1. 16:9

This is the most common aspect ratio in video – Widescreen.

Camera’s shoot natively in this shape and TV’s are this shape. Common pixel sizes for this aspect are 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and 3840 x 2160 (4K)


2. 9:16

This is basically the widescreen aspect rotated 90 degrees – Vertical

Our Blackmagic camera’s can shoot in this shape now and this is best for Mobile viewing, Social posts are predominantly in this aspect now. Reels on Instagram are this aspect. The most common pixel sizes for this aspect is 1080 x 1920.


  1. 1:1


This is not a native production size for camera’s but does lend itself well to cropping widescreen footage. In the cropping, you still get a lot of the action that was intended for a widescreen shot. The Common pixel size for this aspect is 1080 x 1080 and is often used in social media posts such as LinkedIn or Facebook.



  1. 4:3

Showing our age now – this is how we used to deliver TV commercials or shoot corporate video prior to widescreen being introduced. Remember watching your old box square TV – this was the ratio. The pixel size for this was 768 x 576


  1. Cinema

Cinema crops are wide but with the top and bottom letterboxed a little. There are various ratios that will fall into this section, including anamorphic and they heavily depend on the camera’s sensor area and codecs. We use Blackmagic camera’s and some of the aspect ratios for this are 2:4:1 4096 x 1720 and Anamorphic 2880 x 2160.