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Remove Audio from Video in VLC (Step by Step)

Looking to remove audio from video in VLC on your Windows or Mac computer?

In this article, we’ll show you how to remove audio from your video using VLC with clear step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Also, as a bonus, we’ll show you an easier way to remove audio from a video on your Windows or Mac computer.

How to Remove Audio from Video using VLC

VLC is a popular media player that’s available on both Windows and Mac. if you don’t have it installed, you can download VLC for Windows or VLC for Mac OS X.

Once you have installed VLC on your computer, follow the steps below to remove audio from your video using VLC:

  1. Open VLC and then navigate to Media > Convert / Save.
    go to media and convert save
  2. Now click on the Add button in the Open Media window to select the video you want to mute. Then click on the Convert / Save button in the bottom right corner of the same window.
    click add to import video you want to mute
  3. In the Convert window, click on the button with the wrench icon on it as shown in the image below.
    click wrench icon
  4. In the Profile Edition window, go to the Audio codec tab and untick the Audio checkbox.
    go to audio codec and untick audio checkbox
  5. From the same window, click on the Create button in the bottom right corner. You’ll now return to the Convert window.
    click create
  6. Click on the Browse button to pick a location to save your muted video.
    click browse
  7. Finally, click on the Start button in the bottom right corner of the app window.
    click start

How to Remove Audio from a Video: The Easy Way

If you’re a Windows or Mac user, you can use Animaker’s video muter to easily mute videos for free! All it takes is 3 simple steps to remove audio or sound and download your videos using our super-simple video muting tool.

For those who are unaware of Animaker, it is an all-in-one DIY video making app designed to help non-designers make professional-quality videos from the comfort of their browser.

Our video muting tool works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., and if you use one of these browsers, you can easily mute your videos on your Windows or Mac computer. 

If you’re looking to quickly mute your videos for Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, then Animaker’s video muter is the best tool for the job. Also, you can mute videos in MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more formats.

Step 1: Sign Up/Sign In and Pick the Dimensions

First, sign in to your account or create a free one. Now choose the dimensions or the aspect ratio you’d want your output video to be in. You can pick Square, Landscape, or Vertical from the Create a video section in your dashboard. Or, use the Custom Size button to set your own custom dimensions.

pick the dimensions

click on the custom size button

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Upload the Video and Remove the Audio From It

Now upload the video you want to mute or remove audio from. Animaker allows you to upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Head to the Upload tab in the main navigation bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Now click on it to set it onto the canvas of your chosen dimensions.

set the video you want to mute

Then, click on the scissor button as shown in the image below.

click on the scissor icon

Now in the popup window that appears next, you’ll find a yellow speaker icon in the bottom right corner. 

click on the yellow audio icon

Click on the yellow speaker icon to mute or remove audio from your video. Once you click on the icon, you’ll notice that it’ll display the mute icon to indicate that the sound has been removed. Now click on the round green button in the bottom right corner to save the changes.

click on the green button

Optionally, you can also add a voiceover, or add background music to your video. If you want to add a voiceover, you’ve got three ways to do that: you can record your own voiceover, upload a voiceover file, or generate voiceover using text. To add a voiceover, click on the Video Timeline icon, then click on the Voiceover icon in the bottom left corner of the app screen, and pick an option from the dropdown menu.

add voiceover

To add background music to your video, simply head to the Music tab and pick a background music track from our huge, free music library.

add music track

Step 3: Preview and Download

You can preview the video by clicking on the play button beside the Share button. You can then download the video to your computer by clicking on the Publish button and then selecting Download Video from the dropdown menu. Or share it directly to various social media platforms from within the app.

download muted video

 

Apart from letting you remove audio from your videos, Animaker offers other essential video editing tools you’d need to edit your videos for your social media channels and website.

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… feel free to check out these tools and learn why it’s the go-to video editor for marketers and content creators.

Got any questions about muting your videos in VLC? Any interesting tips or tools to remove audio from your videos on Windows or Mac that we seem to have left out? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

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How to make a cute valentine’s day video? [A Simple Guide!]

February is the month of love.

It’s around this time of the year you can see confetti, chocolates, roses, and heart-shaped balloons all around you. 

The V-day buzz calls for a lot of romantic gestures, shopping, and planning surprises.

According to NRF, over 52% of U.S. adults plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, spending a total of $21.8 billion.

Valentines day 2021

The day accounts for spending a lot of money on expensive gifts and experiences. 

But big romantic gestures need not always be materialistic or dramatic.

In fact, Google revealed in 2020 that searches happening around valentine’s day are not always about tangible gifts but also about getting creative with conveying your emotions!

