How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker and Best Alternative

Video Cropper Tools
1. Crop a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro
2. Crop a Video in iMovie
3. Crop a Video in QuickTime
4. Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker
5. Crop Video with Ffmpeg
6. Crop a Video in Windows Media Player
7. Change Aspect Ratio in Final Cut Pro
8. Crop Video in VLC
9. Crop Video Capture in OBS

How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker and Best Alternative

“I have some poorly recorded footage that I want to crop to remove unwanted frames from view, how to crop video in Windows Movie Maker?” Much like photos, some video files may need to be cropped before you are ready to use in movie or share to social media. Although Windows Movie Maker is not the recommended video cropping software, it does have such ability. This guide will show you how-to and more options.

Windows Movie Maker Crop Video

Windows Movie Maker Crop Video

Part 1: How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker was the video editor preinstalled on PC in the past, but now it has been stopped. There are differences between the old and new versions, so we talk about respectively below.

How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker 2012

Step 1. Open the video editor on your computer and click Add videos and photos in the top menu bar, select the target video and open it.

Windows Movie Maker Interface

Step 2. Head to the Animations tab on the top ribbon and scroll down to Pan and Zoom section. Then you will get dozens of presets. Choose the proper one and crop the video in Windows Movie Maker. You can apply multiple presets to crop the video from different sides.

Windows Movie Maker Zoom Effect

Step 3. Now, you can preview the cropped video and save it as MP4 or WMV. Windows Movie Maker also allows you to upload the video to social media, like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and more.

How to Crop a Video in Windows Movie Maker 6.0

Step 1. Run the old version of Windows Movie Maker and click Import media option to open the video that you want to crop.

Zoom in Out in WMM

Step 2. Place the video onto the timeline. Locate the options on the left hand column and select Effects under the Edit section. That will open the effects pane.

Zoom in Out in WMM Effect

Step 3. Choose the ease-out option and you will get the presets. Now, you can apply Zoom Out From The Lower Right, Zoom Out From Upper Left, or Zoom Out From The Upper Right. You can preview the effect by double-click it.

Step 4. Finally, play the cropped video in Windows Movie Maker and save it to your computer.

Note: If the presets cannot meet your need, you can add more effects from the Add or Remove Effects feature.

Part 2: Best Alternative to Windows Movie Maker to Crop Video

As mentioned previously, Windows Movie Maker is not a good way to crop video. Firstly, it has been stopped and you cannot download it from Microsoft official website anymore. Moreover, it does not include any function called crop. You can only use the pan and zoom feature to get what you want. AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate, on the other hand, is the best alternative to Windows Movie Maker to crop a video or videos on PC.

Main Features of the Best Alternative to Windows Movie Maker

Briefly speaking, it is the best way to crop video on Windows without losing quality.

How to Crop a Video on PC without Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Import video

Install the best alternative to Windows Movie Maker on PC. There is another version for Mac. Click the Add Files menu and choose Add Files to open the video that you intend to crop. If you want to crop multiple videos, add all of them to the main interface.

Add File

Step 2. Crop a video on PC

Click the Edit button with a magic-bar icon under the video title in the library pane. That will open the video editor window. Head to the Rotate & Crop tab and locate the Crop section. Now, you can choose an aspect ratio first. Then move the cropping box around the image to remove unneeded areas. You can also crop the video accurately by entering the Crop Area. Play the cropped video in the preview pane and click OK button if you are satisfied.

Note: If you want to crop multiple videos with the same settings, click the Apply to All button.

Rotate Crop

Step 3. Export video to Windows

Go back to the main interface, and head to the bottom. Click the Folder button and set a specific directory to save the output. Finally, click on the Convert All button to export the cropped video.

Note: If you need to change the video format, pull down the Convert All to option at upper right side and set it on the profile dialog.

Convert All


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Part 3: FAQs about Cropping Video in Windows Movie Maker

Can I crop a video in Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player is just a video player but not video editor. In another word, it cannot crop, trim or do other video editing. However, Windows Movie Maker can meet your need.

Does Windows 10 have a video editor?

Microsoft has introduced a lot of useful features into Windows 10. The Photos app, for example, helps you to manage photos and videos easily. Plus, it offers basic photo and video editing features, like cut and trim a video. You cannot get other video editing functionalities.

What replaced Windows Movie Maker?

Well, if you are using Windows 10, you might know that Microsoft has replaced Windows Movie Maker with Photos. It’s a native photo management tool on Windows 10 that has a hidden video editor. You can use Microsoft Photos to create videos out of multiple images.


Windows Movie Maker is a simple video maker on PCs. It is able to split video into clips, merge several clips into a movie and do other editing, such as crop video. If Windows Movie Maker cannot meet your need, AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate is a good alternative. It is not only easy to use, but also able to optimize video output quality. If you encounter other problems, please leave a message below this post and we will reply on it as soon as possible.

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