How To Change the Aspect Ratio in CapCut
If you’re having issues with the display size of your videos on different platforms, you may need to change the aspect ratio. Fortunately, the CapCut video editing app lets you edit professional-looking videos with ease.
In this article, we’ll explain how to change the aspect ratio of your video in CapCut.
Changing the Aspect Ratio in CapCut
Before you can edit videos, you need to make sure that you have CapCut installed on your phone. The app is free. Head over to the Play store to download it on Android or the App Store if you’re using an iPhone.
Here’s what you need to do to change the aspect ratio of your video on CapCut:
- Download the CapCut app from the Play store or the App Store and open the app on your device to see the main interface.
- Press the New Project button on the screen to import the video. You can then select the video you want to edit from your camera roll or other videos stored on your device.
- The video will appear in the Media section of the app. Tap on the video that you want to adjust. This will open the video in the Editor section of the app.
- Tap on the Ratio button from the set of tools at the bottom of the screen. This will open a menu with many aspect ratios options to choose from.
- Choose your desired aspect ratio from the options, including 9:16, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1, etc.
- If you need to adjust your video, some sections may be cut as a result of adjusting the ratio. You can use the Crop tool to adjust the video accordingly.
- Tap the Save button to save your video changes once you are satisfied with the adjustment. You can then export or share the video.
How to Choose the Right Aspect Ratio for My Video on CapCut
The aspect ratios in CapCut vary for different purposes. You might be confused about the right aspect ratio for your desired format.
How do you know which one is right?
Going back to Step 4 in the previous section, you’ll see the open menu of ratio options. Each aspect ratio option is appropriate for different platforms. Here are some common options and the best uses for each:
- 1:1 (Square): This aspect ratio is ideal for social media platforms like Instagram. Use it for your stories and reels.
- 9:16 (Vertical): This aspect ratio is designed for portrait-style videos. Optimized for viewing on mobile devices, many use it for Instagram Stories, TikTok videos, and portrait-style advertisements and tutorials. A slight variation of this ratio is 4:5 (Portrait), which serves the same purpose.
- 16:9 (Widescreen): This ratio is standard for videos on a computer monitor or widescreen. You can use it for YouTube videos, Vimeo, and Facebook videos.
- 3:4 (Landscape): This ratio is good for any landscape-style video. The option is supported on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.
How to Get Rid of Black Borders on CapCut After Changing Aspect Ratio
Editing videos can get a little messy. Even on easy apps such as CapCut, changing the aspect ratio of your video can lead to some formatting issues.
Black borders may appear around your video in a letterboxing effect. This means your media doesn’t match the aspect ratio you selected.
To remove the black borders, follow these steps:
- Tap the Edit button in the bottom right corner of your screen.
- Tap the cropping tool to adjust the size of your video. You can manually crop out the black borders from the letterboxing effect.
- Export the video once you’re satisfied with the results.
You can avoid the letterboxing effect altogether if you don’t want to crop your video. To do so, you need to choose the correct aspect ratio that matches the original aspect ratio of your video. To view this, check your video’s file properties.
In some cases, you might not be able to fully remove letterboxing. This happens when the original aspect ratio is significantly different from the ratio you’re trying to achieve. The best solution would be to create a custom aspect ratio to best fit the original video while eliminating the letterbox as much as possible.
Is changing the aspect ratio of my video on CapCut important?
The aspect ratio of your video determines the display it has on different platforms and devices. With the wrong aspect ratio, your video may appear perfect on your phone, but stretched out or small on a monitor. If you don’t intend the video to be viewed on other platforms, aspect ratio plays less of a role.
Does CapCut have limited aspect ratios?
CapCut aspect ratios may change over time. It offers a range of popular aspect ratios, including 4:3, 16:9, 1:1, 9:16, and more. For most users, the aspect ratio options have proved sufficient so far.
Can I change the aspect ratio of a “New Project” on CapCut?
Yes, you can change the aspect ratio from the “new project option.” You don’t have to import a video before you can change the aspect ratio. Simply select the desired ratio from the menu after you start a new project. In CapCut, you can change the aspect ratio at any time while editing.
Can I save different aspect ratios as presets in CapCut?
You can change the different aspect ratios for each of your projects. However, Capcut doesn’t currently offer the option to save different aspect ratios as presets.
Can I create custom aspect ratios in CapCut?
Yes, CapCut does offer the option to create custom aspect ratios. You can crop your videos to match the format you need for your project.
Become a Video Editing Pro
Adjusting the right aspect ratio of your video is a valuable tool in your video editing skills toolbox. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. CapCut offers a wide variety of aspect ratio options, making the process easier. You can easily choose the appropriate ratio for any project.
Have you ever used the aspect ratio tool on CapCut? Did you get the desired results? Let us know in the comments section below.