Crop a Video on iPhone and iPad

Edited by Jay

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If you've ever taken a sweet video out in a public space, only to find out later one entire side of your video has something unintended in the background, cropping is the answer. Cropping is when you select a section of an image or video, then cut that specified area while deleting the rest. Crop videos on your iPhone or iPad using, edit mode via the Photos app, or a third-party app if you're running an older version of iOS.

Should I Crop All My Videos?

Probably not, especially if you've gotten into the habit of shooting your stuff horizontally. Cropping is best left for instances when you don't want something else in the video, or you want to put the focus primarily on whatever your filming. Remember, when you crop a video, the overall screen resolution will drop to whatever dimensions you cropped.

Although this post focuses on how to crop videos using the Photos app, several free mobile applications work well also; [Video-Crop] is one that comes to mind as it's easy to use and free to install.

For this article, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.4.

***PLEASE NOTE*** The built-in crop video option is only available on devices running iOS 13. You should also consider creating a duplicate copy of whatever video you plan on cropping.

Duplicate Video on iPhone or iPad

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    Tap the Photos app.
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    Tap+hold the video you wish to copy until the menu appears.
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  3. 3
    Tap Share.
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  4. 4
    Tap Duplicate.
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Crop Video on iPhone or iPad Without an App

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    Launch the Photos app.
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    Tap the video you wish to crop.
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    Tap Edit in the top-right corner.
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    Tap the Crop icon in the lower right corner.
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    Tap+drag the crop corners/handles to position the frame around the are you prefer.
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    You can change your cropping angles and orientation by selecting one of the three circular buttons
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    Each one changes how your crop area rotates.
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    Use the vertical lines to rotate your cropping area.
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    If at any time you mess up too much, tap RESET or Cancel.
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    When you've finished cropping your video, tap Done in the lower-right corner.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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