A video was done in portrait how can you fix it

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A business partner took a video in portrait on an iPhone and now I need to edit the videos (more than one) and insert PowerPoint slides in between.
How do you zoom to make it look the best when it changes from PowerPoint slide to a video shot in portrait?
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set your editing dimensions [project settings] for the dimensions of the Power Point slides; when you put the iPhone videos on timeline, they should fill canvas top-to-bottom, but with borders on the side; apply a desired video background color [in project settings]; a medium gray works well, I also use teal [008080]
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Hi there

At this very moment I'm dealing with a similar situation. I say similar, because for me, the videos are actually horizontal, but high definition. But I'll be presenting these on a projection system in the old 4x3 aspect ratio. This means that I'll have letterboxing going on.

So what I've done for my own presentation is to borrow a technique I've seen on the evening news. Add the video content twice. One copy on one layer and the other copyon a layer above it. I then have been stretching the bottom copy so it is actually wider than the canvas but it completely fills the canvas. Then, between that stretched layer and the perfect layer above it, I insert a black shape that covers the entire "bottom layer" video. I then configure its transparency so it simply darkens that bottom layer video. Lastly, I've added two blur layers that run the duration of the timeline. I configure them to cover the darker areas that would have just been black. 

Here is an example of my Timeline:

And here is what the composition looks like on the canvas:


Note that all the audience will see is the part I've surrounded in red:

Hopefully that will provide some ideas for you.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Wow, great idea, thanks for sharing!!
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I second kayakman's idea. 
I respectfully offer a different opinion on the technique (over)used by the media that Rick Stone mentions.

Here's why i don't like it...
That blurred background adds no value to what the viewer is watching.
In fact, it is highly distracting.
(The brain wants to try and improve what it cannot see clearly - so you find yourself concentrating on the blurry parts instead of the main event.  It's subconscious, but it is happening.)
As a bonus, you can use the sides as kayakman describes to add any explanatory text, calls to action, etc., where appropriate.  (Don't overdo it or it quickly becomes annoying.)