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Video Cropping: Easy Ways to Resize Your Video

Edited by Pat Bitton

October 31, 2019

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

There are several tools that can help you with cropping videos. In this article, we'll describe how to use desktop and mobile apps, as well as an online tool. The desktop program is available for Mac and Windows and has many useful features. With the mobile app, you can crop clips on your iPhone or Android phone. The online tool is handy when you aren’t able to install anything. Below, we’ll cover all these approaches to file conversion. Follow the appropriate links to get to the relevant section.

How to Crop a Video on Your Computer

Consider using Movavi Video Editor. It 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 New project. 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.

Export your video
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How to Transform Your File with a Video Cropper App on an Android Phone

For devices using the Android OS, Movavi also has a cropping app called Movavi Clips. It is a multifunctional mobile video editor that can resize your video in just a few taps. Just download the app from Google Play, install and launch it. Here’s what to do next.

Upload Your Video

On the main screen, tap the Plus button. You’ll see two pictograms. Select the Video one. Locate the clip you want to crop and touch Start Editing. Define the aspect ratio according to your needs.

Crop and Save the Clip

On the toolbar, find the Crop icon. Tap it to access the cropping properties. Move the frame around until you like the result. You can also zoom in the video if you want it to be focused on a particular detail. When you’re finished with the changes, touch the Check mark icon and then the Floppy disc icon to save your cropped video. That’s all there is to it!

You can find the full version of this guide here:

How to crop a video on an Android phone


Movavi Clips is available for both Android OS and iOS. Below, you’ll find the instructions for iPhone.

How to Use a Video Cropping App on an iPhone

Cropping videos on an iPhone is also easy – just download Movavi Clips from the App Store. With this app, you’ll be able to crop your video in no time. Plus, Movavi Clips has many other features that you may find handy. Run the app and get your video cropped by following the instructions below.

Add the Clip

When you open the app, you’ll see a round button with a plus on it. Tap it and choose Video from the two options. Select the desired aspect ratio and then touch the clip you want to edit. Tap Start editing.

Crop Your Video

Go to the Aspect Ratio tab. Here, you can change the aspect ratio if necessary, zoom in on the video, or move the frame. Make your changes and touch the Check mark icon. To save the result, tap the Save button at the top right. Enjoy your clip!

Follow the link below to read the full guide to video cropping on an iPhone:

How to crop a video on an iPhone in 4 easy steps


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How to Make Changes with an Online Video Cropping Tool

When you don’t want to install anything on your computer or mobile device, consider using an online tool such as Here’s what to do:

Go to the Video Cropping Website

Use the link below to get to the website:

Online video cropper

Edit Your Video

To crop the clip, drag it into the rectangle. Alternatively, click the Upload your movie button, then locate the file and hit Open. By moving the dotted lines on the preview, you can define the new aspect ratio. Reposition the frame if you want to choose another part of the shot. Hit Transform Video to launch the alteration process. The time remaining is shown above the preview. After the cropping is complete, click the Download Result button. And that’s it!

The online tool has its own benefits: you don’t need to spend time downloading and installing a program, you can use the tool on any device connected to the internet, and you can crop videos to any aspect ratio you want. On the other hand, it is slower, supports fewer formats, and doesn’t have the option to zoom in on your video. It’s up to you what you choose, but we’d recommend using the online tool for one-time cropping and get the desktop app if you have to crop videos more frequently.