Formatting Tags

You’re able to alter the appearance and format of your video by adding specific tags to your video. You can add these tags before you upload your video file to the site, or you can also add the tags to edit an existing video that you’ve uploaded to your account in the past. The video’s altered appearance will display when the video plays on YouTube and in embedded players.

To add formatting tags to a video file you’re about to upload:

1. Sign into your YouTube account, and click Upload from the top of the homepage.
2. On the next page, click Upload video then select the file you’d like to upload from your computer.
3. As the video file’s uploading, you’ll see the Tag category below the upload progress bar. Depending on how you’d like to format your video, type one of the following tags into the Tags section:

        Tag: yt:crop=16:9
        (Zooms in on the 16:9 area, removes windowboxing)

        Tag: yt:stretch=16:9
        (Fixes anamorphic content by scaling to 16:9)

        Tag: yt:stretch=4:3
        (Fixes 720x480 content that is the wrong aspect ratio by scaling to 4:3)

Once your video uploads to the site, it should be formatted according to the formatting tag you added while the video was uploading.

To add formatting tags to a video you’ve already uploaded:

1. Sign into your YouTube account.
2. Click your username located in the top right-hand corner of the YouTube homepage. A drop-down menu will appear; click Video Manager.
3. Click the Edit button to the right of video you wish to add formatting tags to.
4. Depending on how you’d like to format your video, type one of the following tags into the Tags section on the left:

        Tag: yt:crop=16:9
        (zooms in on the 16:9 area, removes windowboxing)

        Tag: yt:stretch=16:9
        (fixes anamorphic content by scaling to 16:9)

        Tag: yt:stretch=4:3
        (fixes 720x480 content that is the wrong aspect ratio by scaling to 4:3)

        Tag: yt:quality=high
        (default to a high quality stream, depending on availability)