If you have the original clip, and it is a 4:3 ratio, you could put it into a 16:9 sequence and export it with black bars on the sides.
But before you try that, read this page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/146402?hl=en
Perhaps the yt:stretch=4:3 command will help. YouTube is supposed to recognize the 4:3 aspect ratio. What frame size are you uploading?
Thanks for the reply,
I only have what I downloaded from the link and give or take a pixel or two it's 638x348 which is about 1.85:1 - I believe.
Haven't got as far as thinking about uploading it yet; but it's a pity that it's the only version of the song that I could find on line; and the aspect ratio is miessed up.
Ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.
I think I misunderstood. You want to fix the download, not the upload? I downloaded it with the medium setting, to MP4, using the free YouTube Downloader HD (which should only be used for personal use or educational purposes, of course) and it is 512X288. That is 16:9, the YouTube default.
Just put it on a 4:3 sequence and scale it to fit. You will have to uncheck the "Uniform Scale" checkbox and then just mess with the scale to make it fit the 4:3 frame. Set the scale of the width to 75%.
So, make a 384X288 sequence and adjust the video that way. Here is a short example of my results. (YouTube recognized the song and the artists even from the short clip)
By the way, there are lots of properly uploaded videos of the Everly Brothers on YouTube already. Like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d1ig-dYuLk
Sorry if I wasn't clear in my original post. I try to walk that fine line between not giving enough info and causing people to full asleep when reading a post.
I tried downloading with ReplayMediaCatcher 5 and it failed so I used Camtasia which is the reason for the discrepency in size.
I will go and learn in Premiere now and thanks very much.
I will check out YouTubeDownloader.
BTW - The vid has a Kultur icon and a best friend for a couple of decades is head of Kultur Europe.
I managed it OK - thanks,
You can change the aspect ratio of the YouTube video after downloading it.
There are a ton of ways to chage AVI files Aspect Ratio online today. Just trun to Google. From Macrumors forum, I found a better one:
To change aspect ratio of the source YouTube video to your desired one, you need a professional Video Aspect Ratio Changer which enables to change video aspect ratio among 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1, 1.85:1, 1:1, 21:9 etc.
The above metioned Video Aspect Ratio Changer also has the feature of batch change aspect ratio of video as your need. Hope it will help you more or less.