Video Meme Help

JOMedia wrote on 5/8/2019, 8:27 PM

So I'm trying to make video memes for my brand, taking long content and splintering it into bite-sized clips for IG.

I watched a particular tutorial on YouTube which was great, however my videos are all shot in 1440x1440 (Samsung S9+ 1:1)

How exactly can I get the space needed around the video for media generators? Would this require recording in 16:9 instead and 1080x1080 with unmatched project settings? For marketing purposes 1080 is standard for screen real estate.

Finally, I'm curious to know how I might be able to create a timer that scales with video playback? I'm sure you've all seen this out there.

Extra info: I snagged a product called video wrapr, hoping to make my life a bit easier, well I was wrong, lol. Clearly this is easy to do in Vegas, I've just gotta correct whatever I'm doing wrong, make a template and streamline my process.

Thank you for your help. 😀


karma17 wrote on 5/8/2019, 9:52 PM

Since 16:9 is HD 1920 x 1080 and your source footage is 1440 x 1440, something's got to give. You will need to go into the Pan/Crop function and play around with cropping in or cropping out to see what you like and how it looks. In the Pan/Crop fx, if you go to the Drop Down box on top, there is already a 16:9 preset you can apply to see if you like the way it looks. It all really just depends on what you shot and how much of the image you are willing to give up, not only in terms of the scene but in terms of resolution, especially if you are punching in and effectively upscaling 1440 to 1920 on the x axis.

For a timer, Vegas has a time code effect that can be added over the video and you can scale it. Hit Film Express also has a time code effect that can be added on top of the video and that should scale up or down.

If 16:9 is going to be the destination format you want, you might want to consider switching to a DSLR, so you can capture what you need vs having to make such compromises with the phone's format.

Just my thoughts.

JOMedia wrote on 5/8/2019, 9:59 PM

1,080x1080 is the destination format. I specified that I record in 1:1. 1:1 for my device happens to be 1,440x1,440.

I'm asking if I should be recording in 16:9 to allow padding for space in 1080 frame. Source isn't the issue here. :)

From here on describes what I'm looking to do

Dimitrios wrote on 5/9/2019, 12:15 AM

So want to make a square video. You record in a square frame, but you want space somewhere to other stuff like text or whatnot, is your dilemma if I'm understanding correctly. Well when I'm converting videos for IG I always crop, or use window boxing. Would it really be a problem to have text or other media cover up some of the video at times? If it was me I would just do that, if you must show the whole video it's gonna look a little weird. I would scale it down then have somekind of border behind it to fill up the space be it the same footage blown up and blurred or an image or just an actual border while leaving space above or below.

JOMedia wrote on 5/9/2019, 12:30 AM

Almost got it. The video is already square. I'm just having a hell of a time getting the frame around an already square video. I have zero issues showing the full video, it has to be seen, as I often use whiteboards.

Here's a clip, it's almost there. You can see there isn't quite enough room for the text if I were to add it. This is why I'm asking if I should record these in 16:9 rather than 1080... I can always render the output as 1080 1:1. Or have I been working too long today and that's actually perfect?

Just feel like I'm missing a dash of width on top/bottom here. I'm visually impaired as well, so it helps to have someone eagle eye the things I can't.

I'm pretty hardcore when it comes to legibility, because I have a hard time reading small stuff myself. At the core, I suppose this is the bigger issue for me.