Q:"How can I crop a video on my Windows 10 computer? Is there any easy-to-use video cropping program recommended? Many thanks!" - Eva from Quora

Of course, if you want to crop videos to get the desired display on the screen, you need a third-party app to help you out. There are many various different video croppers on the internet, and here we're going to show you top 3 easy methods to crop videos in Windows 10, with step-by-step guides for each solution.


Before you know the actual operation process, you can take a look at the following intuitive table to learn the differences between all three methods.
Program Joyoshare Media Cutter VLC Windows Movie Maker
Compatible with Windows 10 Yes Yes Yes
Need to Download Yes Yes Officially removed for download on January 10, 2017 and replaced by Microsoft Photos App in Windows 10
With advanced video editor Yes Yes No
Operability Easy A bit complicated Easy
Price Low-budget Free Free

Part 1. The Simplest Way to Crop Video on Windows 10 with Joyoshare Media Cutter

Joyoshare Media Cutter might be one of the easiest yet powerful video croppers to crop video size in Windows XP and later, Windows 10 included. With the program, you can crop any video file at a fairly fast speed with high original quality preserved. Joyoshare Media Cutter provides both input and output preview windows for you to see clearly any change you made. Besides, you can also change the aspect ratio based on your needs and then crop the video to fill the screen.

Additionally, Joyoshare Media Cutter supports a ton of video file formats and devices including MP4, M4V, WMV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, MOV, FLV, MKV, RM, RMVB, DAT, as well as Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Xbox, PS4, and many other mobile devices and gadgets. It also enables you to do more edits to the video files like trimming, adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation and hue, adding special video effects, applying watermarks and subtitles, changing codec, bit rate, resolution and frame rate, etc.

Why Choose Joyoshare Video Cropper:

Crop video files with high quality intact

Crop video size in an easy way

Preview function is available in real time

Support multiple video formats and devices

Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and add target video

Go to the download page of Joyoshare and choose Media Cutter to download and install it on your PC. Run Joyoshare program and click the "Open" button to browse through the video file you want to crop, or simply drag the video and drop it to the center of Joyoshare.
joyoshare media cutter main screen
Note: Joyoshare Media Cutter only supports single file processing, so you can only import one video file to Joyoshare at a time.

Step 2 Crop video size Windows 10

Then click the Edit icon edit icon next to the video clip and a new edit window will pop up. Choose the "Adjust" tab on the top menu bar, and it's your time to crop the video. You can either move the white frame to zoom in or zoom out the video for eliminating the unwanted area, or enter the accurate width*height value in the following CropArea Size. The preview window on the right will show you every small change during the cropping process. After you're satisfied with the result, hit the "OK" button to close the window.
crop video windows 10

Step 3 Choose the output mode

Next click the "Format" button, and choose the "Encoding mode" which allows you to customize the video quality, file formats and codec, etc. Select an output format and device according to your requirements. You can also adjust the bit rate, frame rate, resolution if needed by clicking the Gear icon gear icon on the top right corner. Then press the "OK" button to shut down the window.
output formats

Step 4 Export new cropped video file

Now click the "Start" button and start to convert and save the cropped video file on the local folder of your computer. Wait a few minutes and then get your new video on the destination folder converted-files after the conversion is done.
Note: The free trial version of Joyoshare Media Cutter only provides users five opportunities to cut and crop the video, and you need to purchase the full version to unlock the limit.

Part 2. How to Crop a Video Using VLC Media Player

The second solution to crop a video on Windows 10 is to use VLC Media Player. Known as a media player, it also performs well as a video cropper. With VLC, you can crop video clips as you want. Next let's see how to crop a video in VLC media player:

1. Open VLC on the PC, go to "Tools" > "Preferences";
2. Set preferences for cropping. Choose "All" under "Show Settings", and then go to "Video" > "Expand Filters" > "Croppadd". Enter the specific pixels to crop from top/bottom/left/right as you like. Then hit the "Video" > "Filters" and tick "Video Scaling Filter" and click "Save";
3. Add video file to crop. Go to "Media" > "Convert/Save" and press the "Add" button to import one file for cropping;
4. Save the cropped video. Click the "Browse" button to get a destination folder and press the "Start" button to begin to crop the video.

vlc crop video

Part 3. How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker

There is another free and easy way to crop video files on Windows 10 such as using a built-in program like Windows Movie Maker. It can also help you crop video and remove unnecessary parts in an indirect way. Follow the simple guides below to crop a video quickly:

1. Add a video file for cropping. Launch Windows Movie Maker app first and then click the "Media" button to import a video file you want to crop. Drag and drop the file to the Timeline or right-click on the video and select "Add to Timeline";
2. Crop video file. Go to "Animations" > "Pans and Zoom", choose a pan or zoom effect you desire;
3. If you're satisfied with it, save the cropped video; if not, redo it again.

crop video windows movie maker


Dec 11, 2019 11:00 AM

Updated by Justin Price to Edit Videos

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