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Sonya Dudnik
how to get a square 1:1 video without black bars
on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:09:35 pm

Hello everyone!

Need your help ASAP!
I have to make a square video for Instagram in FCPX. My project has a loooot of scaling and re-scaling all over. I thought that dragging my editing into a 640-640 project will do the thing, but is creates an image with black bars on the top and the bottom. How can I efficiently get rid of those without rescaling EVERY image MANYALLY?

Thank you in advance!
Regards,
Sonya


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William Davis
Re: how to get a square 1:1 video without black bars
on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:41:20 pm
Last Edited By William Davis on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:42:09 pm

Hey Sonya! Try this:

•Duplicate your timeline (to save the previous version).

•Open your Project settings (Command J).

•Change the video format to "Custom" and resolution to something square, like 640x640.

•Open your new timeline, select all, and set the Spatial Conform to "Fill."

•Adjust clips as needed in the Inspector (use the X position to slide an image left or right to get the correct framing.

That should get you close, very quickly. Let me know if that works.

Cheers,
Bill


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: how to get a square 1:1 video without black bars
on Oct 30, 2017 at 11:04:32 pm

FCPX defaults spatial conform to 'fit' so if you are using a custom resolution it pays to select all the clips in the browser and set them to 'fill' before you start editing. As said though, you can now just select all the clips on the timeline and change spatial conform to 'fill' to update them all at once.

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