Hi, I shot a quick video using my mobile phone which was recorded at 720x1280 in size. It was intended for online viewing for a product review, where I always dislike those videos where people use their phones recording in portrait view and then post the video online where you watch it and it seems like 80% of the screen is side black bars. I didn't want to be "that guy".
I imported the video into Vegas and used the video event crop tool to trim the view into a square picture aspect ratio I was after. I rendered it where what I saw was that I now had a square video now surrounded by black bars on the top and bottom since my project properties were set in 720x1280, not quite what I was after but I understood why this happened. Therefore I changed by project property settings to 720x720 and unchecked "Maintain aspect ratio" on the clip properties and then rendered as 720x720, all in an effort to get a full screen view and not have my video distorted.
I achieved what I was after, but through the process I was trying to figure out if there was a way to set my project properties to the size of my cropped video clip where I could not figure out how to determine what the actual size was of my cropped video image. The reason it worked for me was because I knew the video started at 720x1280 and I just cropped the top and bottom sections of the video out and it was close to being square in size but I didn't know what the actual cropped size of the video was, so I'm certain there was some stretched distortions, just not enough to make a difference for the intended purpose of this video.
How would you do this to ensure you're eliminating introducing stretch distortions?
How do you determine the actual video clip's aspect ratio once you crop it?
I originally started by using the Video Track's FX insert and used the crop FX to do this task. Can this aspect ratio be determined when you use the Track FX crop?
I'm familiar with photoshop where if I crop an image, I select "Image size" in photoshop and it shows me the image's current pixel aspect ratio. I guess I'm looking for something similar in Vegas so I can re-adjust my project properties and render settings to that size in an effort to get a full screen video with no stretch distortions but don't know where to look in Vegas to get that information.