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How to Remove Black Bars from Video

Posted on: Jun. 12, 2020
Summary
Have you ever seen a video with black bars? Then you may wonder how to get rid of black bars from video for a better movie viewing experience. Keep reading and get ways to remove black bars from the video.

"I downloaded a video file a few days ago, and when I opened it, I found that there was a black bar. The middle video screen was small, and the surrounding black bar occupied most of it. How can I get rid of these black bars?"

- A user from Quora

See! Many users have encountered the problem of black bars, but most of them don't know what caused this problem and how to get rid of the black bars from videos. Now let's check the easiest black bar remover to get rid of the black border and more.

Contents:

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Part 1. Why Annoying Black Bar Appears

Many people wonder why sometimes we see black bars. In fact, it all about the aspect ratio . Before the days of high-definition (HD) television, video followed the 4:3 aspect ratio everywhere, but now the standard is 16:9 widescreen. When you try to play 4:3 on a modern 16:9 TV, you will see black bars added to the video to fill in the gaps. If you record a movie while watching it, the black bars will become part of the video.

Pro Tip:
Wondering how to change the aspect of a video? Please check out our post on How to Change Aspect Ration Quickly for Free >

Some people attempt to ignore these black bars, but others are getting crazy. If you are in the second situation, please follow the simple tutorial below to remove black bars from the video for free.

Part 2 How to Remove Black Bar from Video - 3 Ways

Here in this part, we'll show you how to remove the black bard from the video permanently using the black bars remover and delete black bars from the video while watching with VLC.

2.1 Get Rid of Black Bars via an Online Black Bars Remover

To get rid of the annoying black bar from video, FlexClip is ready to help.It is free, user-friendly, and works online. Designed as an online video maker and video editor, FlexClip can also help you remove black bars from the video easily on Windows and Mac. No software installation, no complicated features learning, and no watermark is added.

How to Remove Black Bars from Video with FlexClip

Click the Get Started Now button and follow the simple steps below to remove the black bars from your video:

Step 1
Go to the Media > Local Files to upload your video file, then add it to the storyboard. (If you want to make a new video online, you can choose a template to customize directly.)
Remove Black Bars from Video with FlexClip - Upload Video

Remove Black Bars from Video with FlexClip - Upload Video

Step 2
Then click the Zoom icon and drag the bar to adjust it until the black bar disappeared.
Remove Black Bars from Video with FlexClip -Zoom

Remove Black Bars from Video with FlexClip - Zoom

2.2 Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac Free (iMovie)

If you're working with a Mac computer, you can remove black bars from video free by using the preinstalled video editor app, iMovie.

How to Remove Black Bars from Video with iMovie

Step 1
Launch iMovie on your Mac, import the video you want to remove black bars, and then drag and drop the video to iMovie Timeline.
Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac - Import Video

Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac - Import Video

Step 2
Click on the Crop button, choose Crop to Fill, move and resize the crop frame. After you set the cropping area, click the "√" button to apply the crop.
Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac -Crop

Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac - Crop

Step 3
Go to File > Share as > File, to save the edited video without black bars on your mac.

2.3 Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC while Watching

VLC, as the most popular media tool, allows you to play and make simple edits to a video. It also provides a temporary solution to remove black bars from video while watching. That’s to say, you can get rid of the black bars from the video while watching the video in VLC, but it can't allow you to save the removal of the black bars.

How to Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC

Step 1
Open your video with VLC
Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC - Open Video

Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC - Open Video

Step 2
Pause the video, then head to Video>Aspect Ratio or Crop, choose an aspect ratio to remove black bars on either side of the video.
Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC - Crop

Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC - Crop

Step 3
Click the Play button to continue watching the video without black bars.

The Bottom Line

That's all about why these black bars appear and how to remove black bars in 3 different ways. Also, FlexClip offer a lot of video templates to help you create great videos online easily. Just try it and get more!

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