Crop clips

The Crop effect makes it easy to remove unwanted areas of the image. It automatically expands the cropped image so that it fills the screen.

Adjust the Crop effect

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline.

  2. To access the Crop controls, do one of the following:

    • Choose Crop from the pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the Viewer (or press Shift-C).

      Crop menu item for accessing Trim, Crop, and Ken Burns controls
    • Control-click in the Viewer and choose Crop from the shortcut menu.

  3. Click the Crop button at the bottom of the Viewer.

  4. To adjust the effect using the onscreen controls:

    • Blue handles at each corner: Drag these to adjust the crop of that corner. The cropped image always maintains the original aspect ratio.

    • Anywhere inside the window: Drag anywhere inside the crop window to adjust its position.

      Viewer showing Crop onscreen controls
  5. To individually adjust each edge using the Crop area of the Video inspector, use the Crop controls.

    Note: While you can use these controls to change the crop window’s aspect ratio, the final image still matches the original image’s aspect ratio, with additional content being cropped out so that the final image fits the original aspect ratio.

  6. Click Done to have the crop applied and see the image zoomed to fill the screen.

    Viewer showing Crop effect applied

You can animate the effect, creating the illusion of a pan and zoom camera move (effectively, a manual Ken Burns effect). For details on working with built-in effects, see Work with built-in effects.