How to crop a video – guide by Movavi

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How to Crop a Video on Windows and Mac

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 23, 2019

There will undoubtedly be times when you need to crop your video to delete unnecessary information and draw your viewers’ attention to the most important elements. Your video will look much better if you crop vertical black bars from the sides or remove unwanted areas that don’t contribute anything to the finished product. You may also want to crop a video clip to square or otherwise change the aspect ratio.

Movavi Video Editor offers an easy way to crop any video. Just add your video clip to the program, specify the area you want to crop, and save the finished product in the format of your choice: MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, or other. Movavi Video Editor supports Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista and macOS 10.7 or higher, so download the right version for you and learn to crop your videos once and for all!

Cropping video is easy, follow the steps below to learn the best way to do it.

Install the Video Crop Editor

Download Movavi Video Editor to your PC or Mac and run the installation file. Just follow the onscreen instructions to install the video cropping software correctly.

Add the Video You Want to Crop

Start the app and click Create project in full feature mode. After you've done that, click the Add Media Files button. In the window that opens, select the video file you want to crop. The video you’ve chosen will appear on the Timeline at the bottom of the program window.

Add media files to the project for video crop

Crop Your Video

Click on the video and press the Crop button as shown in the screen image to open the Crop and Rotate tool. Change the size and position of the rectangle in the Preview Window to define the desired frame area. Finally, click Apply. Yes, it’s that simple! But Movavi Video Editor is much more than crop software. It is a multifunctional video editor: in addition to cropping video files, removing black borders, and trimming the edges, it enables you to improve video quality, apply special effects, add music and titles, and edit your video in many other ways.

Define the desired frame area and crop the video

Save Your Cropped Video

You can save your movie for viewing on your computer, prepare it for transfer to a mobile device, or convert it for uploading to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo. Just click the Export button and choose the option you want. In the dialog window, select the desired video format or mobile device. Specify the video settings if necessary, and click Start.

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