Easily give your videos the cinematic trimming they deserve with these free high resolution letterbox video editing templates.
Although filmmakers and video producers can export footage in virtually any resolution, they can only show their work on screens with a specific aspect ratio. For this reason, exporting your footage with mailboxes is a way to display your footage in an aspect ratio other than 16: 9.
What are mailbox templates?
Simply put, Mailboxes are small bars that you can apply to your footage to give them an irregular aspect ratio while maintaining their 16: 9 size. Mailboxes can crop footage recorded in 16: 9 to a more cinematic 2.35: 1. They're also a great tool for previewing how your video will be cropped on an irregularly sized screen.
How do these bars / templates differ from cropping your footage? For example, if you record at a certain resolution, e.g. For example, 4096 × 2160, 3840 × 2160, 1920 × 1080, or 1280 × 720, it determines how your picture looks straight from the camera. Once you've added the clips to the editing program you want, you can set your timeline to the resolution you want. Your footage will then be cut to this resolution.
These mailbox templates are just an overlay so that the entire clip stays as large as your original resolution is.
Recontextualize your film with cinema bars.
So what exactly are these movie bars? They are literally horizontal and vertical black bars placed at the top and bottom or on the sides of your image. Adding these movie bar .pngs and widescreen bar .pngs to your footage is as easy as dragging and dropping them onto your clip. These bars are a great way not only to re-contextualize your movie, but also to demonstrate to others what the movie will look like in the end.
What are aspect ratios?
So before we dive into the mailboxes, let's talk a little bit about what aspect ratios there are and what conditions you can work with when trying to make certain types of movies or videos.
These numbers (like 16: 9, 4: 3, 2.35: 1) describe the width of the screen in relation to its height. The typical 16: 9 describes, for example, a screen on which the image is wide and 9 units high for every 16 units of measurement (inches, feet, pixels).
So the original academy ratio – that is, most films shot at 1.33: 1 (4: 3) – is a more boxy aspect ratio. This has come back a lot lately in smaller films.
16: 9 is probably the most common aspect ratio today. While it's considered a "widescreen" aspect (especially when compared to older 4: 3 TVs), it's actually not quite as wide as most movie aspect ratios. For example, Peter Jackson shot the Lord of the Rings at 2.35: 1.
If you want to learn more, read our guide to understand how and when to choose specific aspect ratios. We even go into detail on examples of your favorite movies and their aspect ratio.
What's in the Free Letterbox Template Pack?
Our Free pack of 352 mailbox templates Contains templates for every popular video resolution in the world including:
- HD 720
- HD 1080
- 3K HD
- 4K UHD
- 8 THOUSAND
Use these templates (see above) to Convert footage in the following aspect ratios:
- 1: 1 square
- 4: 3 silent film / NTSC
- 1.37: 1 academy ratio
- 1.43: 1 IMAX
- 3: 2 Classic 35mm
- 7: 4 metroscope
- 1.85: 1 vision vision
- 2: 1 Panascope & RED
- 2.2: 1 Todd AI
- 2.35: 1 cinemascope
- 2.39: 1 theater & Blu-ray
- 2.55: 1 vintage cinemascope
- 2.75: 1 Ultra Panavision
- 2.76: 1 MGM camera 65
- 3: 1 Extreme scope
- 4: 1 PolyVision
All templates are available in both Black and white mailbox Formats.
Use the free letterbox templates
These free mailbox templates are incredibly easy to use and edit. All files are PNG images with alpha channels. To use the templates, simply drag and drop them Mailbox with appropriate resolution over your sequence in the video editing application of your choice.
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