Valentine's day 2021

Source: Think with Google

On Valentine’s Day, there are almost as many searches for “valentine’s day  gifs” as “valentine’s day gifts.” The search for GIFs has a specific spike around February 13 and February 14. 

Not just that, searches for Valentine’s Day quotes actually exceed both GIFs and gifts. 

Does that mean you have to create Gifs for your Valentine?

Not exactly. 

This search trend gives us one insight: People want to treat their loved ones with creative and personalized gifts.

Whether it is a cute compilation of digital memories of all the special moments that you have spent together or your favorite quotes and gifs – a cute video would be a great way to sweep ’em off their feet!

With a DIY video maker like Animaker, all it takes is a few minutes to whip up a beautiful video.

Now, you can create a valentine’s day video using Animaker in two ways:

Create a valentine’s day video with a template on Animaker

Create a valentine’s day video on your own from scratch

We’re going to share a step-by-step guide for both ways! 

Let’s get started.

How to make a video for valentine’s day

Create a valentine’s day video with a template on Animaker

Animaker’s valentine’s day video maker is easy-to-use and straightforward. The asset library has loads of characters, stock images and videos, properties, music tracks, 2d backgrounds, and more that help you create stunning live-action and animated videos. 

To top it off, the app is also loaded with pre-built templates that make video creation possible in minutes. You simply pick a template, swap out properties, characters, and text animations and make it yours.

So, let’s see how to work with valentine’s day templates and quickly create a video.

1.If you already have an Animaker account, go ahead and sign in. But, if you are new, you can create an account here.

2.Once you are in the app, you can see the dashboard. Go ahead and type on the search bar for the use case you are looking for (valentine’s day in our case).

Search in moments

 3. Upon clicking enter, you will be redirected to the moments page which will show you different valentine’s day templates for you to choose from. You can choose your favorite one by clicking on the “Preview” button that appears when you hover over the template.

valentine's templates

4. Once you finalize your template, you can click on the “Use” button that’s beside the “Preview” button. This will launch the template as a project.

5. Now, what you see on the left side of the screenshot (see below) is the asset library. With the assets available in the library you can customize almost anything you want on the template. You can replace every element including images, colors, texts, music tracks, properties, and more. Alternatively, you can also upload your own assets.

animaker assets library

6. Let’s start customizing scene 1 on this template. So, let’s begin by editing the text. To edit the text, you can simply click on the text and then type and replace the existing text with the one you want.

Click on the text on the scene and you will see the options appear on the right to format the text. You can change the font style, size, color, alignment, and more.

Edit text7. So, now if you want to swap out the background image, you can click on the scene and an item menu appears. Click on the “Swap” icon. This will take you to the massive collection of stock images.

swap background image

Scroll through the stock images and simply click on the one you like to replace the stock asset on the template and click on the “Apply” button.

Replace image

Note: You can also alter the entry and exit effects of all the elements by simply clicking on the “Enter effect” and “Exit effect”. For instance, if you want to change the entry/exit effect for the text, then, click on the buttons below the text formatting options. 

You can scroll through various transition effects and choose the one that you want for your text.

text effect

Once you click on the effect you can see pink and purple bars on the timeline.

As you can see from the above picture, the purple bar shows how long the selected element stays in the timeline. To adjust the duration of that element, simply drag in or out black bars. The same applies to every element you wish to customize.

In the same way, when you click on an animated element, you can see the pink bar in the timeline. The pink bar depicts the duration of the entry and exit animation and it can be adjusted the same way as any other element. 

8. The next step is to replace the music track on the template. To do that, just click on the existing music track and choose the delete option (see below).

add music trackOnce you delete the existing music track you can replace it with the one of your choice by clicking on the music icon in the library. You can choose your favorite one by simply hovering over the music track to hear the preview.

Once you know what you want simply click on the music track and it will be automatically added to the timeline. You can even upload your own music track (which will be discussed in the further section).

There are also various other options available – adjust volume, duplicate track, trim, preview, and more.

9. Now, what if you want to add your own pictures, videos, and music tracks you can do so by uploading the assets through the upload option.

upload assetsChoose the asset that you want to upload from the local folder and click on “open”. This will be added to the upload section on the Animaker app.

choose photoWhen you click on the added asset on the uploads it will appear on the workspace. You can set it as a background, add filters, swap it, and do a lot more (check out the options on the item menu that appears upon clicking on the image/video).

photo upload

You can also upload music tracks in the same way.

 10. After adding all the elements, preview the video to ensure that everything looks fine. Select the Scene Preview option to preview a particular scene and use the Video Preview option to preview the entire video.

preview videoOnce you are done, click on Publish -> Download video. You can rename it, select the preferred video quality, and then click on Download.

download video

You can download the video once the rendering is completed.  Additionally, you will also receive the video link via mail.

