Question: How do you change the aspect ratio in YouTube Studio?

Answer

Changing the aspect ratio of a video in YouTube Studio is not directly possible because YouTube Studio itself does not offer video editing tools to alter aspect ratios. However, you can manage how your video fits into the viewer's player, which can mimic changing the aspect ratio.

Steps to Adjust Video Fit

  1. Upload your video: Log into YouTube and upload your video as you normally would.
  2. Go to YouTube Studio: After your video is uploaded, navigate to YouTube Studio (studio.youtube.com).
  3. Select the video: In YouTube Studio, find the video you want to adjust from the 'Videos' tab.
  4. Edit video details: Click on the video's title or thumbnail to open the video details page.
  5. Advanced settings: Scroll down to the section labeled 'Video Elements' or similar. Look for any options that say 'Adjust', 'Crop', or 'Fit to screen'. These options might differ based on updates or changes to YouTube's interface.

Alternative Method: Editing Before Uploading

Since YouTube Studio does not allow direct editing of the aspect ratio, you’ll need to use an external video editing program to change the aspect ratio before uploading it to YouTube. Programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or free alternatives like Shotcut and DaVinci Resolve can be used.

Example Using a Free Tool (Shotcut):

  1. Open Shotcut and import your video.
  2. Select Output Properties: Choose 'Settings' > 'Video Mode' and select the aspect ratio you desire.
  3. Export the edited video: Once your video has the desired aspect ratio, export it.
  4. Upload to YouTube: Finally, upload this edited video to YouTube.

Conclusion

While YouTube Studio doesn't support direct alteration of aspect ratios, using these techniques will help you manage how your video is presented to viewers. For precise control over the aspect ratio, always adjust your video in an external editor before uploading it to YouTube.

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