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How to replicate the output of the FullScreen template from StreamLadder

How to replicate the output of the FullScreen template from StreamLadder
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StreamLadder is a nifty little tool for creating vertical versions of your Twitch clips for platforms like Tiktok and YouTube Shorts. However, I like tinkering with FFmpeg so I replicated the output with a simple command.

If we look at the Fullscreen template, all it's essentially doing is cropping the original clip down into a 9:16 ratio.

To do the same with FFmpeg we can just do the following:

#!/usr/bin/env sh

# the source video (in this case, a twitch clip)
input=$1

# where you want to save the processed version
output=$2

ffmpeg \
	-i "$input" \
	-vf "crop=w=in_h*9/16:h=in_h,scale=1080x1920" \
	-vcodec libx264 \
	-crf 23 \
	-preset veryfast \
	-c:a copy \
	-s 1080x1920 \
	"$output"

The main part of this command doing all the work is the video filter, denoted with -vf. We do w=in_h*9/16 to set the width of the video to the 9:16 ratio compared to what the height of the video is while we keep the height the same with h=in_h. We finally scale the video up to 1080x1920 with the scale filter.

If the video quality looks a bit pixelated from scaling up too much, anywhere you see 1080x1920 replace with a smaller equivalent like 720x1280


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