YouTube has provided a way for people to explore their unique talents and experiment with their creativity for the past few years. Users love to make new videos implementing new ideas, and editing the videos in creative styles to keep their audience intrigued as well as gain popularity.

YouTube allows its users to upload videos and provides a lot of benefits to make way for talent and creativity to emerge. Users make a YouTube account and can get subscribers. Their videos get views and likes. As a result, these YouTube video views increase engagement and make your video more visible, which gets you on the explore page, gaining more popularity.

If a viewer likes a video, he gets to share it with their friends and family; hence getting more shares will also help achieve more views. All these views are important if you want to make an income by making YouTube videos.

YouTube Black Bars

Black bars on videos appeared as YouTube had started to offer widescreen in 2008; thus, all videos had black bars on horizontal or vertical sides. It may also become a problem if a person makes videos from his phone vertically. These black bars create problems while viewing as the video is not pleasant to watch. This can result in a low view rate as people may find your video unpleasant to watch and move to another video.

How to Get Rid of Black Bars on YouTube

Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of these black bars. You can get rid of them from your existing videos so that you will not have to delete them, as that will create problems with your engagement. YouTube has introduced tags to help solve the problem and remove black bars from existing videos.

It is important to know about the three types of tags that remove the black bars.

  • yt:crop=16:9

This is the easiest way to remove the black bars. It zooms in the video, which results in preventing the black bars on the sides from showing.

  • yt:stretch=16:9

This tag stretches the video to view the video on widescreen. It makes this possible by making the video in the aspect ratio of 16:9

  • yt:stretch=4:3

This tag is used if the video uploaded is a 4:3; however, it is stretching itself to 16:9. It will squish the video as it is appearing stretched out.

This step-to-step procedure will help in removing the black bars.

  1. Open the YouTube app and sign in to your account.
  2. Open the video you need to remove the black bars from.
  3. Click the edit option next to the video.
  4. Apply the appropriate tags from the tag bar.

You can apply the different types of tags and also improve quality from a tag to help make the video more interesting and pleasant for the viewers to see. This will help increase engagement as well as get more likes, as now the video is perfect.