2. Create a valentine’s day video on your own from scratch

Creating a valentine’s day video using a template would be ideal if it is planned at the last minute. But, if you have the time and want to get creative, then, you create a valentine’s day video from scratch.

We’re now going to look at a detailed step-by-step process of creating a video from scratch.

How to make a valentine’s day video from scratch

1. Create a new project

To create a video from scratch, first login (or sign up if you are a new user) to the app and head over to the dashboard.

animaker sign up

Click on Create>>Create a video.

You will now be taken to the moments page where you can see three predefined blank templates in different dimensions. 

I am going to choose the horizontal one.

horizontal video template

2. Upload your own media to the project

Now, you will see the project (see screenshot below). Before we start creating the video, let’s first upload all the assets like images, videos, or audio that we want to include in our project.

media upload

To upload assets, choose the asset that you want to upload from the local folder and click on “open”. This will be added to the upload section on the Animaker app.

When you click on the added asset on the uploads it will appear on the workspace. You can set it as a background, add filters, swap it, and do a lot more (check out the options on the item menu that appears upon clicking on the image/video).

3. Add a background image

Now, if you want to add a background image to your scene you can also choose one from the Animaker asset library. 

You can 2d backgrounds, Stock video, or image background.

In our case, we are going to be adding  “roses” as a background. You can however add 2d backgrounds or even a video background. To add an asset as a background, click on the BG icon/Image icon/video icon>> Search for the keyword>> Scroll through to find the best match>>Click on it>>Set as background.

background image

background image

4. Customize the scene

This is the most fun part of creating a video from scratch because you can go crazy over here with all the effects, text animations, properties, and more!

So, first, let’s see how we can add the uploaded asset to the scene and frame the image.

First, head on to the uploads section and click on the uploaded image. This will make the image appear on the scene. You can rotate and resize to match your taste.

customize scene

property

Next, you can choose a property by clicking on the properties icon. This will show you a bunch of properties that you can add to the scene to make the assets pop out! You can also make use of the search bar to type and look for what exactly you want to add.

Now, once you pick what property you want to add to your scene, you can click on it.  In this case, we are going to pick the “frame” property. Just click on the property and it will appear on the workspace.

You can move it around, rotate, and resize it. 

format props

add effects You can further customize by changing the color, adding effects, and adjusting the transparency. 

Not just shapes, you can also look for other properties by clicking on the small “+” icon or by simply typing out your preference on the search bar.

search properties

You’d definitely want to pour your heart out on the video and texts are the best way to do that! To add texts or pre-built text animation, simply click on the text icon in the asset library and either choose a plain text or scroll through hundreds of text animations.

edit texts

Choose the one that you like the best and it will appear on the scene. 

You can simply type to replace the default text. Now, you can do a bunch of formatting to the text by changing colors, size, position, and more. To do so, just click on the text and an item menu would open. You can make the edits right there.

format text

Screen effects are a great way to add that quirkiness to your video and for valentine’s day video you may want to make it a lot cuter, right?

So, to add screen effects click on the screen effects icon and scroll through a bunch of screen effects, and click on it to add it to your scene.

screen effects

You can click on the preview button to see how the screen effects look on your video.

add screen effects

Now similar to how you built your first scene, you can construct the rest of the scenes based on your script. 

Once you have built all your scenes, the next step would be to add transition effects. To add transition effects to your scenes simply click on the “Enter effect” and “Exit effect” buttons. You can scroll through various transition effects and choose the one that you want for your text.

scene transitions

5. Add background music to your video

You can add a new music track by clicking on the music icon in the library and you can choose your favorite one by simply hovering over the music track to hear the preview. 

background music

Once you know what you want simply click on the music track and it will be automatically added to the timeline. You can even upload your own music track (which will be discussed in the further section).

Once you add the music track you have the option to adjust the volume, trim it, duplicate it, delete it, and preview it).

6. Export your beautiful creation 

After adding all the elements, preview the video to ensure that everything looks fine. Select the Scene Preview option to preview a particular scene and use the Video Preview option to preview the entire video.

export video

Once you are done, click on Publish -> Download video. You can rename it, select the preferred video quality, and then click on Download.

download creation

If you need more help building your awesome video from scratch, please check out our full tutorial here.

In Conclusion

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and if you haven’t thought of a cool gift yet, then surprise your loved one with a video! Even if you have a gift, create a video and play it on valentine’s day to make it more special and memorable.

We hope this article has helped you. Do drop a comment if you have any questions!

 

How to Crop a Video in Premiere Pro (With Pictures)

Looking to crop a video in Premiere Pro?

