Next, drag the video to the video timeline. Click on the "Filters" icon and then select the "Background Blur" from the effects list at the top left.
Now drag to the effect to the effects timeline which is below the video timeline.
Step 2. You can preview the effect added which will replace the black bars before exporting the video to your computer. Click on "Export" choose a desired output format, set the output settings and export the video without black bars.
Part 2. Why Do Your Video Have Black Bars
Now that you have learnt know what are black bars are and three ways on how to remove black bars from videos, it is now time to understand what causes black bars. The black bars appear on your videos if you transfer video in wider aspect ratio (16:9) to standard aspect ratio (4:3) while maintaining its original ratio is when you see black bars appear.
Another reason that you could be seeing black bars on your videos is because you have recorded the video on your phone while playing it or if you are using a video player that is not of the same aspect ratio as the video.
Part 3. How to Avoid Black Bars When You Making Videos
The black bars do nor just appear on media players but also on sites that have embedded videos or sharing sites like YouTube. So how do you avoid black bars?
• Use the right media player
To avoid black bars, you need to use the right media player that supports the same aspect ratio as your video. For instance, if you are using a Windows Movie Player, you can adjust the settings of the aspect ratio to match the source of your video
• Adjust online settings
For embedded videos on a website, you will notice that some videos are not responsive to a device. It is, therefore, important to use responsive video plugins such as FlowPlayer Plugin, or you can adjust the aspect ratio manually.
• Adjust YouTube settings
To avoid black bars on YouTube Videos, you need to get the right YouTube aspect ratio. After uploading your video, go to edit button and set the following tags: yt:crop=16:9, yt:stretch=16:9 and yt:stretch=4:3.
Part 4. [Tips] Right Aspect Ratios for Different Platform
If you think removing black bars from video is a waste of time, you need to know more about how to avoid black bars on videos, you need to create videos that are of appropriate aspect ratio to a social media site or a device. Today, there are different social media sites and each supports different aspect ratios. However, if you do not know the aspect ratio of each site, we have broken it down clearly below:
• Snapchat: 9:16 (1080 x 1920)
• Twitter: 16:9 (max upload 1080p)
• Instagram: 16:9 or 9:16 (max upload 1080p)
• YouTube: 16:9 (max upload 4k - 3840 x 2160)
• Facebook: 16:9 or 9:16 (max upload 4k - 3840 x 2160)
The Finish Line
To sum up, we have seen that the black bars appear due to playing or creating videos that are of different aspect ratio to your media player. Therefore, you need to remove black bars from videos by creating compatible aspect ratio with a social media site or device using Filmora Video Editor. This software allows you to set aspect ratio, blur the black bars and crop out black bars successfully and effortlessly.