How to Crop a Video on Windows 10

Monday March 29, 2021 4:12 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.

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 on Windows 10 with FilmForth

With a gazillion options to choose from, FilmForth is one video editor that is all about doing things with ease. FilmForth is one of the best free video editors on Windows 10. It not only supports cropping videos with great ease but also provides lots of special free effects and transitions to apply to videos.

Features

  • 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.

  • Free

FilmForth is totally free to use.

PROS

  • Easy-to-use
  • Premium features for free
  • Revert Cropping feature

CONS

  • Lacks options of video output format
  • No presets for popular social media

Detailed Steps to Crop the Video with FilmForth

Step 1. Install and Launch FilmForth on your Windows 10 PC.

Step 2. Create a new project or select an existing one.

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How to Crop a Video Windows 10

Step 3. Add a video either by clicking on the Add Video/Photo Clips button. You can also drag and drop the video file.

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Drop the Video File

Step 4. Select the video feed from the timeline and then click on the Crop & Motion button, given in the dashboard at the bottom.

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Click Crop and Motion

Step 5. 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.

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Crop Your Video Easily

Step 6. Click on OK once you are done cropping the video. And you can always go back if the crop doesn’t feel in place.

How to Crop a Video Online for Free

#1.  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

Features

  • Multiple aspect ratios

Save your cropped video in aspect ratios of your choice. Square and Golden ratio are also available.

  • Preview Window

Test ride 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.

Step 3. Mark the area which you wish to select in the cropping.

Step 4. Scroll down and click on the crop video button.

Step 5. The cropped area video will appear below, and you can play to confirm the selection.

Step 6. When you are satisfied with the cropping, click on the save icon to download the edited video instantly.

# 2. 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

Features

  • 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 no 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 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.

Karen Greene

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

FilmForth - Best Free Movie Maker on Windows 10

  • Free and Easy-to-use Video Editor for Everyone.
  • Edit video from clips and add stylish transitions, filter, titles, on a timeline.
  • Add Audio, record voiceover and change the volume as you want.
  • Give each frame of picture with rich sentiment.
  • All in one for movie maker.
  • Save & Share without watermark.