3 Clean Freeware to Help Crop Video on Windows (10)

Get 3 absolutely free and clean tools to crop video on Windows PC without paying for any video editor, removing the unwanted areas from video as you desired.

Sometimes the desktop computer itself is not as powerful as mobile phones. For example iPhone’s native app can help free cut video without downloading anything else, while Windows computer is threw into the shade. Because there’s no first-party program competent to do video cropping task, even including Windows Movie Maker, which is implied to have video cropping feature from many online articles.

So what should Windows users turn to when they tend to free crop a video on computer? We here single three additional, slick and transparent-to-use helpers out to have those in need to fall back to.

Helper 1 – WinX Video Converter

Recommendation: ★★★★★
Self-define the crop area: Y
Crop and preview the effect at the same time: Y

Windows platform: Windows 2000/2003/XP, Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1/10 (32 & 64 bit)  Download for Windows NOW

Guide on how to free crop a video with WinX Video Converter:
Step 1. Fire up the software and click “+ Video” to select and open source video you want to crop (also supports direct drag-and-drop).
Step 2. Choose output format like MP4, AVI, MOV etc.
Step 3. Click on “Edit” icon to pup up a smaller windows.
Step 4. Navigate to “Crop & Expand” section, check “Enable Crop” option, and then it’s the right time to select your desired crop shape by setting the position & size or just adjust the dashed box aping in the video to crop out unwanted sections of video. 5 easy and commonly used cropping modes are listed under “Crop Original” to change the representing ratio without video distorting or quality losing). After the setting, just click “Done” to proceed.
Step 5. Browse and select a folder to save the cropped video, and then tap “RUN” button.

Helper 2 – HandBrake

Recommendation: ★★★
Self-define the crop area: Y
Crop and preview the effect at the same time: N

Windows platform: Windows 7 to 10 (64 BIT)
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Steps of free cropping video with HandBrake:
Open the source video file -> Choose container, video codec or directly select a ready-made output preset -> In the “Picture” board, check “Custom” under “Cropping” -> Set the crop value for Top/Bottom/Left/Right -> After previewing with no problem, just reset the file name in destination folder -> Hit “Start Encode” to free crop video.

Helper 3 – VLC Media Player

Recommendation: ★★
Self-define the crop area: Y
Crop and preview the effect at the same time: N

Windows platform: All versions of Windows, from Windows XP SP3 to the latest Windows 10. Download for Windows NOW 

Steps of free cropping video with VLC:
In this way, you have to reset the preferences under “Tools” by clicking “All” under “Show settings” to enter into an “Advanced Preferences” box. Then head over to “Filters” and select “Croppadd” in the drop-down list. In the right panel of “Video cropping filter”, pixels to crop from the top, bottom, left and right can all be customized. Then return to the Filters board, pay a tick on the checkbox “Video Scaling Filter“.

After the settings being saved, just click “Convert / Save” to add the local video, and click “Convert” to move into another box, where you should “Start” to realize the cropping after “Video cropping filter” option checked under Edit selected profile -> Video codec -> Filters, the destination file folder is chosen and file name is typed. Soon, the cropped video will be converted and saved onto your computer.
[Simple & Easy Video Tutorial on YouTube] – How to CROP & SAVE Videos in VLC Media Player |2.2

Note: VLC seems to deliver crop video feature in certain aspect ratio (like 16:9, 4:3, 5:4 and 1:1) at “Crop” pull-down list of “Video” option in the top menu bar. But it can just change the video ratio, not cropping any unwanted area off the video.

Author: MediaGroup

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2 thoughts on “3 Clean Freeware to Help Crop Video on Windows (10)”

  1. Good to know these video editing tools and thanks for the sharing. I’d also recommend Acethinker Video Master which I have used for many years. It’s a free web-based application to convert/edit videos, you don’t have to install anything.

  2. Converting video is nowhere near as complex a task as video editing, but many people will be put off doing it because of the mistaken belief that a complicated and expensive video editor is needed.

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