How to fix vertical video with VSDC Free Video Editor

Alright, let's face it. With mobile cameras taking over, the way we record video and the way we watch it are changing as well. You can love it, or you can hate it, but vertical videos are everywhere today. It all started with people just being forgetful and holding their phones vertically when recording. Today, however, many brands create vertical videos on purpose, because they look more authentic when published on social media which is (surprise!) consumed on mobile phones that are held vertically most of the times.

Who would have expected that back in 2014, huh?

But can I fix a vertical video?

Yes, you can. You don't have to follow those modern media trends if you don't like them. And you certainly don't have to put up with two ugly black bars on either side of your footage, if you accidentally record it vertically - or what they call in portrait mode. (No reason to get annoyed, we do it all the time too!)

So, VSDC Free Video Editor offers several ways how to fix vertical videos, and below we'll show you what they are.

One of the most popular hacks to get rid of the black side bars is blurring the background.

#1 How to create a blurry background in your vertical video. A step-by-step guide

  • Add your footage to the timeline. Click ‘Add object’ >> ‘Video’ and select the required file from the explorer.
  • Right-click the video and select ‘Duplicate’.

    The 'Duplicate' button is located in the right-click menu

  • Set the same size as the original video has.

    To make a video fit the scene, click 'Set the same as the parent has'

  • Go to the ‘Cutting and splitting’ tab and choose ‘Auto cropping’.

    Apply 'Auto cropping' from the toolbar above the scene

  • In ‘Video effects’ select ‘Filters’ >> ‘Gaussian blur’.

    To make is slight blurry, choose 'Gaussian blur' in 'Filters'

  • Experiment with the settings and choose the required blur level in the ‘Properties Window’

    Set the required blur level in the 'Properties Window'

Your masterpiece is ready!

The roundabout approach to fix a vertical video will be using the resolution it is recorded in, and creating a project with the same size parameters.

#2 How to create a project with the same resolution as in your original video. A step-by-step guide

  • Add your vertical video to VSDC Video Editor timeline.
  • Go to the project settings clicking the project on the left of the scene.

    Project resolution can be modified in the 'Properties Window'

  • Change the scene size to the same as the original video has.

    It's necessary to set the scene size to the same as the original video has

  • Choose 'Set the same size as the parent has'.

    The 'Set the same as the parent has' option allows to change the size automatically

Sometimes what happens is that we - the forgetful ones - start recording a video in portrait mode and then rotate the phone to landscape mode while the video is still being recorded. Or even the other way around! As a result, you can get a vertical video loading horizontally when played.

You can fix that too. In fact, it will literally require you a few seconds and a couple of clicks.

#3 How to fix a vertical video that loads horizontally. A 2-step guide

  • Add your video to the video editor timeline.
  • Click ‘Rotate’ in the toolbar above the scene and preview the result.

    'Rotate' buttons can be found in the toolbar above the scene

If your video is larger than the scene size, you can manually reduce the size of your video using drag'n'drop.

Drag'n'drop helps you to reduce the video size manually

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