Changing the video scaling in Sony Vegas Pro

The appearance of black bars at the edges of the video is one of the most common problems when the aspect ratio of the screen does not match. It arises due to specific recording device settings or some other factors, for example after converting a recording by specifying an unusual resolution. In these cases, it is necessary to correct this situation independently, which is possible with the help of special software. In our article today we would like to demonstrate how to perform this procedure using Sony Vegas Pro as an example.

Changing the video scaling in Sony Vegas Pro

Here are three different methods for accomplishing the task at hand. Each of them implies the realization of a certain algorithm of actions, respectively, unique for each variant. We advise you to study all the instructions given in detail and then proceed directly to their application. Let's start with the simplest and most popular method.

Method 1: Disable Save Aspect Ratio

The function of saving the aspect ratio of videos in Sony Vegas is activated automatically. This prevents recordings from stretching to full screen, while knocking down all display settings. However, if black bars appear, turning this setting off and then editing the scale can help solve the problem.

    1. After opening Sony Vegas, proceed to create a new project by clicking the corresponding button on the menu "Archive".
    2. Set custom parameters or leave all default values ​​if you don't want to change anything in the project settings.
    3. Proceed to add all the necessary multimedia data. To do this, press the button "Opened", which is designed as an orange folder on the top horizontal bar.

    1. Wait for your browser to open. This can take a long time on slow computers or slow hard drives. Once the directories are displayed, locate the video, highlight it, and click "Opens"..
    2. Confirm the automatic addition of the video to the project editor. You can check the box responsible for adding the first video without such a notification appearing.
    3. Right-click on the video to open the context menu with controls.
    4. At the bottom, find the category "Properties". and go to it.

  1. Uncheck the box "Keep aspect ratio". This parameter is responsible for maintaining the aspect ratio of the video.
  2. In the preview window, you can see that the black frames around the edges have been removed successfully.
  3. If you find that the video is now stretched in different axes, you will have to edit it a bit manually. To do this, go to the menu "Pan / Crop".clicking on the timeline icon.
  4. In this case, zoom in and out to make the image clear.

Once the configuration is complete, it only remains to check the image display again and make sure that everything is ready to be saved. However, this method is not suitable for all users, so we recommend reading other principles to get rid of black bars.

Method 2: Project Settings

An easier method is to change the video resolution in the project settings, but this does not guarantee that the image will not end up being more stretched in some axes. It is worth applying this option in those cases where the edges are not very visible. All manipulations are carried out as follows:

  1. In the editor, click the settings button, which is slightly above and to the right of the preview window.
  2. Once the window opens, go to the tab "Video".
  3. Here, adjust the height and width of the image to the desired values, and then apply the changes.
  4. You can also use ready-made standard video formats so you don't have to enter all the numbers yourself.

Method 3: Add the blur effect

We want to point out right away that this method is only suitable for users who want to get rid of black bars on the edges or around the image. If you just want to stretch your video, use the above methods.

Sometimes it is not possible to remove the black bars correctly, preserving the beauty of the image without distorting it along the axes. In this situation, the best solution is to add blur rather than stretch, which is done with the built-in effect.

  1. Highlight the video track and press the key combination Ctrl + Cto copy.
  2. Right-click on the empty space of the timeline and select the option "Insert video track".. The same action can be performed with the hotkey Ctrl + Shift + Q.
  3. Now you will have a new track at the top. Paste the copied video there with the keys Ctrl + V.
  4. Then go to the main track settings and turn off the save ratios there.
  5. Next, go to effect settings by clicking the corresponding button in the timeline.
  6. Find the line there "Gaussian Blur of Las Vegas". Select it with a single click of the left mouse button.
  7. Click on "Add"and then "AGREE".to add a special effect.
  8. Adjust the blur according to your needs. It is recommended to set the smooth mode and slightly increase the values ​​by moving the sliders.
  9. If necessary, scale the bottom clip so there is a slight blur at the edges instead of black bars.

Now nothing will stop users from focusing on the main image, and the slight blur at the edges looks much better than the black bars.

In addition to the functionalities discussed in Sony Vegas, there are many other very diverse and useful features that can come in handy at all stages of editing. If you are interested in continuing to work with this software, we advise you to read a detailed description of the most popular tools in another article on our website, by clicking on the following link.

More information: How to use Sony Vegas

Above, we have demonstrated three available methods to stretch videos or get rid of black bars in Sony Vegas. As you can see, it can be done in different ways, so that each user will find the perfect option for himself.

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