How to crop a video on your Mac computer using iMovie

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  • It’s easy to crop a video on your
    computer using iMovie.
  • You’ll have two cropping options for videos — Crop to
    Fill and Ken Burns — and you can play around with these frames
    and share your cropped video when finished.  
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While iMovie is a great tool that comes standard with your

, you don’t have to be an expert editor to use it. 

One of the easiest and most basic uses is cropping videos. This
can come in handy if you want to focus on a certain part of the
frame, or if you want to make a vertical iPhone video
look better on social media platforms. 

Here’s how to do it. 

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How to crop a
video on a
computer using iMovie

1. Open Finder.

2. Click on Applications.

3. Scroll down to iMovie and open it up.

4. Click on File along the top bar, then click
on “New Movie.”

5. In the New Movie, you will see a button
inviting you to Import Media. Click on that.


6. Once you’ve clicked on Import Media, it will
pull up access to your computer’s files. Look through until you
find the video you want to crop, then click on it. It will be
imported into iMovie.

7. Grab the video file and drag it down into
the iMovie timeline.

8. Once it is in the timeline and selected, it
will show up in the editing box in the right corner. 

9. Click on the crop icon, which is represented
by two overlapping right angle corners.


10. Within the cropping feature, you have the
following two options: 

    • “Crop to Fill” automatically crops your video to fit a standard
      video box. You can move this horizontal rectangle up and down to
      create a new center of the crop by dragging the rectangle. You can
      also grab one of the corners and move it to change the crop. 
    • In “Ken Burns,” named after the famous documentary director,
      you can make a crop that moves the image through the frame similar
      to how his documentaries frame videos.

11. Once you have the crop frames the way you
want them, move your cursor over the check mark in the right upper
corner. A pop-up saying “Apply Crop Adjustment” will appear. 


Your iMovie video will now be cropped.


How to share cropped videos on a Mac 

1. Click on File in the top toolbar and then
click on “Share.”

2. In the next drop-down menu, click on


3. This will bring up a menu asking if you want
to rename your video, accomplished by clicking in the title

4. Once you’ve decided on a name, click on

5. A pop-up will come up one last time asking
where you want to save this file, and to reconfirm the name.


6. Click on “Next” and your new cropped video
will be saved to wherever you’ve chosen, with the default location
being your

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How to crop a video on your Mac computer using iMovie