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Tourist
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Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

I have taken numerous videos on my Hero 6 and used iMovie to create YouTube videos. All of these videos were showing as wide screen (mixture videos in linear and wide view) and appear on YouTube as wide screen. However, now they are all showing as square and the look awful!! Can someone explain why they’ve changed and how I change them back?? Iv taken lots of new videos I want to edit but they are all in this horrible square format that I can’t do anything with!
GoPro
Posts: 6,896

Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

Hi @nicedawn01830

 

Is there a chance that the aspect ratio was changed? Make sure you have 16:9 selected.

We will appreciate if you also share a sample file so we can assess the issue further.

 

Thanks!

Ej

 

 

 

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

Hey!

Thanks for the response. How and when do I alter the aspect ratio? Would that change the videos that were once 16:9 to 4:3?
Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

Screenshot 2019-03-12 at 19.16.48.png

 

Hi, 

 

Please see a screen shot - these videos were taken minutes apart and the aspect ratio has changed between them - but no changes were made on the Go Pro. I have hundreds of videos that were wide screen that have now turned square. Perhaps there is an easy fix but I cannot seem to find one.

GoPro
Posts: 1,491

Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

Thanks for the update, @nicedawn01830. It seems strange if the aspect ratio changed all of the sudden without manually changing the settings of the camera. And this can only be configured before you start recording. Once a video is recorded, the aspect ratio can no longer be changed unless you use an editing software to modify the frame.

 

Do you still have the raw (unedited, original) files of the videos? You can check if whether these files are originally on 16:9 aspect ratio or not.

 

If the files were originally set on 4:3 aspect ratio when you recorded the videos, I suggest to edit them using your editing software or use a video converter to change the frame.

Tourist
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Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

This is the screen shot of the original unedited footage on my go pro. They were definitely recorded in 16:9 because as I said I edited them previously and they were widescreen. How do I check the aspect ratio?
Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

I want to comment, I'm having the same exact issue. I've got the camera set to record 4k@30fps 16:9 super wide. Occasionally/randomly the camera will capture in the wrong resolution if you're using the quick record feature with the camera powered off.

GoPro
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Re: Hero 6 videos have changed from widescreen to square?!

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Hi @nicedawn01830, there are two ways that I know of to get the aspect ratio details of the video files:

  1. If you have you had the contents imported to Quik for Desktop, you can go to the Media folder then right click on the video, and select Get Info. Check the RESOLUTION.
  2. If the video files are locally saved in your computer, right click on the video then select Properties and click on Details tab. Check the video's Frame Width and Height.
  • 1440x1080 resolution equates to a 4:3 frame aspect ratio, and 1920x1080 equates to 16:9.
  • Other 4:3 aspect ratio resolutions: 640×480, 800×600, 960×720, 1024×768, 1280×960, 1400×1050, 1600×1200, 1856×1392, 1920×1440, and 2048×1536
  • Other 16:9 aspect ratio resolutions: 1024×576, 1152×648, 1280×720, 1366×768, 1600×900, 2560×1440 and 3840×2160

 

Hi @snowywave16634, the QuikCapture feature will take whatever resolution setting is set in the camera before you turn it off. If this camera feature is not working as how it's supposed to, you may try re-flashing the camera's firmware update to help correct any errors with the current software installation. Follow the manual update instructions specified on this article: Software Update Instructions for HERO7 Cameras