In this article, we’ll show you how to crop a video using Adobe Premiere Pro with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

As a bonus, we’ll also show you how you can use Animaker’s video editor to crop a video online using Safari or Chrome on your computer.

Part 1: How to Crop a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

Using Adobe Premiere Pro to crop a video is not for the faint of heart. It takes several steps just to find the tool in its hard-to-navigate interface. If you’d rather explore a simpler way to crop your video, jump to this section ↓ where we show you how to crop a video using a simple video cropping tool.

Here are the steps to crop a video using Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Create a New Project
    First, start a new project. Go to File > New.
    click file and new
  2. Import the Video
    Now import the video you want to crop. Go to File > Import, then select the video and click Open.
    click file and import
  3. Add the Video to the Timeline
    The imported video should now appear in the Project panel. To add the video to the timeline, simply drag and drop it onto the timeline.
    find the imported video to crop in the project panel
  4. Select the Video from the Timeline
    You’ll need to select the video before you can add the crop effect to it. From the timeline, click on the video to select it.
    click on the video in the timeline
  5. Add the Crop Effect
    Navigate to the Effects tab in the Project panel. Then go to Video Effects > Transform > Crop. Now double-click on the Crop option to add the crop effect to the video.
    click video effects and transform and crop
  6. Adjust the Crop Settings
    Once you add the crop effect to the video, controls to adjust this effect appear under the Effect Controls tab.
    click crop and left or right or top or bottom
    There are three ways to crop a video: you can use percentages, sliders, or the cropping box to adjust how much you want to crop from each side of the video (left, right, top, and bottom).Use the Cropping Box to Crop Your Video
    Using the cropping box is the easiest way to crop your video. Simply click and drag the handles around the corners or sides of the box to crop your video.
    click and drag the crop handles
    Use Percentages to Crop Your Video
    To use percentages to crop your video, simply click on the percentage value (0% initially) in blue text beside the side you want to crop and enter your own value.
    click and enter how much you want to crop from each side
    Use the Slider to Crop Your Video
    To use the slider, click on the dropdown arrow to reveal the slider and drag the slider to adjust the area you want to crop.
    click and drag the slider to crop
  7. Zoom or Reposition the Video
    If you want to zoom or reposition your video, under the Effects Control tab, go to Video Effects > Motion > Position or Scale. Drag the values beside Position or Scale to adjust them.
    click motion and position or scale

Part 2: A Much Easier Way to Crop Your Video

If you’re a web content creator or you’re merely looking to crop your video, it would be counterproductive to use a professional video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro as it has a super steep learning curve.

Instead, you’d want to give Animaker’s Crop Video Tool a shot. It’s a simple tool that allows you to crop your videos in 3 easy steps directly from your browser. 

Animaker is a simple online tool that allows anyone to create and edit videos. It offers all the video editing tools you’d need to edit and create videos for your social media channels and website. Absolutely no video-editing experience is required to use our tool.

 Here are the steps to crop a video using Animaker’s video cropper:

Step 1: Login or signup for a free account. Now pick the dimensions or choose a platform you want to crop your video for. Pick the Horizontal (16:9), Square (1:1), or Vertical (9:16) preset from the Create a video section in your dashboard. Or you can use the Custom Size button to crop your video to custom dimensions of your choice.

pick the dimensions or social platform

click on the custom size button

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Then upload the video you want to crop. Go to the Upload tab in the main menu bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video’s been uploaded, click on it to set it onto the canvas.

video filled to full square

Now select the part you want to keep. Click on the Crop button in the top right corner of the canvas. Then click and drag one of the handles around the corners to scale or shrink the video. 

click on the crop button

Also, you can reposition the video so it fits the dimensions properly. Once you’re done selecting the part you want to use, click on the Apply button to save the changes.

drag one of the corners and click apply

Step 3: To download the cropped video, click on the Publish button, then select Download Video from the dropdown menu. Or you can directly share it to various social media platforms from inside the app.

go to publish and download the cropped video

Apart from letting you crop videos, Animaker’s video editor gives you the ability to:

And more! With Animaker’s online video editing tool, you get all the editing tools you need to edit your videos for your social media channels and marketing site. No video editing experience is required to use our simple tools.

animaker online video editor

Got any questions about cropping a video? Any tips or tools to crop a video that you find interesting? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

Quickly Change the Aspect Ratio of a Video (Easy Way)

How do you change the aspect ratio of a video?

We’ll answer that question in this article. We’ll show you how to easily change the aspect ratio of a video online using Animaker’s free video resizer.

Animaker’s video resizer is a simple tool that lets you quickly resize or change the aspect ratio of your video, and it lets you download watermark-free videos.

