Aspect Ratio Questions from a noob

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Hi all! I have a series of short mp4 and mov files recorded from cell phone and laptop cams that we'll be playing on a 16' x 9' screen.

I'm attempting to resize them all to as close to 4:3 as possible (or best fit for the screen size if there is a better option I'm not aware of). The challenge I have is that some of the cell phone recordings are recorded with the phone horizontal, some vertical, and then there are those that were recorded on a laptop webcam.

Can someone recommend a process to resize these video files of varying dimensions so that they all flow together visually as much as possible? I'm using a mac, a strategy I've been leaning toward is: Edit>>>Project Settings, and just manually changing the dimensions for each video to 1280W x 960H, Is there a better way to do this? Thanks!

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This seemed like an intriguing issue, so I just put together a quick little test video (unlisted on YouTube).

I recommend you using 1080p (1920x1080) if that is possible.

With my portrait video, I put a matching background box behind it.

With my horizontal video from the phone, it was good to go.

With my Mac, I had to stretch it out a bit.

Next, I tried a few transitions (there are lots to choose from). Personally, I kind of like no transitions but I also picked two I thought would be useful, which are Pixelate and Wipe. Hope this helps.
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One other thing.. best to watch the video on YouTube, because it seems the embedded version puts a little bounding box at the top and bottom the way it is displayed on this Techsmith site.