Tip #1047: Create a Vertical Video Project

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Tip #1047: Create a Vertical Video Project

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Square and vertical video require custom settings in Project > Properties.

The Inspector > Properties settings you need to change for vertical video.

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Since the beginning of television, video used a horizontal aspect ratio. Since the beginning of cell phone photography and video, mobile users shot vertical video.

Sigh…. Drives all us old-school video people nuts!

Still, you gotta change with the times. Here’s how to create a vertical video project in Motion.

  • Create a new project using the Motion Project Browser. Since Motion always creates images at the highest possible quality, it doesn’t matter which setting you pick.
  • Once the project opens, select Project in the Layers panel (It’s named “Project.”)
  • Enter the Width and Height values, in pixels, of the new project. (These will generally be 720 x 1280 or 1080 x 1920.
  • Make sure Pixel Aspect Ratio is set to Square.
  • Set the Duration to whatever length you need.


We can’t save project presets, so you’ll need to do this for each project. However, you can save the entire project as a template: File > Publish Template.

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