Video Editing

How to crop video online

Updated October 12, 2022
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An image of Clipchamp's crop editing features called Fill and Fit with two images overlaid on top of the video editor.

Do you want to remove unwanted footage or unattractive black borders from your video clips? Create professional videos in no time with Clipchamp’s free online crop editing feature. Crop, reposition and transform your videos—no downloads necessary. 

What is the crop tool?

Clipchamp’s crop editing tool allows you to choose a specific part of a video, image, or asset frame you want to make visible and crop out the rest. You can even resize videos into different aspect ratios to suit any platform with no limitations.

An image of a picture changing from having black borders to no black borders using the cropping tool.

How to crop a video in Clipchamp

To start cropping, sign in to Clipchamp or create an account for free. 

Step 1. Upload your media 

Click on the + button or add media button to upload your video, image or asset. You can also drag and drop a video, or upload using one of Clipchamp’s integrations. For this tutorial, we will be cropping a stock video.

An image of a user adding media assets in Clipchamp.

Step 2. Add your video to the timeline 

Drag and drop your video or media onto the editor timeline, or click on the green + button on the video preview.

An image of a user dragging and dropping a video onto the timeline.

Step 3. Crop your video

There are two different ways to crop and resize assets. If you want to use our automatic crop feature to remove black borders, follow option A. If you would like to use the freehand crop tool, follow option B. 

A) To start automatic cropping, click on any asset on your timeline to highlight it in green. Click on the fit option to automatically crop your media to the size of your video's aspect ratio and remove the black borders. 

The fit tool zooms in on your media file to remove any black borders. If you want to change your media's position, freely move it up and down or left and right on the video preview window.

An image of a user clicking on the fit button to crop a video in Clipchamp.


B) You can freely crop unwanted areas of your video using the cropping handles. If you want to turn your video into an overlay, this is the perfect tool as there are no limitations. Click on the crop button to use the freehand tool.

An image of a user clicking on the crop button in Clipchamp.

Cropping handles will appear on the sides, top, and bottom of your video preview. Drag the handles left and right, up or down, or diagonally to crop your asset freely.

An image of a user cropping an asset using the crop handles in Clipchamp.

Feel free to move your media around the preview window to recenter or reposition your asset. Drag and drop your asset left and right or up and down.

An image of a user freely dragging and dropping the video preview window to reposition the asset in Clipchamp.

Click on the tick done button to save your crop.

An image of a user clicking on the done button when finished cropping in Clipchamp.

To undo the changes before saving, click on the revert to original button.

An image of a user clicking the revert to original button in Clipchamp.

Step 4. Save your new video

Once you have finished cropping and resizing your video, click on the purple export button to save your video. Select from 480p, 720p, or 1080p video quality. Save your video to your computer, or share it directly on platforms like YouTube with Clipchamp’s integration.

An image of a user saving a video by clicking on the export button and then 1080p video resolution.

TIP: The freehand crop tool also allows you to also crop GIFs and GIPHY sticker overlays.

An image of a user cropping a video overlay in Clipchamp.

Frequently asked questions

How is crop different from zoom?

Crop and zoom are both editing features you can use in Clipchamp, but they have two different functions. The crop tool adjusts what parts of a video frame are visible throughout the entire clip, while the zoom effect adds a moving zoom-in or zoom-out effect to your video when it plays.

How is crop different from trim?

The crop editing feature is different from trim editing tool as trim changes the length or duration of your video on the timeline. Crop will not change your media's time duration.

Can I remove watermarks with the crop editing feature?

Yes. Feel free to use the crop tool to remove watermarks from your videos or images and add your own logo using the brand kit.

Ready, steady, crop! Create professional videos by easily cropping out unwanted footage in just a few clicks with Clipchamp.

For more help, check out our YouTube video.

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