Are you creating a video to post to Instagram’s IGTV? Planning to make your meme an animated GIF for Reddit? Cutting gaming footage for a highlight reel? KineMaster provides a flexible project settings interface so that you can make your video to precisely fit how you plan to use it.
Give it a name! Naming your project will make it easy to locate when you’re uploading it to cloud storage, social media, or just looking for it when your phone or tablet is connected to your PC.
TIP: You may need to scroll up to see the Project Name field.
Select an aspect ratio that suits the kind of project you plan to make. Once you select a project, you can’t change the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio buttons show some example social media sites that allow posting videos in that particular aspect ratio, but you aren’t limited to posting there! There are many reasons why you might choose a particular aspect ratio– and flexibility is the whole point.
If you shot most of your videos in either vertical or horizontal (landscape), then you might want to choose a complimentary aspect ratio to best showcase your work. On the other hand, if you’re more focused on where your final video project will be seen, it might be better to create a video project that uses an aspect ratio suited to that platform. (4:5 works better for your Instagram feed than 16:9, for example.)
Aspect ratios are not the same thing as resolution! Your 16:9 video can be 4K (3840×2160), 2K (2560 x 1440), 1080p (1920×1080)), 720p (1280 x 720), etc. That is because aspect ratio is a proportional scaling of the exact pixel dimensions that your video has.
16:9 Standard Widescreen
Many devices, monitors, and TVs today are or are very close to the 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that for videos shot in landscape, 16:9 is the best choice. This is the standard aspect ratio for DVDs, and can be seen in use on most social media sites (YouTube, in particular).
9:16 Vertical Videos
Shortform video apps, like TikTok and IGTV, popularized this aspect ratio, which is a more natural orientation for mobile viewers. Today, many sites promote vertical videos (Reddit, YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels, and more). If you shot video holding the phone or tablet vertically, this aspect ratio will fit your footage.
The square video format has limited uses for social media (for now, it’s most frequently seen on Instagram). However, from an experimental point of view, this aspect ratio has a lot to offer. We expect to see interesting things come from videographers who explore the potential of this aspect ratio in the years to come.
4:3 Standard TV
Before everyone was shooting videos on their smartphones and tablets, 4:3 was the standard aspect ratio for video intended to be watched on televisions. If you are digitizing old footage, or trying to get a retro look to your video, 4:3 is a good place to start.
Somewhat separate from other aspect ratios offered by KineMaster, or commonly supported by social media, the 3:4 aspect ratio best fits vertical photography. There are many creative and practical purposes for creating a video with this aspect ratio, and experimentation is half the fun of any video project.
4:5 Social Media
There isn’t really a precedent for videos presented in 4:5. It’s an aspect ratio that’s ideally suited for modern (and mobile!) video viewers. 4:5 videos make optimal use of the space given to social media posts across a range of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you want to maximize the amount of time someone sees your video as they scroll, this aspect ratio is for you (we’re looking at you, marketers).
2.35:1 Ultra Widescreen
If you’re trying to capture a cinematic feel for your videos, look no farther. Videos created in 2.35:1 will be letterboxed on nearly every screen and across every social platform that allows full-screen viewing. This aspect ratio will allow your wide-angle shots to get that captivating theater feel, and make your close-ups feel particularly intimate.
Photo Display Mode
When you select a video or image that isn’t shot with the aspect ratio that you selected for your project, Photo Display Mode determines the default presentation.
Fit will keep your video or image at the aspect ratio it was shot with, and fill the surrounding space with black (letterboxing).
Fill will crop your video or image so that there is no black surrounding it.
Auto will try to determine, based on the content of the video or image you’re importing, which option is best suited.
Photo Display Mode only applies to the default setting. Videos and images can be changed from Fit to Fill using the Pan and Zoom tool, or by zooming in or out of a media layer using a two finger spread or pinch.
Despite the name, Photo Duration changes the default amount of time any layer takes when added to your KineMaster project. This is a particularly useful setting if you’re planning to make short videos.
When you move the slider, the amount of time a video or image layer, or an asset, text layer, or handwriting layer appears will adjust accordingly.
This sets the default amount of time a transition takes between videos or images.
TIP: Not every transition looks better if it has more time! Be sure to play back your video on the editing preview screen to determine whether or not the amount of time it has is appropriate. You can manually adjust the duration each transition takes in your project by tapping the transition button between clips (if you don’t see it, you can zoom in on the Timeline by putting two fingers over the Timeline and spreading them apart) and then adjusting the duration with the slider that appears.
KineMaster projects can be shared, downloaded, or backed up to another SD card or device by using the Export option on the KineMaster Home Screen.
While you can automatically start a project import by tapping a .kine file in either the Files app (iOS) or equivalent files explorer app (there are many) on Android, if you want to do it directly from KineMaster, this button is where you begin.
To import a .kine file, you will need to have it saved on your device, to an attached storage device, or to an SD card. When you tap the Import Project button, you will need to locate the .kine file.
TIP: Videos, images, or audio removed from your device will not appear in your project. Selecting the aspect ratios 4:3, 3:4, 4:5, or 2.35:1 may disable some assets.
It’s very important to remember that KineMaster doesn’t duplicate or save your videos, images, or audio files anywhere else on your device. If you add media to your KineMaster project, then delete the media from your Gallery (Android) or Photos (iOS) app, it will disappear from your KineMaster project, too! You can learn more about managing files on your device here.