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  • Background blur effect for decorating black bars in portrait videos/photos.
  • Personalize the crop area as you want.
Top 10 Free Video Cropping Tools on Desktop and Online
By Liza Brown Apr 25,2019 16:05 pm
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.

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 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. 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: How to crop video on desktop

If you want to crop a video on desktop, Wondershare Filmora9 is an easy-to-use while powerful video editing software for Windows and Mac. With Filmora9, you can easily crop or resize you 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!

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Step 1: Import video to Filmora9 for cropping

First, open up Filmora9 and then click New Project. Click Import Media Files Here to import the video you want to crop. Then drag it onto timeline.

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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 ratio 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.

  • Instagram Stories: 9:16. Dimensions: 1080 x 1920.
  • Instagram IGTV: 9:16. Dimensions: 1080 x 1920.
  • Facebook In-Feed Video: 16:9, 9:16, 2:3, 4:5, 1:1. Dimensions: 1280 x 720
  • Facebook 360 Video: 2:1. Dimensions: 4096 x 2048
  • Snapchat: 9:16. Dimensions: 1080 x 1920
  • Twitter: Between 1:2.39 – 2.39:1. Dimensions: 1280 x 720

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Step 3: Export the cropped video

After you know how to crop a video, click Export. There are various video format 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.

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Part 2: How to crop a video online

Step 1: Log in Clipchamp to crop videos

If you don't want to download software to crop video, we also have 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 Google account to log in. Just click the top right corner to log in. There are 2 option to choose at the top left corner. You need to choose Clipchamp Utilities if you are using a free account.

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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.

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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 option you can choose: 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.

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Step 4: Export video

After it is cropped, click start at the bottom right corner. You can upload/share video or save it to your PC. You can upload the cropped video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and Google drive.

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Part 3: Top 10 Free Video Cropping Tools on Desktop and Online

1. Easy Video Maker

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 on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and the installation is only 17.49M. Every time, you just need to click plus icon to import videos. You can also enter cropping numbers to get the precise area while cropping. The seetings supports changing exported video format. Most importantly, you can also use render button to get a smooth video effect.

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2. Windows Movie Maker

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 degree, as well as flipping (mirroring) vertically or horizontally.

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However, Windows Movie Maker has been discontinued by Microsoft. You can still find installation packages on some third-party authoritative download sites.

3. iMovie

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.

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4. Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resole was known by its excellent color correction feature, but it's a great video editing software as well, you can find almost all the basic video editing features in it, including cropping. The only shortage is that it's interface might be complicated for beginners

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5. Kdenlive

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.

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6. Video Cutter

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.

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7. Crop Video

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.

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8. VEED

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 pen tool and more.

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9. EZGif

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 crop unnecessary parts off. It supports 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 real video, it is still in high quality.

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10. Clipchamp

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 Auto Fit to fill black bar to your video. The feature of Crop to Fill can help you to crop video to fit the new ratio.

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Conclusion

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 Filmora9.

Cropping video in Filmora9 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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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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Currently, you can crop it with 16:9, 4:3 or crop it manually. I think the dimension is depending on your original video footage. Correct me if I am wrong.
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Would be nice if one could specify the dimensions In Filmora. Yes, it has the custom option, but then you have to crop it manually without any size guide. Which means you really only get a perfect crop with 16:9.