How to Crop Videos on iPhone

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Cropping a video on an iPhone can be a great way to focus on a specific subject or get it ready for sharing on a social media or messaging app. Thankfully, anyone can learn how to crop videos on their iPhone or another iOS device, and the process is both quick and completely free.

What Does Cropping Mean?

Cropping refers to the process of selecting an area within an image or video and deleting everything outside of it. This almost always results in the changing of the size of the source media and can sometimes adjust the aspect ratio of it.

Examples of cropping include the process of removing other people from a selfie or making a widescreen video square shaped.

Is Cropping the Same as Trimming?

Cropping and trimming are frequently used interchangeably but they're technically very different from each other. While cropping changes what you see when looking at a video file, trimming edits the video's length or runtime.

For example, you would trim a video from one minute to 30 seconds but would crop it so it fills the entire screen when used as an Instagram Story. Trimming makes a video shorter but cropping changes how much of the video you can see at any one time.

Why Should I Crop a Video?

There are several reasons you may want to consider cropping a video on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad:

  • To remove an object or person. If you've filmed an amazing video but there's someone in the background who's ruining the shot, you can simply crop them out as you would with a photo.
  • To optimize the video for social media feeds. Many people choose to crop their widescreen videos into a square aspect ratio before sharing on social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook. This is because square videos appear larger in social media feeds and are then more visible on small screens.
  • To optimize for Instagram Stories. Widescreen videos either appear very small in Instagram Stories or focus exclusively on the middle of the screen when zoomed in. Cropping a video before uploading it to Instagram can ensure the video focuses on what you want it to.

Why Should I Crop a Video on iPhone?

Assuming you've recorded and saved the video on your iPhone, cropping a video on an iPhone is much more convenient and time efficient than transferring it to a computer for editing. Video editing apps on iOS devices are also easier to use with their touch controls and feature significantly streamlined export or save options that require very little technical know-how.

While it's easier to edit an iPhone video on an iPhone, you can always send it to another device and edit it there. Most video editing apps support iPhone videos.

What's the Best Video Cropping App on iPhone?

There are several video crop editors for iOS devices, but the best is Video Crop due to it being free and relatively easy to use.

How to Crop a Clip on iPhone With Video Crop

  1. Open Video Crop on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

    Video Crop iOS app for cropping videos on iPhone.
  2. Tap the orange button in the middle of the screen.

  3. You 'll be presented with a list of all of the video files you've recorded on your iPhone. Tap the one you want to crop.

  4. After tapping your chosen video, it will play for you. If this is the correct video, tap the checkmark in the top-right corner.

  5. The next screen will display your video with a crop box over the top of it. Tap and drag one of the corners of the box to begin cropping your video. You can also tap the center of the box to move it.

    Video Crop iOS app for cropping videos on iPhone.

    Preset aspect ratios are available along the bottom of the screen if you need a specific size for your video.

  6. When you're ready, tap the button in the top-right corner to render your cropped video.

  7. You'll now be able to watch your cropped video within the app. If you're happy with it, tap Save to save it to your iPhone or tap More to share it.

    Saving a cropped video will not overwrite the original.

  8. When you're finished, tap the home icon in the top-right corner to return to the app's welcome screen.