How to Remove Black Bars from Videos

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  1. DownloadDownload Movavi Video Editor Plus
  2. Add the video you want to edit
  3. Edit the videos that have black bars
  4. Save your videos in 16:9 aspect ratio

It’s time to remove annoying black bars from your videos!

How to Crop Black Bars from Videos

Wondering how to remove the black bars from your videos? Black bars appear because of different aspect ratios. The aspect ratio is the width of a video in relation to its height. The most popular aspect ratio is 16:9 – the widescreen format for high-definition TVs and monitors. Another popular format is 4:3, used for standard TVs. So when you are watching the videos recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio on a screen designed for 16:9, you will see black bars on top or below the video, or on the sides.

Learn how to crop black bars from your video without degrading quality with the help of Movavi Video Editor Plus.

How to remove black bars from a video with Movavi Video Editor Plus?

Step 1.Download the Program

DownloadDownload Movavi Video Editor Plus on your computer and run the installation file. Follow the simple onscreen instructions to install the program. After the setup process is complete, the program opens automatically.

Step 2.Add Media Files

In the welcome window, click the New Project button to start editing your files. To open a video, click Add Media Files and select the video with the black bars that you want to edit. It will appear on the Video Track on the Timeline.

Step 3.Remove the Black Bars

Choose the 16:9 aspect ratio and crop your video to remove the black bars. Click the Crop button on the toolbar. A frame will appear in the Preview Window. Select the part of the video you want to keep by moving the frame. The parts outside the frame will be cut off. In the Crop and Rotate tab on the left, click Apply to save the changes.

Another method for the removal of black bars is to fill them with blurred parts of your video. You can do this with the help of our filter. Click the Filters tab and find the Vertical fill filter in the Adjustments group. Drag it to your video on the Timeline and hey presto! There are no black bars around your video now.

Step 4.Save Your Video

After editing your video, click the Export button. Name your file and choose the destination folder as well as the format and quality for the video. Click Start. In a couple of minutes, your video will be ready for you to share.


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How to Remove Black Bars from YouTube Videos

Videos uploaded to YouTube may have vertical or horizontal black bars around them because they don’t fit the YouTube player’s aspect ratio. The player uses an aspect ratio of 16:9 so, if you have a vertical video with a 9:16 aspect ratio or a video with a 4:3 aspect ratio, YouTube will add black borders around it to fill out the space. Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to get rid of the bars from existing YouTube videos.

YouTube provides users with some options for changing the aspect ratio of videos that have already been uploaded, so you don’t have to re-upload your video. All you need to do to remove black bars from YouTube video is just embed an additional tag in the tag section of your video.

Depending on the aspect ratio of your video, there are different tags you can use:

  • yt:crop=16:9. Crop your video by adding this tag. The player will zoom in on the video, cutting off the black borders so you have a 16:9 version of your video.
  • yt:stretch=16:9. This tag will stretch the video to a 16:9 screen format, removing the bars from the sides of your video.
  • yt:stretch=4:3. This tag will stretch the video to a 4:3 screen format. It’s used when you want to upload a video with a 4:3 aspect ratio but YouTube is displaying it at a 16:9 wide-screen ratio.

To insert the tag, go to the YouTube Studio page for your account and choose the Videos tab. Find the video you need to edit and click on it. On the next page, add the appropriate tag to the Tags box and click Save. Reopen your video to see how the tag has modified the aspect ratio. If you are not happy with the result, go back and try a different tag.

How to Add Black Bars on a Video

You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood movies all come with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. This happens because they are filmed with a wide-screen aspect ratio so, when you watch it on a TV or computer screen, black margins appear around the scene. You might want to add black bars to your videos to give them that cinematic look.

To do this without losing the quality of your video, you can use Movavi Video Editor Plus. Follow these simple steps to put black bars on your video.

Step 1.Open the Program and Add Media Files

Open Movavi Video Editor Plus. In the welcome window, select the New Project button to start editing your video. Click Add Media Files and choose the video you want to put the black bars on. It will appear on the Video Track on the Timeline.

Step 2.Add and Adjust a Callout

Click the Callouts tab and select a Rectangle in the Shapes group and drag it to the Timeline. It will appear on the Titles Track. Stretch the rectangle by dragging on its edges to adjust it to the width of the scene. Place it at the bottom of the video. Set the duration of the title to be the same as the duration of the video.

Now you need to change the color of the rectangle, as cinematic bars are supposed to be black. To change the color of the rectangle, click the Color Properties button. Select black by clicking on it in the Color Box in the Fill Color section. Click Apply. Now that you have added a bar to the bottom of your video, let’s add a bar to the top of the video too.

To add the black bar to the top of the video, select the rectangle on the Timeline and press Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy it. Then press Ctrl+V on your keyboard to paste the bar. It will be pasted right over the first rectangle you made. Double-click the copied rectangle to drag it to the top of the video. You will find both rectangles on the Titles Track. Now you have the desired cinematic black bars on the top and bottom of your video.

Step 3.Save your Video

When your video is ready, click the Export button. Name your video, select the destination folder and quality for your video. Choose the desired format and click Start to save it.