There will undoubtedly be times when you need to crop your video to get rid of the unnecessary information or remove the black bars from the sides. Here I present some free video editing software/tools that will allow you to easily crop videos. Read on and pick the one you like and we'll also share with you detailed information about how to use these video croppers to crop videos. All free video cropping tools in this article are for desktop and online. If you need some video croppers for iPhone, check iPhone video cropper.
Part 1: Top 11 Free Video Croppers on Desktop and Online
To save your time, I just want to tell you when crop videos with online video croppers such as video cutter, the maximum size that you can upload is limited to 500MB. In some cases, a paid solution on the desktop will save your time in cropping videos. Here, I recommend you to try Wondershare Filmora video editor. You can watch the video below to see how Filmora can be used in empowering your imagination.
You can check the detailed information about Filmora and the steps of cropping videos with it in Part 2. Below are some free video croppers that you can use on your desktop.
This software is specifically designed for cropping videos. It is totally free to use with easy-to-use features. The interface is intuitive to use. It supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and the installation is only 17.49M. Every time, you just need to click the plus icon to import videos. You can also enter cropping numbers to get the precise area while cropping. The settings support changing exported video format. Most importantly, you can also use the render button to get a smooth video effect.
If you're a Windows user, Windows Live Movie Maker can be the easiest tool to help you rotate or flip videos. This feature-rich yet easy-to-use video editing tool is able to rotate the video by 90, 180 or 270 degrees, as well as flipping (mirroring) vertically or horizontally.
3. iMovie [Free Desktop Video Cropping Tool on Mac]
Instead, if you're a Mac user, iMovie can be the best choice. It comes bundled with every Mac so there is no need to download or purchase any additional software. Each click turns the image 90 degrees. Here is a detailed guide about how to use iMovie to rotate videos.
4.Lightworks [Free & Professional Desktop Video Cropping Software]
Lightworks was known for its excellent powerful video editing features, you can find almost all the basic video editing features in it, including cropping. The only shortage is that its interface might be complicated for beginners.
5.Kdenlive [Free Open Source Video Cropping Software]
Kdenlive is an open-source video editing software available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. This video editing software combines the simplicity of entry-level video editors with advanced video editing tools frequently used by experienced professionals.
Online Video Cutter is a free online video editing tool that can be used for different purposes. You can either upload the video files from computer, or by pasting a video link. After uploading the files, you can crop out the unnecessary section and only include the part that you want by simply dragging the frame over the videos.
The interface is intuitive with bold color, so don't worry it is difficult to use. You just need to drag and drop video to the center of the page. You can also use link from Dropbox or Google Drive to start importing videos. You just need to choose which area you want to crop and start naming an exported video format. You can also watch the video online after it is cropped.
This online video cropper is in beta, but it is still a tool that you should have a try. Just import your video to start cropping. You can freely choose square, vertical, horizontal, and portrait. After you crop the video, you can also zoom in and out. One interesting feature is you can add colored video frame. Besides, you can also add text to video, use a pen tool, and more.
EZGif is a cropper tool that is built for many years online. It supports MP4, WebM, AVI, MPEG, FLV, MOV, and 3GP, so for most videos, it can meet your needs. You can use it to crop unnecessary parts off. It supports a graphical crop tool to have what you like. One thing you should know is that when you preview a video, the quality is decreased, but in the real video, it is still of high quality.
It is an online video cropper, so you can directly use it without downloading. Just import your video to create a new project. You can use AutoFit to fill the black bar to your video. The feature of Crop to Fill can help you to crop video to fit the new ratio.
If you want to crop a video on a desktop, Wondershare Filmora is an easy-to-use while powerful video editor for Windows and Mac. With Filmora, you can easily crop or resize your video footage, even make ken burns effects. You can choose any aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 9:16, etc) while cropping, What's more, it offers you over 300+ effects overlays to ignite your story. Advanced features like Chroma Key, Split Screen, Audio Editing, Color Correction are also available for you to upgrade the video. Download it now to have a try!
Step 1: Import video to Filmora for cropping
First, open up Filmora and then click New Project. Click Import Media Files Here to import the video you want to crop. Then drag it onto the timeline.
Step 2: Select crop and zoom
Then right-click on the clip in the timeline. Select Crop and Zoom. A window will appear. There are various aspect ratios to choose: 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, and 9:16. You can also customize the aspect ratio to crop video if you have a different need. You can also rest all settings in one click if something goes wrong. Don't know which aspect ratio to choose? Below is some information for your information.
Twitter: Between 1:2.39 – 2.39:1. Dimensions: 1280 x 720
Step 3: Export the cropped video
After you know how to crop a video, click Export. There are various video formats you can choose MP4, MOV, AVI, and more. It is suggested to export video to MP4 if you don't know which one to choose. For advanced settings, you can also change bitrate and select video quality. You can directly share the cropped video to YouTube and Vimeo. It also supports burning it to DVD.
Part 3: How to crop a video online with ClipChamp Video Cropper [4 Steps]
In this part, I'll share with you how to crop video online with online video editor ClipChamp. You can follow the steps below for cropping videos with other online croppers.
Step 1: Log in Clipchamp to crop videos
If you don't want to download software to crop video, we also have an online solution for you. It is an intuitive and modern online video cropper. For cropping video online, you need to sign up first. You can use a Google account to log in. Just click the top right corner to log in. There are 2 options to choose from the top left corner. You need to choose Clipchamp Utilities if you are using a free account.
Step 2: Import video to Clipchamp
Click Convert my video to import the video you want to crop. You can also record a video on your desktop.
Step 3: Start cropping a video online
After the video is imported, click edit video. You can see there are 5 options you can choose: trim, crop, rotate, flip and adjust. Click crop. Only 2 options you can choose from 16:9 and 4:3. You can also customize it. Let's say you select 16:9. A tick will appear in the preview window. Click it. The cropping effect will be applied to the whole video.
Step 4: Export video
After it is cropped, click start at the bottom right corner. You can upload/share a video or save it to your PC. You can upload the cropped video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and Google drive.
Part 4: FAQs About Online Video Croppers
1. How Can I Crop a Video Online for Free?
You can use Kapwing, a simple, full-featured free online video editor. The Free version gives you access to all tools. There is an extensive collection of tools to meet all your video, audio, GIF, and photo editing needs. You can create and share workspaces. Most importantly, you can upload your video, crop and download it with just a few clicks for free.
2. How Can I Crop a Video Vertically?
The quickest way to crop a video vertically is to use the crop feature in Filmora. To do this, create a new project on Filmora or open an existing one and make sure your video is imported. Next, right-click on the video clip and choose the Crop and Zoom option. A new window will appear with five different cropping options. You need to change the ratio to 9:16 for vertical cropping. Finally, click on Ok to complete the cropping process.
The free cropping tool may not cover all your needs when you want to do more video editing tasks. For a more vivid and presentable video, you can try some more powerful video applications like the Wondershare Filmora.
Cropping video in Filmora is very easy. Right-click the clip in the timeline and then select the "Crop and Zoom" option. In the popup window, select the Crop button. Besides cropping, you can also trim, split and cut the video. Watch the video below to check more editing features of Filmora.
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