If you don’t know how to crop a video in Premiere Pro you landed on the right page.
Alright, so as you may or may not know me and my team are editing videos remotely for clients.
But enough with the shamless self promotion and advertising.
Let’s get back on topic.
How do you crop a video in Premiere Pro?
Step 1 – Importing files
First and foremost import the video in Premiere Pro.
To do that go to File, Import and just pick the video file you want to crop.
Step 2 – Finding the crop effect
Next, Go to your timeline and select the clip you want to crop.
With that clip selected, to do the Effects tab and search for ‘Crop‘.
Drag and drop the Crop effect on top of your clip and boom.
You are done.
But wait…I don’t see anything yet.
You sure, don’t.
Step 3 – Applying the crop effect
Next go to the Effects Control panel, while your clip is still selected.
There you should see the controls or settings, whatever you want to call them for the Crop effect.
The Crop effect in Premiere Pro allows you to start cropping a video from each side: left, right, top or bottom.
The settings of each of these 4 sides are controlled in percentages.
0% means there’s nothing cropped, while 100% means it’s cropped all the way to the other side. If that makes any sense?
Step 4 – Automate the crop effect
You might notice that each of these 4 controls also has a little stopwatch next to it which allows you to automate the Crop effect.
So it can start from 0% and go to 50% over a certain period of time, for example.
There are really creative ways to use this, as we are about to see down below in just a bit.
In the meantime, here’s a short video that walks you through the process explained above.
The crop stretch feature
As you might have noticed, there’s a little check box right there which says “Zoom“.
If you click on that, Premiere stretches the video so that it fills out the entire screen after you cropped a chunk out of it.
I find it useless for the most part, to be frank.
But there is one really cool way you can turn that into a really, really cool effect.
Keep on reading to find out how I use that.
Creative ways to actually use the crop effect
Even though the crop effect in Adobe’s Premiere might seem dull and boring, there are a few ways you can use it to make your videos look cooler than they really are. Joking! I know your videos are cool anyway.
Here are a handful of creative ways you can use the crop effect in Premiere Pro to ramp up the quality and feel of your video editing:
- Cinematic bars (cinematic bar reveal & cut to b-roll)
- Split screens
- Clone people
- Slide transition
- Text reveal
Hopefully I will find the time to demonstrate all these in a new YouTube video.
Until then, keep cutting!
Cristian Stanciu is a freelance video editor, owner, and post-production coordinator of Veedyou Media – a company offering video editing services to videographers, marketing agencies, video production studios, or brands all over the globe.