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Detailed Tutorial to Crop Videos using Openshot?

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Feb 08, 22, updated May 20, 24

OPENSHOT is a free and open source video editing software that can be used to create or edit videos for various purposes. It provides the users with some special features like easy trimming, splitting and merging of clips, etc. By using Openshot, you can easily crop your short video (a clip) and also resize it.

OpenShot is freely available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. You can download the software from Openshot official web page given below.

To install the program follow the steps mentioned below:

1) OpenShot can be downloaded from the website After opening your browser, you have to select your operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux).

2) Now you have to choose the correct download link for your computer. You can find 32 bit and 64-bit Openshot software there.

3) Once you have downloaded this software, then open it using a double click on its icon.

4) then a dialog box will open up on your screen, asking you to choose the language. You can select any of them based on your requirements.

5) Now another dialog box will appear on your screen asking you to give the location where you want to install this software. To install it in the default location, simply click on the "Next" button.

 6) Now Openshot is successfully installed on your computer.

Openshot provides some special features like easy trimming, splitting and merging of clips, etc. You can easily cut or crop a part of your video by using its editing tools such as Crop (To remove unwanted black borders), Trim (To remove the unwanted front and end parts of your video clip).

Step-by-step on how to crop videos using Openshot?

To crop your short video (a clip) and also resize it, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open OpenShot Video Editor. Go to Applications> Education> OpenShot Video Editor.

Step 2: Import your video in Openshot. Under the “Project files” tab, you can either right click on your mouse and an Import Files command will show up, click it and choose the video that you want to import.


Step 3: Then, go to the “Effects” tab.


Step 4: From the list of options, you have to choose “Crop” option and drag it to the clip that you want to crop.


Step 5: After dragging it, you will see a letter ‘C’ on the clip which means crop. Right click on it and you will see few selections. Select ‘Properties’.


Step 6: Under ‘Properties’, you will see a ‘Selection’ drop down. Choose ‘Crop’. You can utilize it to adjust to your preferred video size, a video preview will show on the right side of the screen.


Step 7: You can also use the crop frame that will appear on your screen with some handles around it. You can drag these handles from four corners to resize the frame according to the content you want to crop.


Step 8: Once you have cropped your video, then go to the "File" tab in the uppermost part of the editor and select the "Save as" option and save your file.


In conclusion, follow the steps given above to crop your video, resize it and save your work.

There is a better way to do it which using Filmora. It is an online video editing software that allows its users to create videos for various purposes. It provides the users with some special features like easy trimming, splitting and merging of clips, etc. By using Filmora, you can easily crop your short video (a clip) and also resize it.

An easier way to crop video using Filmora

Wondershare Filmora Video Editor is a software created for use on Windows, designed to edit videos. It has many of the features of Adobe Premiere, but it is free.

It supports the following formats: AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MOV, FLV and 3GP.

Wondershare Filmora is different than most video editors in that it does not use timelines. Instead, the user edits clips in a storyboard and adds effects and titles to them. It also has an Audio Visualization feature that plays back music in your collection and shows what you're listening to in real time. There is no voice-over tool and it is not possible to add an audio track.

Wondershare Filmora has a very large number of effects, all editable via keyframes. These include simple motion graphics such as fades and dissolves, but it also includes advanced options like motion blur and chroma-key. There are free downloadable effects, which are created by users.

Wondershare Filmora supports text editing and there is a large library of free fonts available for download on its website. It does not support green-screening/chroma-keying. This can be done in post production via Adobe Premiere or other software.

It also has the ability to add a number of different titles, which can be stacked and moved around in 3D space.

Wondershare Filmora allows you to import photos for use in slideshows and effects. Every clip or image can have its own effect applied to it if desired.

After editing, the project is rendered in real time with no waiting. You can also choose to render only part of the video by selecting the time range.

One final bonus is Wondershare Filmora's media library, which allows users to add files from their computer and sort them by category. This makes finding your desired video a much easier task.

This software has a very simple interface that is easy to navigate, even for beginners. The design of the program makes it intuitive enough that you can start editing videos right away without having to go through tutorials. It is easy to create the desired effects and titles that you need for your video with just a few clicks. Its editing tools are powerful enough for professional use while still being easy to learn.

The one downside is that Wondershare Filmora does not support 4K resolution—the maximum output size is 1080p.

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Step-by-step on how to crop videos using Filmora?

To crop your short video (a clip) and also resize it, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open Filmora video editor. Go to the ‘Home’ menu and click on ‘Open Project’ or go to File > Open Project. Now, select your *.AVI or *.MP4 file.


Step 2: Click Alt + C in your keyboard. A small pop-out will show, it is for the command Crop and Zoom.


Step 3: Drag the corners of the frame to resize the size of your video or adjust position by dragging the handles. You can crop off anything outside this frame and hit “OK”.


Step 4: Adjust the crop and zoom as you like and finally, click on ‘Save Project As’ to export your video.


You can download Filmora free video editor from the official website easily. Just visit the behind-the-link and click on 'Download' to get the installer file. Once you have downloaded it, you need to install Filmora software on your computer to start using it.

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