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In videography (and photography), there is a concept that you need to be
familiar with and it is called aspect ratio. An aspect ratio is the the
comparison or ratio of the width to the height. In digital camera
photography, most shots are in a 4:3 (4 by 3) ratio. This means that the
width is just slightly bigger than it's height (1.33, or 33%). Older
televisions also used this ratio. Have you noticed that HD and widescreen
are now 'the norm'. The aspect ratio for widescreen is 16:9
(16 by 9, 1.78
aspect). The width is now much wider than the height.
We'll come back to aspect ratios is a moment, but let me highlight first
what I call the iPhone phenomenon. I see way too often people with iPhones
shooting video and not turning the phone into "landscape" mode. That may be
ok if you ONLY ever did playback on the iPhone... but what if you want to
see it on your HD TV or post it on YouTube? Uh oh, Houston we have a
problem! You are going to end up with a video that doesn't match the frame
you are trying to fit it into and you are going to waste screen real estate
and you get those ugly black boxes on either side (called pillarboxes). So
in terms of our football weekend (super bowl), we'll call this a "15 yard
Ok, got that off my chest. Now let's get back to aspect ratios. If you
have any choice in the matter, you'll always want to shoot in HD/widescreen
modes. Here's an example of what happens if you don't. In the image
you'll see I grabbed whatever camera was nearby to capture a moment of my
son playing a computer game while busily munching away on his apple (ain't
he cute!). My digital camera shoots video, but only does
4:3 videos. When you post it online, it doesn't match the 16:9 aspect ratio
of the video frame. There are those pesky pillarboxes again. Now you could
choose to crop and zoom the video, but that's not always going to be an
what are you cropping out? It is best always to plan ahead and shoot in 16:9
widescreen format. Most video
cameras now do this by default... but something that you will want to
consider if you shoot video with a digital camera which may or may not have
widescreen option setting.
Here's a little video I found on YouTube this morning that talks about
compensating for aspect ratio using
special keyword tags when you post to
YouTube. It gives you option to crop and/or zoom whenever you are working
with aspect ratios that do not match the frame size. (Use my link above to
see the written version of this video for your reference)
Appended to post Sept 2012 -- check out this very humorous look at "saying no to vertical videos"
If you are ready to get serious about using video in your marketing plan, consider coming to my premium online class called "Video Essentials for Business." That link will take you to the page to tell you more about the class. The class is a set of pre-recorded training videos to teach you what you will need to know to produce quality videos for your YouTube channel. I hope to see you in class! :)
To read more posts about video editing, check out my list of posts in this video series
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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