Cropping is a video editing option where you can cut out parts of the video frame you don't want to keep. For instance, this can be useful if there are unwanted lines at the edges of your video, which can happen when you convert a video from an analogue source such as an old Hi8 tape to a digital video format.
Cropping is different from trimming a video, where you cut off parts of the beginning or end of the video to create a shorter clip.
To crop a video with Clipchamp, first click on Convert/Compress in your dashboard after logging in.
Then, select an input video.
After a brief loading step, the input video will appear with a preview image showing. Click on "Edit Video" to see all available editing option.
To crop a video, select the cropping tool and then, drag the edges of the grid overlay to the frame size you'd like to keep.
IMPORTANT: To lock in the cropped area, click the check mark in the bottom right of the grid BEFORE hitting the Start button. Otherwise your video won't get cropped in the following processing step.
After clicking the check mark, the cropped frame area will fill in the entire preview window.
If you'd like to achieve a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, select the corresponding option in the lower left of the window. You can choose between Free, 16:9 and 4:3.
You can combine cropping with other editing options.
Once you're done, hit the Start button to have your video edited and processed.