I have several vertical videos which I would like to display in the 16/9 or 4/3 format.

I would like to have the video centered and have a black Background.

I normally use Handbrake to compress my videos but did not find an option to do that.

Is there another Video compressor (open source) who allows to do that? Other wise I have to compress it with handbrake and add the background with Premiere, which takes ages.

Really would like an easier solution.

Thanks in advance for any response.

1 Answer 1


You can use ffmpeg*, a command-line tool, to do this.

Let's say your source video is 360x640, then to make it 4:3, use

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf pad=854:640:247:0 -c:v libx264 -crf 20 -c:a copy output.mp4

where 854 is used because it's 4/3 of 640, and 247 places the video in the center of the padded canvas. See details for the pad filter here.

Similarly for 16:9, use

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf pad=1138:640:389:0 -c:v libx264 -crf 20 -c:a copy output.mp4

where 1138 is used because it's 16/9 of 640, and 389 for centering.

The width value you specify should be an even integer, so you may have to round up/down your calculated width.

*get the latest nightly or snapshot binary for your platform.

  • If there is audio it doesn't need to be transcoded.
    – user12174
    Feb 16, 2016 at 14:35
  • @Mulvya Thanks for the reply. I will try that later on and accept the answer once I did it :) Feb 16, 2016 at 15:09
  • I tried it out. didn't have success yet, but I guess this is the way to do it. Feb 18, 2016 at 17:08

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