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YOUTUBE WIDESCREEN IS FUNNY

WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT YOUTUBE WIDESCREEN?

When trying to put up my FIRST VIDEO BLOG showing what I like and dislike about Premiere CS4, I ran into the trouble of trying to get my WIDESCREEN footage to display properly on YOUTUBE. Compared to sites like Vimeo, which can automagically convert your footage to widescreen (I export .wmv at Widescreen PAR – 1.2121 or whatever the crazy number is – with a frame size of 720×368 andVimeo works its magic to get it to completely fill its player window), YouTube’s widescreen works a bit differently.

WHAT SETTINGS DO I USE?

After some testing, I’ve found out the following:

First off, YouTube (the site, not the people at the company) knows nothing about PARs so it seems. So you HAVE TO use a SQUARE PIXELS aspect ratio (PAR 1.000). Next, you have to use a frame size of 1920×1080 or 1280×720 for HD footage. For SD, you should use 864×486 or 640×360, again, with a PAR of 1.000 (Square Pixels). That will display your videos correctly.

If you don’t use Square Pixels as your PAR and you use something like a PAR of WIDESCREEN 1.2121, your video will look squeezed and everyone will look super-thin (which some people may like *ahem models ahem*). Using the WIDESCREEN 1.2121 PAR might seem to be logical but YouTube doesn’t like it.

RECAP

So basically here is a recap of the settings you want to use for YOUTUBE Widescreen:

HD

  • PAR 1.00 – Square Pixels
  • 1920 x 1080 for 1080p footage OR
  • 1280 x 720 for 720p footage

SD

  • PAR 1.00 – Square Pixels
  • 864 x 486 OR
  • 640 x 360

And that’s basically it. So there you have it. I hope this helps you guys in getting your videos to display correctly on YouTube!

Also, stay tuned for the FIRST VIDEO BLOG on WHAT I LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS4.

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  • Ray on

    Unbelievably helpful information!!!!! I am so so SO glad I stopped in here and found this!!! You saved my ass!

    I love you!!!!


    • Triple E Productions on

      Hey thanks so much! I’m really glad it was able to help! Stop by often! Got a lot of stuff coming up! Thanks again!


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