But before we show you how, we’ll talk a little about what an aspect ratio is and its importance, and let you in on some popular aspect ratios used by various social media platforms.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

What is an Aspect Ratio?

An aspect ratio is simply the relationship between the width and height of a video. If the width of a video is almost twice as much as its height, then it takes the shape of a rectangle. 

If the width and height of a video are the same, then it’s a square video. That’s why a square video has an aspect ratio of 1:1, to denote that the width and height are the same. 

The most popular aspect ratio is 16:9. If your video is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall, then it follows an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Why is an Aspect Ratio Important?

Different social media platforms require your videos to be in different aspect ratios.

If you do not follow the recommended aspect ratio, then your video will be automatically resized or cropped to the dimensions that are deemed ideal. 

This might cut off the important parts of your videos and make them look awkward.

And in turn, negatively impact your brand and the engagement of your video.

For instance, if you want to post a video on Instagram, then your video’s aspect ratio needs to be either 1:1 (square) or 4:5 (vertical) if it’s a regular feed video. 

And if you want to post it on IGTV or as a Story, then the aspect ratio needs to be 9:16 (vertical).

Now that we know why an aspect ratio is so important, read on to learn the right aspect ratios for all the popular social media platforms.

6 Popular Video Aspect Ratios in 2021

Here are the aspect ratios recommended by various social media platforms for different types of videos:

1:1 (Square)

The ideal aspect ratio of Facebook and Instagram feed videos is 1:1

16:9 (Horizontal)

16:9 is the ideal aspect ratio of a youtube video.

9:16 (Vertical)

The ideal aspect ratio of Instagram Story Videos and Snaps is 9:16.

4:5 (Portrait)

Facebook and Twitter portrait videos have an aspect ratio of 4:5.

5:4 (Landscape)

Twitter and Facebook landscape videos have an aspect ratio of 5:4.

21:9

The ideal aspect ratio of a Facebook cover video is 21:9

How to Change the Aspect Ratio of a Video Online using Animaker’s Video Resizer

Using Animaker’s resize video tool, you can easily change the aspect ratio of a video and make it perfectly fit the chosen dimensions.

Here are the steps to change the aspect ratio of a video using Animaker’s video resizing tool:

  1. Open Animaker’s video resizer. Once you’re on the page, pick the dimensions you’d want to resize your video to or a social platform you’d like to post your video on; you can pick the Square (1:1), Horizontal (16:9), Vertical (9:16), Portrait (4:5), Landscape (5:4), or the 21:9 aspect ratio.
    pick the aspect ratio you want to resize
    You can also set a custom aspect ratio for your video. To set an aspect ratio of your choice, simply click on the Custom Size button, enter the width and height of your video, and click on the Start Resizing button.
    resize video to custom dimensions
    enter width and height and click start resizing
    If you want to check the aspect ratio while resizing your video, you can use this aspect ratio calculator.
  2. Now upload the video you want to resize. You can upload the video by clicking on the Choose your file button or simply drag and drop the video onto the area shown below.
    upload the video you want to resize
    Once the video’s been uploaded, it’ll be set to the canvas of your chosen dimensions.
    video resized to the chosen dimensions

    Optionally, you can scale and reposition the video to fit the chosen dimensions. Click on the Resize icon in the top right corner of the canvas. Then click and drag one of the handles around the corners to scale and reposition the video. Once you’re done, click on the green button that says Apply to save the changes.
    click resize
    adjust the size and position
  3. You can now download the resized video to your computer by clicking on the Download button in the top right corner of the app screen.
    click download

Gee, that was simple, wasn’t it? Apart from letting you resize your videos, Animaker’s video editing software offers various other video editing tools.  

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… If you’re a marketer or content creator who doesn’t have any video editing experience, and you’re into creating and editing videos for your social media channels, you need to check out Animaker’s online video editor.

Our video editing suite offers simple tools that anyone can use to edit their videos online. You don’t need any video editing experience to use Animaker. In fact, our software has been specifically made for non-designers, marketers, and anyone who wants to edit videos for social media and the web.

animaker online video editor

Got any questions about resizing your video for a social media platform? Any interesting tips or tools to resize videos that we seem to have left out? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

Video Cropper for Mac: How to Crop Videos on Mac (Big Sur Included)

Looking for a free video cropper for Mac?

Want to learn how to crop a video using iMovie on Mac? 

Or do you want to know how to crop a video on Mac OS Big Sur using a lesser-known tool that comes pre-installed on it? 

