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 quickly crop frames and remove any unwanted video. With a few simple clicks, you can create a perfectly cropped video to focus on specific scenery in your shot.

Here is a quick guide to help you:


5 Easy Steps to Cropping a Video in Premiere Pro

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.


Select the Effects panel

In your software project window (most likely on the far left of your screen), find and select the Effects panel.


Find the Crop effect

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

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

Drag Crop effect onto video clip

Select the Crop effect 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.


Crop your video

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

Then find the Crop effect. 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.