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Why do I have Black Bars on my videos?

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In this presentation I show you why you get black bars on your videos, and also why some videos are squishy or stretched looking.

I teach you how to get rid of black bars, but also why they are not always a bad thing. To see the blog post that goes with this as well as a video demonstration, go to http://www.imagemavenvideo.com/black-bars/

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Why do I have Black Bars on my videos?

  1. 1. Why do I get Black Bars on my Videos?
  2. 2. Why do I get Black Bars on my Videos?
  3. 3. What do Black Bars look like?
  4. 4. Black Bars on Your Videos •Why you get them •How to get rid of them •Why they are sometimes good to have
  5. 5. What causes Black Bars? •The proportion of the video doesn’t match the proportion of the video player
  6. 6. What causes Black Bars? •4:3 video inside a 16:9 player
  7. 7. What causes Black Bars? •Widescreen video inside a 16:9 player
  8. 8. How to get rid of Black Bars •Begin with the end in mind •Create your presentations and shoot your videos in 16 x 9 proportion 16 9
  9. 9. How to get rid of Black Bars •What is 16 x 9? Examples: •720 x 1280 pixels •1080 x 1920 pixels •Any file that is 16 x 9 proportion
  10. 10. How to get rid of Black Bars •Here’s an example of how you do that in Keynote or PowerPoint
  11. 11. How to get rid of Black Bars Choose a dimension that is proportional to 16x9
  12. 12. How to get rid of Black Bars •And here’s how to do that in Camtasia for Mac •Set your canvas to be in a 16x9 format
  13. 13. How to get rid of Black Bars Choose a dimension that is proportional to 16x9
  14. 14. How to get rid of Black Bars •If you are shooting with an older video camera that is not HD format, then you should just live with the black bars, or crop your video in editing
  15. 15. How to get rid of Black Bars •By the way, YouTube will automatically put Black Bars on all videos that are not 16:9 proportion
  16. 16. Why Black Bars are good •If you stretch your 4:3 video to fit your 16:9 player it looks like a mistake, and like you don’t know what you’re doing
  17. 17. Why Black Bars are good •Here’s what a stretched image looks like •4x3 image into the 16x9 format
  18. 18. Why Black Bars are good •So it’s better to have black bars, than a stretched video •Especially with technical things like software training or photography
  19. 19. Why Black Bars are good •It’s very hard to watch an out-of-proportion video •Our brains spend too much time transposing the image and not absorbing the information
  20. 20. Why Black Bars are good •Here’s what a squished image looks like •16x9 image into the 4x3 format
  21. 21. Black Bars aren’t so bad •Newer computer screens and TVs are all using the 16:9 frame proportion
  22. 22. Review •Black Bars mean that the proportion of your video image does not match your video player
  23. 23. Review •If you don’t like seeing Black Bars, then you need to create your presentation or video in a 16 x 9 proportion
  24. 24. P.S. •Read the accompanying blog post to get a sizing chart download and some further tips ImageMavenVideo.com/black-bars
  25. 25. Conclusion It’s better to have a proper looking video, than worry about those Black Bars!
  26. 26. Thanks for watching! •Please share! •There are many people who can be helped by this information
  27. 27. Stay Connected Check out my website: www.ImageMavenVideo.com

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