When we play a vertical video or import a video composed of multiple clips in different aspect ratios, black bars appear on either side of a video (much probably on the left or right side). To have a better watching experience or edit video clips in the same aspect ratio, we need to remove black bars from the video.

There are 2 methods to delete black bars from vertical or common videos: use a filter or crop. Basing on this, we pick 4 tools to do this task fast and easily.

Best Video Editor to Remove Black Bars from Video (Windows & macOS)

It is a common sense that, to edit a video, like deleting black bars from video, we need a video editor. For both video editing beginners and professional users, we recommend Movavi Video Editor Plus.

Movavi Video Editor Plus, now version 2021, is an advanced video editor to make video from scratch and turn your ideas into creative media, it offers basic editing tools to enhance your clips, also provides rich built-in media pack (effects, filters, titles, transitions, intro video, royalty-free audio, etc.) to create unique video of your style. On black bar removal, Movavi offers 2 solutions: use filter or manually crop.

Movavi Video Editor Plus Standout Features

  • Create quick videos with Montage Wizard
  • Edit and enhance videos: delete ripple, normalize, crop, trim, flip, rotate, color adjustments, fade, add logo/watermark, overlay, chrome key, create freeze frame, pan & zoom, stabilize, reverse, etc.
  • Edit and enhance audios: extract, loop, control volume, link, fade, remove noise, sync
  • Highlight and conceal: highlight or blur a part of the video (face, object, etc.)
  • Export video as video and audio format
  • Share videos online

How to Remove Black Bars from Video with Movavi?

Method 1 Use Filter

  1. Get a free copy of Movavi Video Editor Plus, install and open the app.
  2. Drag and drop the video clip to Movavi Timeline and select it.remove black bars from video movavi 1
  3. Click the Filters icon the left side, choose Adjustments and scroll down to select Vertical Fill filter.remove black bars from video movavi 2
  4. Then drag and drop the Vertical fill filter to the video, there will a star icon showing on the video clip, preview the effect in video player.remove black bars from video movavi 3
  5. Click on the blue Export button, select an video format to remove black bars from your video.remove black bars from video movavi 4

Method 2 Crop

  1. Get a free copy of Movavi Video Editor Plus, install and open the app.
  2. Add the video to Movavi Timeline.
  3. Click on More Tools icon on the left side, choose Crop and Rotate. Rotate the video by moving the following slidebar.remove black bars from video movavi 5
  4. Choose an aspect ratio at the bottom of the video player on the right side.remove black bars from video movavi 6
  5. Click Export button to delete black bars from your video.

Remove Black Bars from Video on Mac Free (iMovie)

Also, we can remove black bars from video free by using macOS preinstalled video editor app, iMovie, its rotate and crop tool will help on this task.

  1. Launch iMovie on your Mac.
  2. Drag and drop the video to iMovie Timeline.remove black bars from video imovie 2
  3. Click on the Crop button, choose Crop to Fill, move and resize the crop frame.remove black bars from video imovie 4
  4. When OK, go to File>Share as>File, to save the edited video on mac.remove black bars from video imovie 5

Remove Black Bars from Video with VLC while Watching

VLC, as the most popular and powerful open-source media tool to play, edit and convert videos & audios, also offers the solution to remove black bars from video while watching. In other words, you can only delete black bars from video while playing back the video in VLC, using its Crop feature, you are not allowed to save the black bars removal, when you open this video again in VLC, the black bars are still there.

  1. Grab a free copy of VLC on your Windows or Mac, install and open the application.
  2. Open the video with VLC.remove black bars from video vlc 1
  3. 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 vlc 2
  4. Click the Play button to continue watching the video without black bars.

How to Remove Black Bars from Video Online (No Watermark is Added)

For a small size video, you can upload online and remove its black bars online. To perform this task online free and without a watermark from the online video editor, Kapwing is our ultimate pick.

It cannot only remove black bars from locally saved videos, but also remove black bars from YouTube videos, since you can paste the YouTube video URL for uploading.

  1. Navigate to Kapwing My Workspace>Studio in your web browser, click Upload to import your video or paste the URL to remove black bars from a YouTube video.remove black bars from video online 1
  2. Choose the Crop tool on the right side, choose YouTube Wide Screen or other cropping aspect ratio.remove black bars from video online 2
  3. Click Export to remove black bars from video online free.