In this article, we’ll show you all the best free ways to crop a video on your Mac computer. Here’s everything we’ll cover, please feel free to jump around and make it a choose-your-own-adventure article:

How to crop a video using iMovie on Mac

How to crop a video using Mac OS Big Sur’s built-in video cropping tool

How to crop a video in VLC

How to crop a video on Mac using Quicktime Pro

How to crop a video on Mac the easy way

How to Crop a Video using iMovie on Mac [Built-in Video Cropper for Mac]

You can use iMovie, a free desktop video editing software exclusive to Mac OS, to crop your videos. The freeware comes pre-installed on your Mac OS, but if you don’t already have it installed, you can download it here

Cropping a video using iMovie involves several steps so be sure to check out our article that gives you step-by-step instructions and pictures on how to crop a video on iMovie

How  to Crop a Video on Mac OS Big Sur using a Built-in Video Cropper

You can use Photos, an app that comes pre-installed on Mac OS Big Sur, to crop a video. Here are the steps to crop a video using Photos’ video cropping tool:

Step 1: First, select the video you want to crop and double-click it to reveal a toolbar in the top right corner of the app. Now click on the Edit button in the toolbar.

click on edit

Step 2: Now click on the Crop tab at the top. An adjustable cropping box will be applied to the video.

go to crop tab

Step 3: You can adjust the cropping box to crop your video to the aspect ratio of your choice. Click on the Aspect dropdown button to reveal various aspect ratios. Or you can adjust the cropping box in any dimensions using the Custom option.

click on aspect dropdown

Step 4: To adjust the cropping box and select the area you’d like to keep, simply click and drag one of the handles around the corners.

adjust the crop handles

How to Crop a Video in VLC

You can use VLC for Mac OS X to crop your videos. It’s a little daunting to crop videos using VLC as you’d have to use pixels to select and crop the area you want to keep. Take a look at our article that shows you how to crop a video using VLC for Mac.

How to Crop a Video using QuickTime Pro [Built-in Video Cropper for Mac]

Yes, you can use QuickTime player to crop videos on your Mac computer. But not with the basic version, you’re going to have to upgrade it to the pro version to gain access to the video cropping functionality. 

And you’d only be able to upgrade it to pro if you already have QuickTime 7 installed on your Mac computer. Here’s our article that shows you how to crop a video using QuickTime Pro.

How to Crop a Video on Mac in 3 Simple Steps: The Easiest Way

Animaker’s video cropper allows you to easily crop your videos directly from your browser on your Mac computer. It’s a lightweight app that lets you crop your videos in just 3 simple steps. 

Here are the steps to crop a video on Mac using Animaker: 

Step 1: Signup for a free account or log into your account. Now from the dashboard, pick the dimensions or a social media platform you want to crop your video for. You can pick the Horizontal (16:9), Square (1:1), or Vertical (9:16) preset from the Create a video section in your dashboard. Or you can use the Custom Size button to crop your video to custom dimensions.

pick the dimensions you want to crop to

click on the custom size button

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Upload the video you want to crop. Click on the Upload tab in the main navigation bar and then click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window. 

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video’s been uploaded, click on the video to use it in your video project.

landscape video

After the video’s been set to the canvas of your chosen dimensions, you can crop or adjust the video to select the part you want to keep. To crop your video, click on the Crop button in the top right corner of the canvas. Now click and drag one of the handles around the corners to resize or scale it and then reposition it so it fits the dimensions. Once you’re done cropping your video, click on the green button that says Apply in the bottom right corner to save the changes.

click on the crop button

drag one of the corners and click apply

Step 3: You can now download your cropped video to your computer by clicking on the Publish button and then selecting Download Video from the resulting dropdown menu. Or you can share the video directly to various social media platforms from inside the app.

go to publish and download the cropped video

Love how simple it is to crop a video using Animaker? Apart from letting you crop your videos, Animaker’s video editing software offers various other video editing tools.  

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

Trim videos

Rotate videos

Flip videos

Remove audio from videos

Adjust video brightness, contrast, etc.

Add filters to videos

Merge or combine videos

And the list goes on… Be sure to check out these tools and learn why it’s the go-to video editor for marketers and content creators.

If you do not have any video editing experience or haven’t used any professional video editing software before, and you want to make your videos look professional and do it all by yourself, then Animaker’s video editing suite is what you need.

Our online video editing suite offers simple video editing tools that anyone can use to edit their videos. It doesn’t require any video editing experience. In fact, it’s been made specifically for non-designers, marketers, and anyone who wants to quickly edit videos for their social media channels or website.

animaker online video editor

With Animaker’s video editing software, you don’t ever have to deal with hard-to-navigate interfaces or go through several steps to perform a simple action. Check out our online video editor today for an enjoyable, hassle-free video editing experience. 

