Working with Widescreen (16:9)
Created using Video Studio 10

This guide is applicable to other versions of Video Studio

Ok let's change a 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9

For earlier versions of Video Studio:-
It was only possible to 'distort' / re-size the video frame from the 'Overlay Tracks'
With later versions we can now distort / resize the frame from the 'Main Video Track'.
If you need to use the 'overlay tracks' the procedure is the same as detailed below.

OK this is what you do, just a few clicks away to widescreen...........

1 / Change the project properties to use 16:9 aspect File - Project Properties-Edit-General tab
2 / With the 4:3 video in the top track select the 'Attributes Tab'. Select the ‘Distort’ button.
       The preview screen will show yellow trim handles in the corners.
3 / Right click the preview screen and select ‘Fit to screen’
4 / Right click the preview screen and select ‘Keep aspect ratio’
     The process is zooming in to the video far enough to hide the black vertical bars.
Change the project properties to use 16:9 aspect File -Project Properties-Edit-General tab
The preview screen should display the video as below.

The black bars being part of the video frame.


With the 4:3 video selected in the top track select the 'Attributes Tab'. Select the ‘Distort’ button.

Right click the preview screen and select ‘Fit to screen’
Right click the preview screen and select ‘Keep aspect ratio’

Widescreen 16:9
Your video will loose some detail from the top and bottom.
It is possible to compensate for one of these by repsoitioning the video vertically.
Using the Keyboard Arrow keys nudge the video up or down.

Here the frame has been moved up, although i think i prefer the image above.

Further options are available to fill the black bars, a tutorial worth reading by Jeff

You can still have a 4:3 clip in a 16:9 project, while hiding or camouflaging the border. See Jeffs tutorial

See the 2009 Baseball video on YouTube

Other things that may go wrong, I capture to 16:9 but it looks like 4:3

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