What’s the first major rule for posting videos online besides ensuring there’s a cat in it??
It’s making sure your videos are properly and perfectly formatted so your audience can watch comfortably while enjoying your videos. Yes, for their maximum viewing pleasure!
Sticking to required video formats and keeping up-to-date with specific video dimensions for YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (yes, it’s still a thing) and other socials speed things up for you so you can put out quality projects on time, every time.
If at this point you’re kind of at a loss about changing video dimensions in Final Cut Pro, help is right here.
In this blog you’ll learn how to:
But first, let’s get you up to speed on what video sizes are available in Final Cut Pro.
By the way, you can find them by opening up Final Cut Pro>File>New>Project>Project Name>Video>Format.
1080p HD reigns supreme in image quality and is for high-definition TV and video digital viewing. In the world of digital cameras and photography that is a total of 2 megapixels or 1,920 horizontal and 1,080 vertical pixels. The “p” at the end of 1080 stands for how the pixel rows are “progressively” displayed in numerical order.
1080i HD is a high-definition digital display for TV and videos that makes up a combination of frame resolution and scan type. The letter “i” in 1080i means “interlaced” showing each image twice, in odd and even lines, for better visual comfort.
720p HD or widescreen HDTV is a progressive high-definition video format that’s popularly known in video editing as aspect ratio 16:9. 720p HD is similar to the old Standard Definition.
NTSC SD stands for National Television Standards Committee, a group that pioneered the development of black & white and color TV. NTSC has 525 interlaced lines with a display rate of 25 frames per second.
PAL SD or Phase Alternating Line is what’s used worldwide as a video size for analog TV and video. PAL SD is similar to NTSC but PAL has a slight edge in resolution and color stability. You’ll know you’re watching in PAL SD when you see a flicker or two, which is old-school cool if you ask me.
2K, often used in movie projectors, is a generic term for videos or devices with a horizontal resolution composition of 2,000 pixels, thus the name “2K.”
4K display has 4096 x 2160 pixels and is best for professional and digital productions.
5K is the bestie of Apple’s 27-inch iMac display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. Take note though that 5K is not a commonly used display standard so you will not find this option in many devices.
8K are digital images or displays reaching 8000 pixels with startlingly clear images.
360° also called spherical, immersive and surround, in which every view is recorded on a special rig or multiple cameras.
Vertical videos are those intended for portrait-mode viewing and are shot using a camera or a computer. Vertical videos are popular with social media users.
Square videos are perfect for creating brand-centric videos on social media. Square videos mean you don’t have to share space with someone else on the screen. Apple uses Keynote to create square videos in mobile versions.
Custom or personalized videos are made with a specific target audience in mind. Everything that is specifically made for a person or a group of people is what’s called a custom video. This type of video is made from scratch and is often used in explainer and presentation videos.
What resolutions do editors often work with in Final Cut Pro?
HD editors often work with 1080p (HD) and 4K (UHD) settings.
Now that we’ve squared those away, let’s get you going on editing or modifying video dimensions in Final Cut Pro.
This YouTube tutorial shows you how to set or modify your video dimensions and the best way to scale your 4k footage within your timeline.
There’s also a bonus tip if you have a 4k camera and how that one is enough to make a dynamic interview video.
Let’s start shape-shifting your videos!
Setting Up A New Project
Creating a new project in Final Cut Pro means naming your project and specifying the event where your project is saved. Your “project” is a literal record of all your editing decisions, photos and videos.
Setting Up a Square Video
Final Cut Pro lets you create different versions of your project such as a square video. Here’s how it’s done.
Scaling 16:9 footage into Vertical video
Another name for a vertical video is, hilariously, 9:16 aspect ratio…the flipside of 16:9 aspect ratio. Haha! Here are the steps for it.
Modifying Project from Square to 16:9
Here’s how to change from a square frame to a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Modifying Project from 16:9 to Square
And back to square from 16:9.
Scaling 4K Footage
Boost the quality of your videos by scaling up to 4k using these steps.
One 4K Camera Interview Shooting Tip!
Let’s say you’re a one-man shooting crew and you have an interview to perform and maybe two cameras are a lot to set up in the time that you have.
One trick that you can use is if you shoot in 4k and if you only need to export in 1080p you can actually zoom in and create a “second shot” with your footage.
Since you have that 4k footage you can cut in and create the illusion that you have a second camera and it keeps those interviews more interesting than just having plain shots.
Editing with that bonus tip also helps hide your cuts. Say, you went through your script and you went to say it a couple of different ways each time in your script, you can take the best of your scripted lines and put them together in your frame. Furthermore, if you crop one in you’ll have the illusion of two cameras while also covering your edits easier.
Saving Effect Preset to Repeat 4K Crop Throughout Project
Showcase a variety of shots and make your clips more dynamic with this effect preset.
Remember to save this drag-and-drag effect so that you can repeatedly use it in a lot of your projects while saving time in your workflow.
Now you have many ways to alter video dimensions in Final Cut Pro like a superb chameleon video editor!
No matter how stacked your projects are, I hope these video editing tutorials help shorten your workflow and get your projects done faster than ever.
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