Got any questions about cropping your videos on your Mac computer? Any interesting video cropper for Mac that we seem to have left out? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

Top 20+ Video Cropping Software to Crop Videos in 2021

Looking for quality video cropping software to crop or resize your videos?

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of all the top free video cropping software for cropping videos online and on desktop.

If you’re in search of a free video cropper for iPhone, check out this article that shows you how to crop a video on iPhone using a free video cropper.

23 Best Video Croppers for Cropping Videos On Desktop and Online in 2021

Easy Video Maker [Free Desktop Video Cropping Software]

Easy Video Maker is a free desktop video cropping software for Windows. It’s a freeware exclusive to Windows and is available on Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10.

easy video maker free video cropping software

Although it lets you crop your videos for free, it’s certainly not the easiest way to crop your videos. It can be a little hassle to use as you’ll have to input values in pixels to select the area you want to crop.

Animaker [Free Online Video Cropping Software]

Animaker’s crop video tool lets you easily crop a video for various social media platforms and the web. With Animaker’s drag-n-crop functionality and 1-click aspect ratio selection, you can quickly crop a video to perfection in seconds.

animaker crop video tool

Jump to the section ↓ where we show you how to crop a video in 3 simple steps using Animaker.

Windows Movie Maker [Built-in Video Cropping Software for Windows]

If you’re using Windows 7, you can use Windows Movie Maker to crop your videos. Although it has a ton of features, it’s still quite simple-to-use. You can find some basic tools to edit your videos in Windows Movie Maker.

windows movie maker

Using Windows Movie Maker, you can: crop a video, rotate a video by 90, 180, or 270 degrees, flip or mirror your videos vertically or horizontally, etc.

VLC [Free Video Cropping Software for Windows and Mac]

VLC is an open-source media player but comes equipped with a cropping functionality, available on both mac and windows. It’s a little daunting to crop a video using VLC as it takes several steps to crop a video using it.

vlc crop functionality

If you have it already installed and would want to crop a video using it, we’ve written an article on how to crop a video in VLC on both Mac and Windows. 

iMovie [Built-in Video Cropping Software for Mac]

If you’re on Mac, you can use iMovie, a freeware that comes pre-installed on Mac OS, to crop your videos. It’s a little complicated to crop videos using iMovie, especially if you’ve never used iMovie before, so be sure to check out our article on how to crop a video using iMovie on Mac. 

imovie adjustable cropping box

Filmora

Filmora is an advanced desktop software you can use to crop a video on Windows and Mac. Simply choose from a list of popular aspect ratios and start cropping or resizing your video footage. If you’ve never used an advanced video editing tool, you’ll find Filmora’s interface a little hard to navigate.

filmora desktop video editing software

Kapwing

Kapwing offers a suite of simple online video editing tools. You can use its crop functionality to crop your videos for various social platforms.

kapwing video resizing and cropping software

Animotica

Animotica is a desktop video cropping tool for Windows 10. Unlike most tools, it preserves the aspect ratio of the cropped video by setting a blurred background. For instance, if you chose to crop the video in the 16:9 aspect ratio, your video will remain in the same aspect ratio even after you crop a part of the video. And the remaining space will be filled with a blurred background. 

animotica crop tool for windows

It’s especially useful if you’re looking to share your videos on social media channels. You can simply use the sliders to crop each side of the video. It has a simple interface and the free version of the software applies a watermark on output files. Be sure if this is what you want your cropped videos to look like before using it. 

Movavi

Movavi is a video editor much similar to Filmora in terms of learning curve and functionalities. It’s available on both Windows and Mac. With Movavi, you can crop your videos and perform other basic and advanced video editing tasks.

movavi desktop video editing software

Moviemator

Moviemator is another full-featured video editor you can use to crop videos on Windows and Mac. It’s typically used for making photo slideshows and lets you easily merge videos, add text to videos, etc. One major downside to using Moviemator is that the length of your cropped video cannot be more than 5 minutes in length.

moviemator video editor for mac

VideoProc

VideoProc is a desktop software that lets you record, edit, and convert videos on both Windows and Mac. The tool provides you with presets (16:9, 1:1, etc.) to crop your video. Also, it supports hardware acceleration so you shouldn’t experience any lags while editing a movie or long video. One disadvantage is that it doesn’t have a fast conversion speed.

videoproc cropping feature

Avidemux

If you’re a Windows, Mac, Linux, or BSD user, you can use Avidemux to crop your videos. Once you select the area you want to crop, it automatically enlarges the cropped part to fit the entire area. It’s a heavy tool and less beginner-friendly.

