If some of your older YouTube videos are cropped, stretched, or showing black bars on screen, the streaming platform offers a simple way to fix them. This guide will walk you through how to reformat your existing YouTube videos
without having to reupload them to your channel.
How To Remove Black Bars from YouTube Videos
YouTube features several formatting tags
that can be used to instantly change the appearance and format of your videos.
YouTube Formatting Tags
- Play video in HD (by default).
- Remove black bars around video by zooming in on the video area.
- Stretch a video and remove the vertical black bars on each side.
- Scale down (4:3) a stretched video.
Reformat Your YouTube Videos
Sign in to your YouTube
channel, click on your profile picture > Creator Studio
> Video Manager
Select the video you want to edit and then click on the Edit
button. Go to Info and Settings
> Basic Info
and enter the desired tag(s) in the Tags
Click on Save Changes
to apply your new settings.