How to Crop a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro (Easy Guide)

Jan 5, 2021 | Featured Posts, Video Design

 Looking to crop your video?

Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes it easy to crop frames and remove unwanted video. With a few simple clicks, you can create a perfectly cropped video to highlight a specific focal point in your shot.

Here is a quick guide to get you started. 

5 Easy Steps to Cropping a Video in Premiere Pro

1. Import your video clip

Open Adobe Premiere Pro and a Finder window.

Locate your video clip in the Finder window. Then drag and drop the video clip from the Finder window into the Premiere Pro timeline.

You can also import a clip through the top menu of the application. At the top left of your window, select File > Import > Then find your clip. Once imported, you’ll need to drag your video clip from the imported window onto the timeline.


2. Select the Effects panel

In your software project window, find and select the Effects panel. It’s most likely located on the bottom left of your screen.


3. Find the Crop effect

In the search bar, type the word ‘crop’ to find the Crop effect.

You can also navigate to the Crop effect by selecting Video Effects > Transform > Crop

4. Drag Crop effect onto video clip

Once you’ve found the effect, select it and drag it on top of the desired video clip.

Another way to add the Crop effect is to select the video clip first. Then double click on the Crop effect.


5. Crop your video

With your video clip selected, navigate to your top left window and make sure Effect Control is selected.

In the list of effects, find the Crop effect (as shown in the highlighted box above). Begin cropping your video by adjusting the percentage amounts for Left, Top, Right, and Bottom of the video.

In this example above, I’ve cropped:

  • 15% of the left side
  • 20% of the top
  • 11% of the right side
  • 2% of the bottom

The percentages can be adjusted by dragging and pulling. Or you can enter a specific number for an exact crop.

And that’s it! Quick and easy method to crop your video in Premiere Pro.