How To Change Canvas Size In Premiere Pro

In video editing, one of the most fundamental aspects to get right is the canvas size. The canvas size matters because it determines the quality and dimensions of your final output video. In Adobe Premiere Pro, there’s a straightforward way of adjusting the canvas size of your project. In this blog post, we will guide you through that process step-by-step.

What is Canvas Size?

In simple terms, ‘canvas size’ refers to the complete area in which your video is displayed. This includes both the parts of your video that can be seen and those beyond the visible area. It’s crucial to set the right canvas size as it significantly impacts the quality of your final video output.

Changing Canvas Size in Adobe Premiere Pro

Now, let’s move on to the main topic. Here are the steps to change the canvas size in Adobe Premiere Pro:

Step 1: Open Your Project

First things first, open Adobe Premiere Pro and the project you want to work on. Once the project is open, navigate to the sequence you want to adjust.

Step 2: Access the Sequence Settings

With your sequence open, locate the “Sequence” drop-down menu at the top of the application window. Click on it and select “Sequence Settings” from the dropdown list.

Step 3: Adjust the Canvas Size

In the sequence settings panel, you will find fields labeled Frame Size, with two boxes representing the width and height of your canvas size respectively. You can manually enter the desired dimensions of your canvas size in these boxes.

For instance, if you are creating a video specifically for Instagram, you’ll want a canvas size of 1080×1080 pixels, which is a perfect square. If you are creating content for YouTube, the optimal canvas size would be 1920×1080 pixels for full HD quality.

Step 4: Save Your Changes

Once you have entered your desired canvas size, click on the ‘OK’ button to save your changes. Your sequence will now be in the new dimensions you set.


And voila, you have changed the canvas size! Remember, the canvas size you choose should be determined by where you’re going to display your video. Different social media platforms have different optimal video dimensions, so always keep the final output in mind while setting up your project.