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How to crop a video in Premiere Pro?

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Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing programs on the planet, with everything you need to create whatever you want, from Instagram reels to full-blown movies. However, with so many tools provided to users right from the get-go, it can be confusing to find the right one.

While Premiere will not automatically fix your framing for you, cropping footage is a commonly used technique to make adjustments and add creative elements. In this article, we will talk about how you can crop a video in Premiere Pro. 

Also read: How to add subtitles to a video in Premiere Pro?

Cropping videos in Premiere Pro

As you’d expect, cropping videos in Premiere Pro is a matter of a few clicks. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Select the clip you want to crop in the Timeline panel.

Step 2: Apply the Crop effect to the clip by searching for it in the Effects panel or going to Video Effects, then Transform followed by Crop and double-clicking the effect. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the Crop effect straight from the Effects panel to the clip you want. 

Step 3: Crop your clip by selecting the Crop effect in the Effect Controls panel and then dragging the handles in the Program Monitor to crop your video. You can also adjust the numeric controls in the Effect Controls panel for greater control.

The Crop effect lets you crop videos in the aspect ratio they were shot. However, if you want a custom crop shape, you can always use a mask for greater control. If you want to change the video’s aspect ratio, you can set the sequence settings accordingly.

Also read: How to add an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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