If you are a modern content creator and realized that you actually want your vertical video to be horizontal, I will show you how to make the switch in Kapwing. I’ll go over everything you need to know about aspect ratios, scaling and resizing of your video, and different ways to achieve the horizontal video look.

How To Convert a Vertical Video To a Horizontal Video? Go to http://kapwing.com/ on your desktop or mobile device and select Start Editing. Select Click to upload and find the vertical video on your camera roll or folder. After choosing a video, wait a few seconds for the video to load in the timeline.

Once the video has loaded into the timeline, you can change the aspect ratio. On the desktop, go to the right-side panel and choose 16:9 as the output size. On mobile, select Edit Background and choose 16:9 as the output size. The canvas should now be horizontal.

Next, tap on your video and four dots should appear in each corner. Drag one of the corners until you see that the video fits the entire size of the canvas. You will see a horizontal and vertical red line across the canvas when the video has been aligned in the middle of the canvas.

If you don’t want the video background to be white, you can select Edit Background to change the colors to the one you like best.

You can export the video if you don’t want to add a blurry background or change the background color.

How To Convert a Vertical Video To a Horizontal Video

you might want to fill in the blank for horizontal video, some video creators like to add a blurry background to the video. On the desktop, copy the video and paste it on the timeline; this will be your new background video layer.

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On a mobile device, upload the same video to the timeline. You should now see two layers on the timeline. For the background video layer, use the purple corners to drag and resize one of the video layers to fill the entire canvas.

On the desktop, find the Adjust on the right-side panel and use the Smudge slider tool to create a blurred background. On mobile, select the background layer and tap Edit Video then Adjust. Scroll down until you see Smudge. Drag the slider to the right to blur the background, and touch Done adjusting.

How To Convert a Vertical Video To a Horizontal Video
Before and after adding blur to background layer video

After changing the aspect ratio and scaling the video, you are ready to export! Tap the green Export Video button above the workspace. When the video is done processing, click the Download and the video will be saved to your device. You can log in and create a free account on Kapwing to remove the watermark before posting on social media.

Hope this video helped you change your vertical video to a horizontal one. If you decide you want to revert to vertical video, you can select the 9:16 output size in the Kapwing Studio workspace. 

If you are interested in more photo and video editing tips, visit our Resources page where we post regularly written tutorials. Don’t forget to tag us @KapwingApp on social media to share what you’ve done with Kapwing. We love supporting our creators! While you’re here, check out the related articles below:


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