Wondershare Filmora
Best Editing Tool for Editing Vertical Videos
  • Background blur effect for decorating black bars in portrait videos/photos.
  • Auto crop or Pan and Zoom photos to fit project ratio.
  • Save the edited video to any popular video format or fit to the mobile device.

How to Edit a Vertical Video Shot for IGTV

The 16:9 aspect ratio is commonly used by most phone cameras today especially in IGTV, which means that if you recorded footage vertically you'll need to find a way to remove the black bars automatically generated by the camera on your phone to fit IGTV.

In this article, we will show you a couple of different methods you can use to edit vertical IGTV videos.

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How to Edit a Vertical Video for IGTV

Before talking about editing IGTV, let's take a look at the IGTV vertical video specs.

Video format MP4
Size 650MB less than 10 minutes
Direction Vertical/portrait 
Aspect ratio 4:5/9:16
Video length Up to 60 minutes

The Best Vertical Video Editor - Wondershare Filmora:

Currently, there are just a few video editing programs that offer as many options as Filmora video editing software. The Wondershare Filmora: enables you to use different aspect ratios for your projects, trim video clips, apply visual effects and for that reason, Filmora is the best vertical video editor on the market.

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How to Edit Vertical videos with Wondershare Filmora

There are two simple and fast ways to edit vertical videos in Filmora, and if you would like to keep the same aspect ratio as IGTV demands in which your footage was recorded, please read the method one. If you would like to change the aspect ratio and still produce an amazing video, scroll down to method 2: Add a blurry background.

Method 1: Remove black bars

Step 1: If you already downloaded and installed Filmora on your computer, double-click on its desktop icon to start the program. Once the welcome screen appears, set the aspect ratio to 9:16 and click on the Full Feature Mode (Choose Create New Movie on Mac) to start working on your new project.

choose portrait video for IGTV

Step 2: In order to import the video clip you want to edit, you need to click on the Import drop-down menu and select the Import Media Files option. Your video will be located in the editor's media bin and you should drag and drop it to the timeline. Once you've placed your video clip on the timeline you'll be able to see it in the Preview Window, you'll notice that the video is still in its original aspect ratio and that it doesn't have black bars on its sides.

black bars vertical

Step 3: You can now start to edit the video clip and remove all the parts of the video you don't want to use. You can also add opening titles, text, end credits or any effect featured in Filmora's Effect library, edit the audio track, add music or manipulate the audio files in any way you want.

Step 4: After you've made all the changes to the video clip you wanted, you can click on the Export button. Once the new window pops up click on the Format icon and proceed to change the resolution of the video so that it fits 9:16 aspect ratio of your project. You can calculate the exact values by using an online Aspect Ratio Calculator. Choose one of the many file formats offered by Filmora such as MP4 and then click on the Export button.

export video filmora

Method 2: Add a blurry background for IGTV video

If you don't want to remove black bar, you can also add a blurry background to make your IGTV video more beautiful. Check the steps below.

Step 1: Click on Filmora's desktop icon to open the video editor, and when the welcome screen appears, set the project aspect ratio to 16:9 (Widescreen). Afterwards, just click on the Full Feature mode to start your new project.

choose widescreen mode

Step 2: Import the video clip into Filmora by clicking on the Import Media Files under the Import option. Once you drag and drop it to the timeline you will notice that the video is in its original aspect ratio, but you'll need to blur the black areas of the video.

black bars vertical

Step 3: In order to blur parts of your video, you need to go to Effects and choose a blur effect you want to apply. Basic Blur, Rings or Mosaic are just a few of the options that you'll have at your disposal. You can preview each effect by simply clicking on it. Drag and drop the blur effect you want to use to the editor's PIP track and adjust its duration so it fits duration of your video clip.

blur background vertical video

Step 4: You can proceed to edit the video clip further. Once you've completed the video editing process, click on the Export button.

Step 5: After the new window pops up on your screen, select the format of the video clip you are exporting and click Export to complete the editing process.


Now, I am sure you have known how to edit IGTV video with Filmora. If you want to know more features to edit IGTV, download it now!

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Sep 12,2018 19:37 pm

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And since Filmora won't let you edit videos in true portrait mode, it makes even more sense to record them in landscape mode to begin with. ;) Think about it... You have your phone with a 9:16 ratio screen (holding it in portrait mode) and record a video... It'll fill the entire screen if you play it the same way. If you add padding with, let's say 25% on each side, the actual video content will only fill up 1/4 of your screen. Leaving 75% of the screen wasted on video padding or even worse, text messages... And don't get me started on watching vertial videos on a horizontal screen with padding... Gaaaah!!! ;)
There are no "black bars" generated by the phone when you record the video. When you record a vertical video, it records in 9:16. It means that the x resolution(horisontal pixels) is in a 9 to 16 ratio to the y(vertical pixels) resolution. When you record in landscape, it records in 16:9. (16 to 9 ratio between x and y dimensions...) The thing you're describing is the phenomenon that occurs when you watch a 9:16 video on a 16:9 screen. Rather than padding the video with nonsense, you should record the video horizontally. That way it'll look great on a TV, computer monitor AND phone. Phones can easily be rotated to landscape mode, you know... Both for recording and viewing! :O ;) (Btw, search for "glove and boots vertical video syndrome on youtube)
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