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Aspect Ratios

Lesson 4 from: Videography 101: How to Use Your Camera to Record Videos

Tomas George

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4. Aspect Ratios

<b>In this lesson, you will learn about different aspect ratios for videos.</b>
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Aspect Ratios

Hi there and welcome to this video. I'm going to give you a brief overview of aspect ratios. I did briefly mention aspect ratios in the resolution video, but I'll go into more detail now. So the most common aspect ratio for videos online is 16 by nine. This is what the youtube player uses, for example. So horizontally or the width is 16 and vertically or the height is nine. So 1080 P has 1920 pixels wide and 1000 an pixels high when we use a 16 by nine ratio. Also four K has a width of 3840 pixels and a height of pixels. When we use 16 by nine. There are a few other aspect ratios that aren't as common as 16 by nine, but it may have a use for them at some point in a video production journey. We have the widescreen aspect ratio. This is 2.35 horizontally by one vertically. This aspect ratio is very common for movies or films that are shown at the cinema. So using this aspect ratio can give your videos a cinematic look as this aspect ratio is what people are used to from watching movies...

at the cinema. So if you want to use this aspect ratio for online videos on sites like youtube and not at the cinema, what you need to do is add black bars above and below your footage in your video editing software. Ok. So now let's talk about the four by three aspect ratio. This is actually an older one and it's four horizontally by three vertically. This three by four aspect ratio can be useful if you want to give your footage a vintage feel or throwback feel. Also if you're making your footage grainy or black and white, you could also use this aspect ratio to add to that vintage feel. Also if you choose this aspect ratio, then this will add black bars on the side of your footage. So 16 by nine is actually in between 2.35 by one and four by three, which is why I believe it was chosen as a new standard as it's in between wide screen 2.35 by one and the older four by three. We also have vertical video aspect ratio two which is a more modern aspect ratio and comes from smartphones and social media apps. This vertical aspect ratio is useful for short video clips and for applications where people scroll through their new feed to find videos on their smartphone. I believe these vertical videos can be useful to get views on short videos. But I personally want to have a full movie or even a music video with this vertical aspect ratio. But as technology progresses and more people use smartphones on social media sites to consume videos, maybe vertical videos could be used for longer videos. Ok. So to summarize generally, I'd recommend using the 16 by nine aspect ratio. You may wish to consider the two 0.35 by one for that cinematic feel for your video or even the four by three for an old fashioned vintage fill for your video. You may also wish to consider using vertical videos too for certain social media platforms. Just be aware of what aspect ratio you wish to use before you record. So you don't crop out any important part of your image or adjust your aspect ratio in your video editing software after you film your video. Ok. So that's the end of this video. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next one.

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