How to Crop a Video Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to crop a video on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we will guide you step by step on how to crop a video using the built-in software on your Mac. So, let’s dive right in and get started!

Step 1: Launch iMovie

To begin cropping your video, open the iMovie application on your Mac. If you don’t have iMovie installed, you can download it from the App Store.

Step 2: Create a New Project

Click on “Create New” to start a new project. Give your project a name and select the appropriate aspect ratio for your video.

Step 3: Import Your Video

Now it’s time to import the video that you want to crop. Click on “Import Media” and select the desired video file from your computer. Once imported, drag and drop the video onto the timeline at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4: Select the Crop Tool

To start cropping your video, click on the “Crop to Fill” button located above the preview window.


If you want to maintain the original aspect ratio while cropping, make sure to select “Ken Burns” instead of “Crop to Fill”. This will allow you to pan and zoom within the frame without distorting your video.

Step 5: Adjust the Crop Box

A dotted box will appear over your video in the preview window. You can click and drag its edges or corners to adjust its size and position. This will determine which part of the video gets cropped out.

  • Drag: Move the crop box around the preview window to reposition it.
  • Corner Handles: Click and drag these handles to resize the crop box.
  • Edge Handles: Click and drag these handles to adjust the width or height of the crop box.

Step 6: Preview and Fine-Tune

After adjusting the crop box, play your video in the preview window to see how it looks. If you’re satisfied with the result, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, go back to Step 5 and make further adjustments until you achieve your desired crop.

Step 7: Export Your Cropped Video

Once you’re happy with your cropped video, it’s time to export it. Click on “File” in the menu bar and select “Share”.

Choose your preferred export option (e.g., File, YouTube, etc.) and follow the on-screen instructions to save your cropped video.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to crop a video on your Mac using iMovie.

Now you can easily trim out unnecessary parts or focus on specific sections of your videos. Have fun editing!

Note: The steps mentioned here are specifically for iMovie version X.XX. If you’re using a different version, some options or menu names may vary slightly.

If you have any questions or face any issues while cropping a video on your Mac, feel free to reach out for further assistance. Happy video editing!

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