avidemux crop window

Olive

Olive video editor is an open-source video editor that’s a free alternative to other professional, timeline-based desktop video editing software. To crop a video, enter the number of pixels you’d want to crop from each side. It’s a little complicated to use and has a hard-to-navigate interface.

olive video editor

Lightworks

Lightworks is a desktop video editing software typically used by the pros for editing movies and long videos. You can use it to crop your videos on Windows and Mac. Lightworks has everything you need to edit movies and videos.

lightworks video editing suite

Kdenlive

Kdenlive is an open-source, desktop video editing software that can be used to crop videos on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It’s a professional video editor and like most pro tools, has a steep learning curve involved.

kdenlive open source video editing software

VSDC

VSDC is a free desktop suite for editing videos on windows. Cropping a video using VSDC is quite simple—a cropping box will be applied and you’ll have to resize it to select the area you want to keep. 

vsdc video editor

Also, it maintains the same resolution or aspect ratio after you’ve cropped the area and enlarges the cropped area to fit the dimensions properly. Besides that, you can also select the area you want to remove by entering the values in pixels.

Cyberlink Powerdirector

You can use Cyberlink Powerdirector, a video editing software mostly used by the pros, to crop your videos on your Windows or Mac desktop. Simply adjust the handles of the cropping box to select the area you want to use.

cyberlink powerdirector for windows and mac

While it lets you crop videos and adds some cool panning effects, it’s not beginner-friendly and could be quite complex to use especially if you’re someone new to video editing. 

Online Video Cutter

Online Video Cutter is mainly used for cutting or trimming videos online, but it could also be used for cropping videos as well. It doesn’t slap any watermark and has some useful presets to crop your videos.

online video cutter cropping tool

Clideo

Clideo offers a simple tool to crop your videos online. It gives you the ability to upload videos from various sources and supports various video formats. Upgrade to a paid plan to remove the watermark from your cropped video.

clideo online video cropping software

Veed

Mostly used for creating social videos, Veed lets you crop videos online. You’d need to upgrade to a paid plan to download watermark-free videos. It’s got some simple but useful video editing tools like the pen tool, a tool to add progress bars, etc.

veed video cropper

Ezgif

Ezgif is an online video editing tool that lets you crop videos for free. It doesn’t apply any watermark on your cropped videos but the downside is it’s a little hard to crop the unnecessary parts as you’d have to enter values in pixels. Another downside to using Ezgif is that the video quality is decreased even if your video is of higher quality.

ezgif online video crop tool

WeVideo

WeVideo is a professional, timeline-based video editing software that lets you crop videos online. Simply double-click on the video from the timeline and find the crop icon to start cropping your video using WeVideo.

wevideo online video editor

Clipchamp

Clipchamp is another online video editing tool that lets you crop your videos. It provides you with two options to crop a video: Auto-Fill and Crop to Fill. The interface looks the same as that of a professional video editing tool in that it has the same old timeline that most professional video editing software does, but ain’t as complex as Filmora or other full-blown video editing tools.

clipchamp video editing suite

InVideo

InVideo is an online video editing tool that can be used to crop a video. It’s mostly used for social media video content creation and has all the basic video editing tools you’d need to edit and fine-tune your video footage. If you’re on the free plan, your videos will be slapped with a watermark.

invideo online video cropping software

How to Crop a Video Online Using Animaker’s Video Cropping Software

Animaker’s Crop Video Tool allows you to crop your videos in 3 easy steps directly from your browser. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Login or create a free account. Once you’re in the dashboard, pick the dimensions or choose a platform you want to crop your video for. Pick the Horizontal (16:9), Square (1:1), or Vertical (9:16) preset from the Create a video section. Or you can use the Custom Size button to crop your video to custom dimensions of your choice.

pick the dimensions you want to crop to

click on the custom size button

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Now upload the video you want to crop. Go to the Upload tab in the main menu bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window. 

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video’s uploaded, click on it to set it onto the canvas.

landscape video

Then, adjust or resize the video to select the part you want to keep. Click on the crop button to start cropping your video. Now hold and drag one of the handles from the corners to scale or shrink it; then reposition it so it fits the dimensions perfectly. Once you’re done, click on the Apply button to save the changes.

click on the crop button

drag one of the corners and click apply

Step 3: To download the cropped video to your local computer, click on the Publish button, then select Download Video from the resulting dropdown. Or you can share it directly to various social media platforms from inside the app.

go to publish and download the cropped video

Animaker’s all-in-one online video editing suite lets you do so much more than just crop a video. It gives you the ability to:

The list goes on…

With Animaker’s online video editor, you get all the tools you need to edit your videos for your social media channels and the web.

Got any questions on cropping your videos online or on your desktop? Any interesting video cropping software that we seem to have left out? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.