How to do a 16:9 stream with any size of Video-input
Most webplayers nowadays use the 16:9 format in a webbrowser. It can sometimes even be a problem to stream or record in the 4:3 or 5:4 format and then watching your own stream. The result will be black borders. If you want to learn a bit more about aspect ratios, also check out this guide. But today I want to show you what you can do instead of stretching or squishing your picture to get a 16:9 stream for your viewers.
Your viewers will be thankful and you can use the space to fill it with useful information, a chat, or whatever you want. See the examples:
So what do we have to do to achieve such a result? First of all we have two options:
- Use our (Monitors or Games)Resolution as the base and just increase the width to a 16:9 format
- Use a 16:9 format and resize our Game in the recording/streaming Application
Sounds complex? Its actually quite easy. For the first option you just have to find out your current Monitor resolution and/or Game resolution if its just the game you play in a 4:3/5:4 or 16:10 format. This resolution can be our base, for example:
- 800×600(4:3) -> 600 is our height, 1066 would be our new width to get 16:9
- 1280×1024(5:4) -> 1024 is our height, 1820 our new width
- 1680×1050(16:10) -> 1050 is our height, 1868 our new width
For option number two, we directly choose a 16:9 resolution in our streaming/recording application. For example 1024×576, 1280×720, 1920×1080, 852×480 or 640×360. We then just resize the source of the capture to fit into the preview area. I would recommend to choose a size that lets us downsize the source, increasing the size can mean you get a less good looking picture.
- Logo / Sponsor stuff
- Stream Info
- small undisturbing ads
- map of the game
Now get on, start testing, or check out the Video up above! And see you for the next tutorial.