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:
example1 example2So 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.

example3In most cases you will have then the option to add stuff to either or both sides, move the source to the left or right, whatever you want to do, its up to you! Some examples of stuff you can add:

  • Webcam
  • Chat
  • Logo / Sponsor stuff
  • Stream Info
  • Timer
  • 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.

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