How to Crop a Video on Windows 10

Wednesday July 7, 2021 3:57 PM PDT by Karen Greene

After recording a video with your camera or smartphone, you would need to remove unwanted elements from the content. Or, you want to zoom in on an object in the video to emphasize it.  Now the following part will introduce the detailed steps on how to crop a video on Windows 10 for free.

With a gazillion video croppers to choose from, FilmForth would be your best bet as it is a free video editor with an easy-to-use interface. It not only supports cropping videos in clicks but also provides lots of special free effects and transitions to apply to videos.

Some highlight features you may be interested in:

  • Free – FilmForth is totally free to use.
  • No Watermark – Unlike other free video editors, FilmForth does not impose watermarks on the videos. You can choose to disable it while saving the video.
  • Resize the Crop area – Even when you are done with cropping the video, you can always revert to the older areas by resizing the crop area.
  • Configure FPS – Set the FPS of the video while saving the edits.

Step 1. Run the Video Cropper on Windows 10

Install and Launch FilmForth on your Windows 10. You can get it free from the Microsoft Store by clicking the button below.

Step 2. Upload the Video

Now you should click the New Project to create a new project or select an existing one by clicking the Open a Project button.

New Project on FilmForth

Add Your Video to FilmForth

Then there will pop up a window that is asking you to add a video either by clicking on the Add Video/Photo Clips button. You can also drag and drop the video file.

Drag and Drop the Video to FilmForth

Drag and Drop the Video to FilmForth

Step 3. Crop the Video Now

Select the video feed from the timeline and then click on the Crop button which was given in the dashboard at the bottom to crop the video.

Click Crop Button to Crop the Video

Tap on the Crop Button on FilmForth

Now you should use either of the four edge buttons to crop the video. You can also the width and height boxes to manually crop the video to the dimensions you want.

Crop the Video on Windows 10

Crop the Video on Windows 10

The Ratio box provides 5 options, you can choose 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 9:16 to adjust your video size. The Custom means you can move the four edge buttons to crop the video manually.

Video Ratio

Video Ratio

Click on OK once you are done cropping the video. And you can always go back if the crop doesn’t feel in place.

Step 4. Save the Video

Just tap on the Save Video button to save the cropped video to where you want.

Save the Video

Save the Video

This video tutorial will teach you how to crop a video step by step:

The Difference between Crop, Trim, and Split

The words sound similar, but there are fundamental differences between the three. You cannot use them interchangeably either, as they have different meanings altogether in video editing.

Crop: When you choose a frame of the video to appear on the screen. For instance, you must have seen videos zooming in on a person or an object in a video. That’s what cropping is about.

Trim: Trimming is a video like cutting the head and tails of the video. You trim the video from either side. It is usually done by dragging either side of the video in the timeline feed.

Split: Split is about splitting up a video into two parts while keeping them in the video. You may add other videos, photos, or transition slides between them.

How to Crop a Video Online for Free

#1. Using EZGIF

EZGIF is an online tool that offers a variety of video editing options, apart from cropping. It supports major formats such as MP4, WebM, MPEG, AVI, FLV, 3GP, amongst several others.

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EZGIF Cropping Tool

Some features EZGIF owns you may be interested in.

  • Multiple aspect ratios – Save your cropped video in aspect ratios of your choice. Square and Golden ratio are also available.
  • Preview Window – Test rides your video before saving it. Missed cropping a few things? Do it from the preview window itself.
  • Original Encoding – Encode the video into the original file’s format. You have the option of h.264 as well.

How to Crop Your Video with EZGIF

Step 1. Upload video by browsing your computer’s storage. Alternatively, you can also paste a video’s direct URL.

Step 2. Select the crop video tool from the tool dashboard, situated above the video player. Mark the area which you wish to select in the cropping.

Step 3. Scroll down and click on the crop video button. The cropped area video will appear below, and you can play to confirm the selection.

Step 4. When you are satisfied with the cropping, click on the save icon to download the edited video instantly.

# 2. 123apps – Online Video Cutter

A cropping tool that keeps it relatively easy and swift for all kinds of users. You would not waste time around. Files up to 4 GB of size are allowed on this online tool.

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Online Video Cutter

Some features of 123apps

  • Drag and Drop – Upload a file instantly by dropping the video file into the website.
  • Multiple output formats – Choose between MP4, MKV, and MOV. You can also choose the re-encoding option that will make the video saving an instant thing.
  • Easy UI – The user interface is laid back, offering everything on the screen. Inspired by the modern approach, the operations are straightforward and fluid.

How to Crop a Video with the Online Video Cutter

Step 1. Upload video by dragging and dropping the video file anywhere in the tool’s tab or browser window.

Step 2. Select the first option, the trim icon, given in the dashboard above the uploaded video.

Step 3. The scaled lines will appear on the window. Crop it according to your needs.

Optional: Select the aspect ratio or leave it as it is.

Step.4 Click on the Save button and the video will take a few seconds to minutes to encode. The time will depend on the length and size of the video.

Step.5 Now click on the Save button when it appears on the screen. The video will be downloaded to your computer.

Conclusion

Online tools offer a quick cropping option when you are in a hurry. However, they come with limitations of size, Internet connection failure, and lack certain features in their free plans. On the other hand, video editors such as FilmForth offers a quick and free solution to day-to-day video editing needs.

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Karen Greene

Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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FilmForth – Best Free Video Editor for Windows 10

  • No charge, no watermark, no skill required at all.
  • Export video to MP3 with one click.
  • Add transitions, effects, filter, text to the video as you want.
  • Remove, replace, record and edit the background audio easily.
  • Change the speed, volume, and subtitle on video with ease.
  • Stabilize, trim, rotate, and convert video in seconds.
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