Frequently asked questions
Why are my YouTube videos zoomed in?
Sometimes you may notice that your YouTube videos are zoomed in. Recently, smartphone manufacturers have been increasingly releasing devices with displays that have an aspect ratio of 18:9 (or 18.5:9 in Apple's case). This leads to the fact that traditional video, shot in 16:9 ratio, does not completely fit on such displays, when it is played back on the screen, black bars are displayed. YouTube app now scales video for displays with aspect ratios other than 16:9.
Some manufacturers build pre-installed solutions into their skins that allow video to be stretched in such a way as to completely fill the display with images without displaying black bars. For those cases where smartphone manufacturers do not implement such a function in the interface, YouTube offers its own solution. The YouTube app now has the ability to scale the image to fill the entire available display space. Although, in some cases, such scaling may degrade the image quality. The new video scaling feature for displays other than 16:9 is available in the YouTube app starting with version 12.44.
How to zoom in on a YouTube video?
There are two solutions to the described problem: use a special browser extension or a third-party player with a video scaling function.
This tool integrates an additional line Zoom into the Settings of the YouTube player. By clicking on it, you will see several available zoom levels (from 100 to 200%). After applying the desired magnification, the Play Around button will appear on the player's toolbar, through which you can position the movie window in an optimal way, without displacement (see the first two screenshots). To return to the original scale, select the 100% level.
The plugin is designed to accurately scale web pages, but it does an excellent job of enlarging (decreasing) a freeze frame on YouTube.
This tool will seamlessly expand the player window to fit the screen. While this cannot be called scaling, the built-in function of the addon is enough to get acquainted with the details of the picture.
The second option is to download a media player that can play and zoom videos from YouTube. The problem is solved by SMPlayer with the implemented SMTube add-on. Both applications have official portable builds.
After installing SMTube in the player folder, use it as a browser-search engine for YouTube videos. The found video will open in the SMPlayer interface, and the corresponding adjustments are in the Video → Zoom menu, including the hotkeys E (increase) and W (decrease).
How to edit a Zoom video?
Zoom saves video in MP4, that’s why you can easily edit the recording in almost any video editing app. Try Movavi Video Editor – an intuitive software for everyone passionate about video-making. The editor gives you a wide variety of video-editing options that will help you create inspiring videos. Crop and rotate your videos; apply various effects, filters, and transitions; use stickers and music to make a truly unique video. Let your creativity flow by experimenting with features like Chroma Key and animation. Just add your video to the editor and try all the options by yourself!
How do I zoom in on zoom out effect on video?
Simultaneously zooming in and out creates the dolly zoom effect. Used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film “Vertigo”, this type of zoom is also known as the vertigo zoom or Hitchcock effect. Originally, the effect is achieved by zooming out while the camera moves toward the object or by zooming in while the camera moves away from the object. However, you can also create this effect with the Pan and Zoom tool during the montage. If you zoom in with the camera, choose the opposite zoom while editing so that this will simulate the dolly zoom effect.