Aspect Ratio and Black Bars

Hello, I've posted a couple test videos to YouTube and I keep getting black bars on the top and bottom. I'm aware it's the aspect ratio, however, I can't (or don't know how) to change it to 16:9 like I need to. I saw someone make a video on how to, but my program doesn't look like his. The only aspect ratio options I have are 1.0,  0.91,   1.21,  1.09 and 1.46. I only have the demo, but I did activate it so I can export videos.  Any advice?


  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,237 Ambassador

    Ok. I'm assuming you are changing the aspect ratio in the EXPORT module. This is referring to the aspect ratio of individual pixels. 

    If your project is at 1280x720 or 1920x1080 then the aspect ratio of your PROJECT is 16:9 and your pixel aspect ratio should be 1.0. In general, no matter what your project settings are, your pixel aspect ratio should be 1.0

    Pixel aspect ratio of 0.9 is specific to standard definition (720x480) in 4:3. Pixel aspect ratio of 1.212 is specific to anamorphic standard definition wide-screen. Pixel aspect ratio 1.33 is specific to HDV footage recorded at 1440x1080 for display on a 1920x1080 monitor. 

    Those other pixel aspect ratios are also specific to certain resolutions shot in certain formats. 

    What are the pixel dimensions of your project, what is your source footage from (screen recording, phone, camera--and what kind of camera)? 

    YouTube's video player defaults to a 16:9 project aspect ratio (1280x720, 1920x1080 or 3840x2160). 4:3 media automatically has black bars added to the sides to fill the space. 

  • JustSimThings
    JustSimThings Posts: 2
    edited May 2017

    (I'm sorta' late so I don't know if you'll answer but I can try) I've tried 1920x1080 and 1280x720  at 1.0 (not 3840x2160, I can't record in that size) but it still gives me the top and bottom "letterbox" bars. I've tried that cheat in YouTube that you put in the tags and it doesn't do anything for 1.0 (it does for the other ratios however).