Adobe® After Effects® is one of the most popular visual effects tools, and with good reason. It's fast, reliable, feature-filled, and includes many of the tools that professional and hobbyist video editors and visual effects artists alike love the most. That includes some of the various After Effects® video crop tools, which can help even experienced filmographers better frame their footage or zoom in on points of interest, before applying effects.
If you're looking to learn how to crop a video in After Effects®, you came to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process, step by step, so that before long you'll be able to crop a video in After Effects® without any help whatsoever.
If you haven't got Adobe® After Effects®, or would prefer to use a different application for cropping videos, try these great After Effects® alternatives.
Note: This guide applies to After Effects® 2020 and the latest After Effects® 2021 release, as well as some earlier versions, though the UI layout may be slightly different.