How to Easily Change 16×9 Video to Square Video on Your Phone

Want to use more square videos in your social media marketing?

Concerned you filmed in the 16×9 format?

In this article, you’ll discover how to change landscape video into square video using your mobile device.

#1: Shoot Your Video
If you already have some video you want to transform into a square format, feel free to move to the next step. If you’re hesitant to use your phone to capture your videos, I have a few tips to put you at ease and get you started shooting video.

#1: Shoot Your Video
If you already have some video you want to transform into a square format, feel free to move to the next step. If you’re hesitant to use your phone to capture your videos, I have a few tips to put you at ease and get you started shooting video.

First, start with a script based on key points you want to cover; this will cut down on edit time after you’re done shooting. Even just jotting down the bullet points can be enough to help you stay on topic and make sure you don’t forget to mention anything important.

Second, make sure to position yourself in a well-lit space to minimize the need for lighting.

Finally, remember to clean your camera; a simple wipe over the lens will instantly help.

You likely have your phone on hand at all times, so get comfortable using it!

#2: Format Square Video on iOS Mobile With Crop Video Square
If you’re using an iOS device, here’s how to edit your video and convert it to a square format for sharing on social media.

Tip: If you plan to create several versions of your original video, make copies first. The reason is that when you edit a video in your photo library, you’re editing the original. (Note that if you’re not happy with the edits for a video, you can always open it in your library and select Revert to restore the original version.)

Trim Your Video

To get started, go to your photo library and open your video. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap Edit to edit your video in the iPhone photo library.

Next, tap the three dots icon at the bottom of the screen.

Click the three dots icon below your video in the iPhone photo library.

In the pop-up menu that appears, tap iMovie to access some basic iMovie editing tools.

To trim your video, tap the Trim icon (with the scissors) at the bottom of the screen. Drag the yellow bars to adjust the beginning and end of the video. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the length changes to reflect your edits. Tap the Play icon to preview your edited clip

Create Square Video

Now you’re ready to convert your video into a square format. First, install the free Crop Video Square app for iOS. If you want to remove the watermark from your videos, you can upgrade to the full version for $0.99.

Next, select your video in your photo library and tap Edit. At the bottom of the screen, tap the three dots icon.

Tap CropVS to open the app’s tools. If you don’t see CropVS in the pop-up menu, you need to enable it. To do this, tap the More icon, drag the CropVS slider to green, and tap Done.

Tap the CropVS icon to open the app’s tools.

After you tap CropVS, your video will open up in a square format.

This square, cropped version might not suit your preferences. To preserve the full width of the original video but retain a square format, tap Fit Width. Similarly, tap Fit Height to preserve the full height of the original video in a square format.

The background is white by default, but you can make it black by tapping the color wheel in the lower-right corner of the screen.

If you want to add text, tap the font icon at the top of the screen and then double-tap on the screen. In the pop-up box that appears, type your text and then tap OK.

By default, the text you add is white and appears in the center of the video. If you want to change the color so it contrasts better with the background, tap Color and choose a color from the color wheel. You can reposition the text by dragging it on the screen.

If you want to change the font, tap Font and select a different font from the pop-up menu.

If you’re using the Pro version of the app, you can blur the background. Just tap the Blur BG icon at the top of the screen to access this feature.

If you’re looking for additional functionality or a bigger challenge, you can edit your video in the full iMovie app on your phone first. Here’s an example of a video created with the iMovie app and then edited in the photo library with iMovie and CropVS tools.

#3: Format Square Video on Android Mobile With Kapwing
While it’s web-based and not a stand-alone app, Kapwing is a good free alternative if you have an Android device. All of the site’s tools are free to use, but if you want to remove the Kapwing branding, the fee is $3 for a single video. If you upgrade to an unlimited plan for $10/month, though, you can create watermark-free videos with any of the site’s tools.

To get started, go to kapwing.com on your Android device. (You may want to bookmark this site for future use.) Then tap Meme Maker.

On the next page, tap the Upload button and select your video from your photo library.

Upload a video to Kapwing.

Next, choose either a Black or White template.

Conclusion

Creating videos that engage and resonate with your audience on social media is key. While video editing can sometimes be time-intensive, the editing tools described above make it quick and easy to create square video on the go.

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naomichichi

I am a web developer, Blogger and Digital Marketer who is working as a freelancer at Namco Digital Services. I am living in Lagos Nigeria. You can chat me on Skype: Naomi C.

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