There will undoubtedly be times when you need to crop your videos. For example, when you got some video files with black bars on top and bottom or you want to crop videos with large dimensions to fit the small screen of devices. Please note: the software recommended in this article is for Windows, if you need some tutorial about how to crop videos on Mac, please click here.
Though there are many video editing software for cropping video footage, Wondershare Filmora is highly recommended. It's a powerful video editor that not only crop your video files on Windows or Mac, but also allows you to enhance the video with visual effects, transitions, titles and more. When you finish video editing, you can always find a suitable output format to generate your final result without any quality loss. Apart from that, you can also export to other options, e.g. share on YouTube or burn to DVD video directly.
Automatically or manually crop your video into different size.
Support a wide range of video formats including AVI, MOV, FLV, WMV, MKV and more.
Apply effects, use filters, add titles, music and logo as you like.
Export in different formats, directly uploads online or burn discs.
Available both on Windows and Mac
Part 1: How to Crop a Video with Filmora
There are several ways to cropping video footage in Filmora. You can set up the preference after creating a project and then go to the Editing tab to set up the Photo Placement.
Crop to Fit will set the video size to match the project settings aspect ratio automatically, so there will be no black bar and no need to crop the footage one by one. This feature is very useful if you have shot lots of pictures in 9:16 with smartphone and want to use them in your video project. You can also use the Pan & Zoom feature to zoom in the footage after cropping automatically.
Step 1. Import video files to crop
You can either click "Import" on the primary windows and select files from your computer, or just simply drag and drop files to the User's Album before adding them to the Timeline for editing.
Step 2. Crop videos
Now drag videos from the User's Album to the video track on the Timeline and right click the video. You will find a "Crop and Zoom" button in the menu. Click it to access the editing window to crop videos.
As you can see, there are 5 options at the bottom: Custom (which means you can crop the video clips as any aspect ratio you like), keep the crop area in 16:9, 4:3 or 1:1 aspect radio. Note that you should select a corresponding aspect radio when exporting if you have chosen a radio here. Otherwise, black bar will be generated. For example, you have cropped your video to 16:9, and then you need to set the Resolution in "Advanced settings" as 480*272 or 1280*720.
Step 3. Export cropped video
When the result is OK, click "Export" to save your cropped video. You can export video in any popular formats on the local computer by choosing "Format". If you want to play video creation on iPod, iPhone, iPad, click "Device" and select the thumbnail of your devices. You can also directly upload your cropped video to YouTube or burn to DVD discs for playing on TV using a DVD Player.
Part 2: How to crop a video on iPhone and iPad
Do you want to crop a video on your iPhone or iPad? Well, you can easily crop videos in iMovie - the built-in video editor in iPhone and iPad. It allows you to zoom in/out a video first, and then start cropping the part that you don't want to use. As the cropping function is not easy to find in iMovie, we will let you crop video step by step. However, before you start cropping a video, remember to install iMovie first.
Step 1: Import video first
Open up iMovie first and click Project at top. Then click the plus icon. Select Movie to start importing videos that you want to crop. iMovie will create a new project for you automatically.
Step 2: Enable cropping feature
Now, tap the video in the timeline. A toolbar will appear in the screen. Tap on magnifying glass icon in the top right corner to activate cropping. After you see Pinch to zoom video, you can use gesture to start zooming and cropping a video until you get what you want.
Step 3: Save the cropped video
Tap Done at the top left corner. Now, you can save your video to iPhone or iPad. Choose save video. You can select four settings to save. You can go to Camera Roll to check the cropped video just ago.
Part 3: Video Cropping Tips
1. It's always a good idea to preview your video before you export them to your hard drive. Make sure the video has not been cropped too much.
2. Make sure the aspect ratio of the cropped video is the same with that of the selected output format.
3. Note that the quality of cropped video depends on the chosen output format to some extent. For example, you have selected small dimensions, but output as large dimensions of the video, the quality would not be good. In such case, smaller output dimensions are preferred.