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How to Change Video Resolution

Oct 15,2019• Proven solutions

There are the circumstances when you will need to increase or decrease the video resolution. For example, when you upload any video from your computer to your mobile, its resolution needs to be reduced; otherwise it will not run. Even in some cases you can increase the video resolution, but the results will not be beneficial. It is because on increasing the video resolution, only size will increase but there is no surety that the quality will also improve. However, sometimes it becomes essential to make these transformations. Just for an example, consider the case in which you are trying to copy a video having resolution 320 × 240 to a DVD. As DVD standards require a high resolution (which should be at least 720 × 480) for every video, you will need to raise the video's resolution (quality) as per needs.

In this article, we are going to show you how to change the resolution of a video with step-by-step tutorial.

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How to Change Video Resolution

You can convert the video resolution with the help of video resolution converter. There are number of video resolution converters available online that also come with the instructions to adjust the video resolution. You can choose any of these converters according to the operating system it is compatible with and various features it is offering. The latest video resolution converters are user friendly and easy to use. Whichever may be the converter, the process is same for converting the video resolution. Let us tell you the steps which need to be followed for changing the video resolution.

1. Download and install the video converter

There are number of websites from where you can download the video converter. Choose one trusted site and download the program. Then, install this software; in the case you are encounter any problem, you can refer to the instructions that are always given on the website. There are some points that you should keep in mind while downloading any converter. First point is compatibility; make sure that the converter is compatible with the OS of your system. Secondly, check if the converter can support the latest technologies of video processing. If it does, then the video conversion will not only be efficient and but will also be quick.

Here we recommend Wondershare Filmora9 (Latest version 9), this is a very easy to use video editor that can also convert the video resolution. Just click on Export > Create > Choose a format you want > Settings > Choose the video resolution from the menu. Then, you video will be exported with the resolution you want.

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2. Import the video to the converter

Now open the program and you will find the button for importing the video whose resolution you want to change. You will find the "Import" button in the primary window of the program. Just click on this button and select the video files that you want to resize. You can check the actual reslution of the video clip by right clicking on it and choose "Properties"

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3. Pick up the desired format for you video

After importing the files, drag it into the timeline, and you can trim or cut it as you like. After that, you need to decide and select the format to which you want your video converted. On the drop down menus you can find the available video formats to make your selection. These formats will be like AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV, etc. There will also be predefined resolution for each of these presets. If not provided, then you can define the desired resolution after selecting any of these formats. Normally, all the resolution formats are defined in the converters but in the case, you don't find the resolution format that is appropriate for device, then you can click on "Custom" and then specify the required width and height for the video.

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If you are changing the video resolution to prepare it for iPhone, iPad, iPod or any other portable device, then you can directly choose "Devices" from the program and then click on the particular format that will fit your device.

4. Confirming the conversion of video

When you convert videos with the help of a video resolution converter, the altered files are by default saved to the folder of the converter. You can change the folder for saving the altered files. For that go to "Browse" button and then to "Destination" field. After that you can select an existing folder for saving the files or can create a new one. Then click on "OK". From then onwards, each altered video file will be saved to that folder.

After making all the selections or specification, you can click on the "Export" button. The process will take few minutes, so you should wait until the process finishing message is displayed on the screen or the folder with altered files opens automatically.

It is not tough to change the video resolution; just with the help of software you can change the resolution of as many videos you want and enjoy the better quality.

What is Video Resolution?

Video resolution can be described as the number of pixels that can be displayed in the display of any device in both the dimensions. The usual format to quote the video resolution is width × height; for instance, "720 × 480". It means 720 pixels can be displayed horizontally and 480 vertically. The resolution on the display is affected by the factors like flat panel display and cathode ray tube which are incorporated in the computer monitors and televisions.

Common types of video resolution

Video Resolution is mainly of those types:

  • 720p = 1280 x 720 - is usually known as HD or 'HD Ready' resolution
  • 1080p = 1920 x 1080 - is usually known as FHD or 'Full HD' resolution
  • 1440p = 2560 x 1440 - commonly known as QHD or Quad HD resolution, and typically seen on gaming monitors and on high-end smartphones. 1440p is four times the resolution of 720p HD or 'HD ready'.
  • 2160p = 3840 x 2160 - commonly known as 4K, UHD or Ultra HD resolution. It’s a very large display resolution and it’s found on high-end TVs and monitors. 2160p is called 4K because it offers four times the resolution of 1080p FHD or 'Full HD'.
  • 4320p = 7680 x 4320 - is known as 8K and it offers 16 times more pixels than the regular 1080p FHD or 'Full HD' resolution. Although you’re not going to see TVs or computer monitors with this resolution too soon, you can test whether your computer can render such a large amount of data.
Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.