How to Crop Video Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Crop Video on Mac

Do you need to crop a video on your Mac? Whether you want to remove unwanted portions of a video or create a custom aspect ratio for your project, cropping can help you achieve the desired result. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to crop a video on Mac using two popular applications: iMovie and QuickTime Player.

Cropping Video with iMovie

If you already have iMovie installed on your Mac, follow these steps to crop a video:

  1. Launch iMovie from your Applications folder.
  2. Create a new project by clicking on “Create New” and selecting “Movie”.
  3. Import the video you want to crop by clicking on “Import Media” or dragging the file into the project library.
  4. Drag and drop the video onto the timeline at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Select the video clip in the timeline and click on the “Crop to Fill” button in the toolbar.
  6. A cropping frame will appear over your video. Adjust its size and position according to your needs.
  7. Click on “Apply” to save your changes. You can preview the cropped video by playing it in iMovie.
  8. Finally, go to “File” > “Share” > “File” to export your cropped video in a format of your choice.

Cropping Video with QuickTime Player

If you prefer using QuickTime Player, which comes pre-installed on most Macs, here’s how you can crop a video:

  1. Open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder.
  2. Go to “File” > “Open File” and select the video you want to crop.
  3. Once the video is open, click on the “Edit” menu and choose “Trim”.
  4. A trimming bar will appear below the video. Drag the yellow handles to select the portion you want to keep.
  5. To crop out the selected portion, click on the “Trim” button.
  6. Preview your cropped video by clicking on “File” > “Save” and then playing the saved file.
  7. If you are satisfied with the result, go to “File” > “Export As” to save your cropped video in a preferred format.

Note: Both iMovie and QuickTime Player allow you to maintain the original resolution of your cropped video. However, if you need to change the aspect ratio or export in a specific resolution, additional steps might be required.


Cropping a video on Mac can be easily accomplished using iMovie or QuickTime Player. Depending on your preference and specific needs, choose the application that suits you best.

Both applications offer intuitive interfaces and essential tools for cropping videos effectively. Experiment with different cropping techniques until you achieve the desired result. Happy editing!

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