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How to Convert Portrait Video to Landscape [Crop & Rotate]

It's the age of smartphones that everyone is a videographer. We constantly take to record wonderful lives concerning friends, family, pets and more. Accordingly, there are two popular modes of video-shooting—portrait video and landscape video. If a video is filmed in a portrait mode, it's presented vertically and considered as a "tall-way" shooting. Meanwhile, a landscape video refers to a horizontal view which is regarded as a "long-way" shooting. If you want to yield a better result on video, try to convert portrait video to landscape. Why? Keep reading, then.

Portrait VS Landscape

When it comes to portrait and landscape photography, the biggest difference lies in their orientation. Simply put, the former one refers to photos and videos are taken in vertical, vice versa.

And portrait photography always works with subjects like people and pets, while landscape photography usually presents natural scenes like mountains, coastline, and skylines, etc.

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Part 1: Why We Need to Convert Portrait Video to Landscape?

The Usage of Photography Modes and Media Platform Upload Limitation.

Mostly, we use our phone to shoot videos anytime anywhere. And we might simply start filming with portrait mode and landscape mode at will if we were not professional, but that will set up the stage for post-processing. If you are wondering why, keep reading.

You may not be aware of this fact that different social media require different video orientation. YouTube is the second-largest search engine behind Google and the largest platform for videos. In fact, YouTube provides a free zone for videos that can be optionally adapted to whatever mode. It is a perfect platform to share videos with audiences, which has been able to play both vertical and horizontal videos for a long time period. Additionally, video orientations including portrait and landscape can both be adopted on Facebook, while Instagram is merely available to portrait videos.

Thus, content providers who want to increase the impression and get more clicks and likes may upload their works to various platforms; for common users, they could prefer various social media and post content across platform, while they had used the wrong orientation in the first place, so they need to convert portrait video to landscape or the opposite.

The Choice of Orientation

We sometimes have to cater to various platform preference for posting our content. However, videos, unlike photos, are always displayed horizontally and internationally largely because our vision allows us to see more to the left and right than top and bottom. So, when you shoot a video on your smartphone in portrait mode, it's better to convert portrait video to landscape.

While a part of users may take in the wrong orientation in the very beginning. That is to say, you shoot videos vertically, but you need horizontal effect. To solve this problem, you have two workarounds, please sit through the following instructions patiently.

Part 2: How to Convert Portrait Video to Landscape?

Fortunately, this post will let you know how to convert portrait video to landscape with simple steps. Here comes VideoProc, an ideal and integrated utility for not only changing portrait video landscape but also editing, converting video formats, and even making screencasts. Plus, all the projects going through VideoProc will achieve faster for its full hardware acceleration technique.

The first solution to convert portrait video to landscape is to rotate a video. The uninitiated may film a video with the wrong orientation. If it happens to you, just simply rotate the video with 90 degrees. The following is a tutorial about how to rotate a video.

Step 1: Download and install VideoProc on your computer if you have never used before.


Step 2: Launch VideoProc and check Video. Then directly drag and drop the files you want to edit to the blank or you can also click on +Video to add files.

Step 3: Under the Video tab (at the bottom of the window), choose an output format; or click Target Format (on the bottom-left corner of the window) to select output format.

Step 4: Click Rotate at the blue tool tab, and there will be a pop-up window. Then click Rotate Left or Rotate Right with 90 degrees on the Video Rotate tab to convert portrait video to landscape. And click Done (at the bottom-right corner of the window) to confirm your action.

Step 5: Hit Run (at the bottom-right corner of the window) to start the conversion.

Rotate a video

Another workaround is to crop a portrait video to make it into a landscape.

Step 1: When you have imported a clip and choose a output format. Go to the blue tool tab and check Crop.

Step 2: Click Enable Crop to start cropping a video. Under the Preset tab, choose 16:9 and move the white box on the Original tab to select the desired area. And click Done (at the bottom-right corner of the window) to confirm your action.

Step 3: Hit Run (at the bottom-right corner of the window) to get cropping started.

Crop a clip
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriel Coleman

Gabriel is a technical editor with several years of writing experience. Gabriel covers video processing, post-production, hardware, Windows, Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and all kinds of technology topics. He loves collecting cool gadgets and trying new things like virtual reality, drones, 8K TVs and the latest 4K games. He also has interests in reading, photography, climbing, scuba diving, and tennis.

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