How to Crop a Video in iMovie with Proven Effective Methods [2020 Updated]

Lisa Ou

April 21, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I want to use iMovie to crop video. But I have not used it before. Can anyone tell me how to crop on iMovie? Is it difficult? Thanks in advance!

How to Crop a Video in iMovie with Proven Effective Methods [2020 Updated]

As a video editing software for macOS and iOS devices, you can use it to edit video files with simple operations, such as rotating a video, crop videos, trim videos, etc. It was released 20 years ago, and has become one of the most popular video editors on macOS and iOS devices.

In this post, we will introduce how to use iMovie to crop a video and what are the iMovie alternatives.

1. How to Crop a Video in iMovie

Firstly, you should know something about how to use iMovie correctly. It is not a complicated tool, everyone can learn it well with clear instructions.

Launch iMovie and click New Movie > Import Media to import the video file.

Drag the video to timeline, select and click Crop icon when it pops up.

imovie crop video

Crop the video according to your needs and save it.

As you can see, iMovie has its own limitations. If you want more editing features, below alternatives are strongly recommended to you.

2. How to Crop Video in iMovie Alternatives

Requirement makes demands. Tons of video editors are released on the market to helps users crop video files. Some of them even can also enable you to convert video format, improve video quality, merge video files, trim audio file, remove noise from video and more. You can check below 3 recommendations.

For people who are using a Windows computer can move to the first option.

How to Crop Videos on iMovie Alternative - Windows Movie Maker

As a video editor on Windows, Windows Media Player can also crop videos as below,

Run Windows Movie Maker and import a video. Drag the file to timeline.

Click Resize and adjust the video file.

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Save it.

If you want a more professional tool, you might need Adobe Premiere Pro.

How to Crop Videos on iMovie Alternative - Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is famous for its professional and powerful editing features. Users who are familiar with it can do what they want within a few clicks.

Run Adobe Premiere Pro on computer, then drag and drop the video file to it.

Select Effects, then input crop on the box and click on it.

Drag the Crop effect to the video file on the timeline and adjust cropping area.

adobe premiere crop video

Save the video file.

How to Crop Videos on iMovie Alternative - FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate

The most recommended option you should not miss is a third-party program, which is called FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. It helps you easily convert video format, rotate videos, merge video files, remove background audio from video, etc.

  1. It is easy and safe to use.
  2. You can download it on Windows or Mac.
  3. It can help you improve video quality, trim audio files, split videos, etc.
  4. It can add video subtitles, fix blurry video, etc.

Below is how to use FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate to crop a video.

You will be required to download and install the program on computer before using it. Then it will be launched automatically. If it didn’t, please double-click it to run it.

Import the video file. You can click the Add File button on the top of the interface to select a video. Or directly drag and drop the video file to it.

video converter ultimate main interface

Select the video, then click Edit > Crop. Then you can set the cropping area. Click Apply when it is done.

video converter ultimate click to crop video

Click Convert button.

How to Crop Videos Online

For people who don’t like to download any program on computer at all, they can use some online tools to crop videos.

You can search online video croppers on Google, then click one of the results and open it. You will be asked to upload the video file. Then follow the instructions to crop the video. Most of them have certain limitations, you should better choose some professional tools like FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate to help.

3. Alternative to iMovie to Crop Video on iPhone

If you want more iPhone video croppers on App Store, all choices will be listed. Just download one of them and follow the instructions to crop videos without a computer.

That’s all about how to crop a video on computer. FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate should be the best choice for you. Why not download and have a try now!

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