I have been using Photoshop Elements programs for editing pictures since way back in the digital scrapbooking days! I don’t know about you, but once I learn a program I like to continue with what I know. Sometimes I want to share videos on Instagram that I shoot landscape and don’t want the black bars around the video. I thought the new 2018 version of Premiere Elements came with square video presets, but I don’t think it does. However with a couple of tweaks, you can create square video with Premiere Elements. The catch is, it has to be a new project.
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You can see how it looks here on my Instagram account.
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How to Create Square Video with Premiere Elements for Instagram
Add Square Video to Premiere Elements Presets
Before we get started on the video, we first have to add a preset to the Adobe presets on your computer. This is a one time thing, once you get it in place you’re good to go.
You can download my preset here –> Square Video Preset for Premiere Elements <–
The name of the preset file is: Full HD 1080i 30 instagram video.sqpreset
The preset needs to be saved with the other Premiere Elements presets in the AVCHD folder. On my computer this is:
- Windows (C:) drive
- Program Files
- Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 (or whatever version you have)
Starting the New Square Video
With the square preset in place we are ready to start editing the video. Open Premiere Elements Video Editor.
Then click File –> New –>Project
Make sure the Force selected Project Setting on this project is checked, otherwise the program will automatically switch to whatever format it thinks is best for your video. This is normally a good thing, except when creating a custom size. Click on the Change Settings button.
In the NTSC –> AVCHD file, click on the Full HD 1080i 30 instagram video preset and click OK, then OK
If you get this project already exists window, click Yes.
Now you are ready to add your video files. To add videos, go to Add Media –> Files and Folders and pick the videos that you want to add. Once added, go to Project Assets and drag the Videos to Video 1 line, or whatever line you want.
The video will fit to the screen horizontally, but you want it to fit vertically. Click on the video in the screen, and you should get the dots around it.
Drag a center dot up, until your video fits vertically within the box.
Ok now you are ready to edit your videos!
After you are done editing the video, there is one more step for video export.
Exporting a Square Video
Click on File –> Export and Share
Click on the Devices tab and select Custom. The first time you do this, you’ll have create a custom export preset. Click on the Advanced Settings.
Then under Basic Video Settings check the Match Source box. The width and height should both be 1080. Click ok and save this preset as something like square video…or whatever you want.
Go ahead and save the video to finish exporting it. That’s it, it takes a bit to set up, but now you are ready to go.