Brief Intro about How to Convert Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio of any video is defined as the ratio of its width to height. Over the years, the aspect ratios that most videos use have changed, but nowadays the most popular aspect ratio is 16:9 as it is what is used by HD videos.
Due to the function of aspect ratios, converting them from one to another can be tricky. If an aspect ratio differs from the original, too much the video will appear unnaturally stretched or compressed.
In some cases, however converting aspect ratios can be useful to prepare videos – especially for portable or mobile devices. Converting the aspect ratio will allow the videos to utilize all the available screen real estate, without black bars appearing on the sides.
Procedure to Convert Aspect Ratio Using Movavi Video Converter
If you want to convert aspect ratio using Movavi Video Converter, you will have several means by which you can do so. First of all, you should add the video by clicking ‘Add Media’ then ‘Add Video’ and select it, or drag and drop the file into the main working area.
One way to convert the aspect ratio using Movavi Video Converter is to simply select a format preset that uses a resolution with the aspect ratio that you want. To do that you should open the ‘Video’ tab near the bottom part of the interface, select the format group you want (i.e. MP4, AVI, etc.) then choose a preset with the right resolution.
Depending on the resolution that you choose, you can convert your videos to 3:2 (480×320, 720×480), 4:3 (240×180, 320×240, 640×480, 384×288), 16:9 (640×360, 960×540, 1280×720, 1920×1080) or 16:10 (1280×800). If you’re converting your videos for a specific device, you may want to open the ‘Devices’ tab and find a preset that will automatically optimize the format and video settings (including aspect ratio) accordingly.
Rather than using the preset resolutions, you could manually select the resolution in Movavi Video Converter by clicking on the ‘cogwheel’ icon next to the ‘Output format’ field. In the window that appears, you can expand the ‘Frame size’ list and select the resolution that you want to use, or choose ‘Custom’ then enter the width and height manually.
If you do choose to resize your video in this way, you should be sure to carefully choose the ‘Resize method’. Some resize methods such as ‘Stretch’ will simply stretch your video to fit the new aspect ratio, which may cause it to look stretched or compressed. On the other hand, other resize methods such as ‘Crop’ or ‘Letter Box’ will avoid stretching your image but may cause black bars to appear or parts of it to be cropped off.
In any case, once you are satisfied you can click ‘Convert’ and Movavi Video Converter will switch your video to the resolution that you set manually or using the preset that you chose. Just make sure you checked the destination folder under the ‘Save to’ field, so that you know where the converted video will be stored. That is all that is required to use it as an aspect ratio converter.
I hope that at this point you are fully aware of how to go about converting aspect ratios. It is important that you carefully consider the most suitable aspect ratio to use, as well as the best way to adjust the resolution of your video. Now that you know your options, you should find it easy to set up Movavi Video Converter quickly whenever you need to convert aspect ratio of any video.