Remove black bars in videos

from the official website.

Black bars, also known as letterboxing or pillarboxing, refer to the blank areas at the top and/or sides of a video when the aspect ratio of the content doesn't match the aspect ratio of the display. This can occur when editing videos for different platforms with varying aspect ratios. Black bars don't harm the quality of the video itself but can make for an unpleasant viewing experience. Using Movavi Video Editor to remove black bars can enhance the user experience by filling in those empty spaces with visual elements that complement the video. This is especially beneficial when sharing videos on social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, where different aspect ratios are commonly used. By removing the black bars, you can ensure that your audience sees the entire content without any distractions. Editing out black bars can help maintain consistency throughout your video project. If you're working on a series of videos or a long-form project, keeping a uniform aspect ratio across all parts will make your production look more professional and polished.

To eliminate black bars from a video clip on the Timeline in Movavi Video Editor, follow these steps:
Step 1. Locate the relevant clip on the Timeline and select it. This action will cause the clip to become highlighted, allowing you to manipulate its properties.
Step 2. Next, navigate to the left-hand sidebar, where you will find various tool icons representing different functions available in the software. Click on the Effects icon, to open up a new menu of options.
Step 3. From this menu, select the Filters tab. This will display all available filters for the current clip, including those related to removing unwanted elements such as black bars.
Step 4. Within the Adjustments category, locate the Vertical fill filter and select it. To apply this filter to the clip, simply drag it onto the clip.

To manually crop a video clip on the Timeline, locate the affected clip with blackbars and select it. Next, locate the Crop button in the toolbar and click on it to open up a new frame in the player related to cropping video clips. You can adjust the frame size and position as needed to exclude any unwanted parts of the clip. Simply move the frame around within the player window until it is positioned over the desired section of the video. The parts outside of the framed area will be cut out, leaving only the desired portion of the video intact.

Quick start: Timeline-based video editing
Add videos, images, audio into your project
Transform your photo and video clips into slideshow
Record video on PC or Mac with external webcam
Create eye-catching introduction videos
Manage your video projects using MEPX format
Transfer your video editing project to another computer
Preview and organize video clips
Add/remove gaps and markers on Timeline
Effect packs: transitions, titles, stickers, backgrounds, overlays, and LUTs
Edit and enhance videos using various tools
Add branded logo to your videos
Rotate videos, fix the horizon level
Splitting, cutting, and trimming your video clips
Video cropping: remove black bars and cut out edges
Adjust colors in a video
Change video speed
Reverse your video clips
Change image duration in your video or slideshow
Create a fluid transition between scenes or seamless crossfade effect
Add logo to your videos, create picture-in-picture effect
Add custom watermark to your videos
Freeze frame technique
Automatically detect scenes in your videos to make seamless transitions
Remove black bars in videos
Apply fade-in / fade-out effects
Enhance visual storytelling with slow motion effect
Remove background and use chroma key effect
Add audio tracks to your videos
Record audio using microphone
Extract audio from your videos
Loop an audio clip until the end of your video
Use volume curves to adjust the volume levels
Link audio with video to synchronize any changes
Apply the fade-in / fade-out audio effects
Use equalizer to adjust audio frequences in your videos
Remove audio noise from your videos using AI
Apply audio effects to your videos: Echo, Muffled, Overload, Oscillation, Vibrato, Low pitch
Use beat detection to align your video clips with soundtrack
Remove background noise, isolate spoken dialogue in podcasts using noise gate
Maintain consistent volume levels among different audio clips in your project
Automatic speech improvement using the sound autocorrect feature
Apply reverberation effect to your audiotracks to add echoes (similar to open-air environments)
Working with effects: Filters, Overlay Effects, Look-Up Tables (LUTs)
Add transitions to your videos to create a smooth flow between different clips
Add titles to your videos
Enhance your videos with custom timers
Add elements (stickers, callouts, frames) to your videos
Create engaging animations in your videos
Add custom pan and zoom movements to draw attention to specific parts of your video
From shaky to steady: create smooth footage, techniques for video stabilization
Framing with purpose: utilize highlight, conceal, and motion effects
Export your video editing project to a shareable format
Export audio tracks from your video editing project
Export and share edited videos to YouTube, TikTok, Vimeo, Google Drive
Transform your videos into shareable Instagram content
Selectively export specific portions of your video project
Mastering H.264 video compression: customizing basic codec settings
Fine-tune preferences for maximum productivity (General, Files, Effects, Sharing, Acceleration)