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I'm looking for software that is able to remove black bars from a movie (the bars found within the top and bottom of a video). The software should meet these requirements,

  • Compatible with Windows 10 64bit
  • Gratis
  • Able to input and output popular video formats such as .mp4
  • Automatically detects black bars and strips them away
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    Aren't those black bars the result of "letterboxing" - displaying a wide/theatrical formatted film on a screen too narrow for it, resulting in vertical shrinkage? What would you like to have happen: trimming off the sides? – CPerkins Apr 18 '16 at 16:56
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    @CPerkins Exactly, removal of the black bars by trimming off the sides – Tom Apr 18 '16 at 17:08
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    How's this? google.com/… – CPerkins Apr 18 '16 at 17:10
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    @CPerkins It did work for me, I was holding off on the upvote due to the quality but it looks like Thomas helped out with that. Thank you for the recommendation:) – Tom Jul 1 '16 at 12:59
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    You're welcome, glad it helped. – CPerkins Jul 1 '16 at 13:02
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I have not tried this myself - I'm just a googler here.

Xvid4PSP seems to meet your requirements.

  • it is gratis (GNU GPL v2)
  • can detect black bars (add a video by clicking the Open button. When the video appears in the program, go to Video, select "Delete black borders")
  • can export to MP4 (MP4 PSP AVC, MP4 PSP ASP, MP4 iPod, MP4 iPod 640, MP4 iPod Touch, MP4 iPhone, MP4 PS3, MP4 Xbox 360, MP4, and many more)
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  • Downvoters: please give new users a chance and at least tell the OP what's wrong with the answer. – Thomas Weller Apr 18 '16 at 18:24
  • Thanks for the edit, Thomas. I don't mind the downvote(s): if an answer isn't suitable, it's not suitable. – CPerkins Apr 18 '16 at 19:40
  • Glad to hear that you're already so cool about it. Took me some time to think like this. – Thomas Weller Apr 18 '16 at 21:50
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    Thanks @ThomasWeller for the edit:) – Tom Jul 1 '16 at 13:00

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