Avidemux is a free and open source video processing tool. Not only does it convert videos, but it also comes with several useful video editing features that allow you to process the video. Cropping is a practical and frequently used feature that a lot of people would need when processing their videos. In this I would show you how to use Avidemux to crop video. Also, Avidemux is not the only program that can convert and edit videos at the same time. I would also recommend to you a powerful alternative to Avidemux and show you how to use it to crop a video as well.

Part 1: Brief Introduction to Avidemux and Useful Tips

People who make simple video editing work might be quite familiar with Avidemux. As a free video editor, Avidemux has been designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. Avidemux supports many formats, such as AVI, MP4, Matroska, MPEG-2, H.264 and H.265. It does not yet, or only partially supports modern open formats, like Opus, WebM, VP8, VP9 and AV1. It adopts various codecs to guarantee successful video editing and encoding tasks. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux import video

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. The program was written from scratch by Mean, but code from other people and projects has been used as well. Patches, translations and even bug reports are always welcome.

The below are some tips of Avidemux, which will let you learn more about this free and simple video editor:

1. Besides cropping videos, Avidemux could also help you filter, trim, and cut videos.

2. You could also join videos into one with Avidemux.

3. Rotating video for a special angle of view is available within Avidemux as well.

4. More other things could be done within Avidemux, including resizing, cropping, labeling, color adding, noise removing, etc.

5. HD video files are currently supported by Avidemux as input and output, but not all types of HD files are accepted.

6. You could adjust the output video parameters including frame rate, bit rate, codec, etc.

Avidemux is a wonderful and simple video editor tool for those people who require no premium editing work and would like to spend little time in editing but achieve the goal as well.

Part 2: How to Crop Video in Avidemux

You can do a lot of things with your video using Avidemux, and cropping a video is just one of them. And it’s fairly easy to do so. Here’s how to use Avidemux to crop a video.

1. Start Avidemux after the installation process. Don’t be shocked by its interface. It may look a bit outdated, but it doesn’t stop it from being a powerful video editor. Click File>Open or directly drag the video to the interface to import the video you want to crop to the program.

Open Avidemux Filters

2. The video editing features are called Filters in Avidemux. In order to apply filters on your video you will have to first choose a video codec for the video before getting to the cropping process. You will see an option box under the Video Output label. Click on the box and select a video codec from the drop-down menu.

Open Avidemux Filters

3. Click Video>Filters from the menu bar at the top. On the following Video Filter Manger window, double-click Crop to open the Crop window.

Avidemux Crop Window

4. The four boxes on the top are used to decide how many pixels to crop from what direction. Directly enter a value in the box and preview the changes in the preview window below. When you are done cropping the video, click OK and close the Video Filter Manager window.

Avidemux Crop Video

5. Changes can’t be seen on the preview window on the main interface. Click File>Save from the menu bar at the top to save the video to your hard drive.

Avidemux Save Video

That’s how you can use Avidemux to crop a video. With Avidemux cropping videos could be done with ease.

Part 3: How to Crop a Video with An Alternative to Avidemux

However, as I’ve mentioned above, Avidemux is not the only option you have to crop a video. Here’s another potentially better option to crop a video. Leawo Video Converter is similar to Avidemux regarding functions. It can convert videos and audio files between different formats and it comes with a built-in video editor to help users perform basic video processing. The internal video editor provides people with multiple video editing features, including: trim video length, crop video size, add either image or text watermark, adjust video contrast, brightness and saturation, rotate videos for a special angle of view, remove noise from original video, apply 3D effect, etc. After editing videos, Leawo Video Converter could help you convert the edited videos to 180+ video formats including MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, MKV, WMV, etc. so that you could freely play back the edited videos on any player and device, share online, send to friends, etc.

Here’s how to use Leawo Video Converter to crop a video.

   

Step 1: Launch Leawo Video Converter

The name of the program is a bit tricky as it’s not Leawo Video Converter on your computer. The program’s been integrated into a software package the company called Prof.Media. Just open it and when you see a Video Converter tab on the interface, click on it to launch Leawo Video Converter.

Launch Leawo Video Converter

Step 2: Add source videos

After entering the Convert tab, click the Add Video button to add the videos you want to edit to it. If you’ve opened the videos in the File Explorer, you can also directly drag them to the interface of the program.

Add video

Step 3: Crop video files

Each file will have an Edit button on it for you to get to the video editor. Just click on it to open Video Editor.

Open Video Editor

Click on the third tab from the top on the left column to open the Crop page.

video crop

To crop a video, the most direct way is to adjust the dot frame on the preview window on the left. And the changes can be viewed directly and instantly on the right preview window.

Crop video

You can also enter values in the boxes below the preview window to crop the video more precisely. There are 6 different patterns provided. Click on one of them and see what it’s like in the preview window. You can also use the buttons below the right preview window to filp or rotate the video.

Crop video

Besides cropping videos, you could also trim video length to get rid of unwanted clip, add image or text watermark to make the video your own patent, adjust video effect, add 3D effect, etc. For detailed operations on how to do these, please refer to how to use Leawo Video Converter to edit a video. After editing video, click the “OK” button to save and exit.

Step 4: Set output format

On the main interface, click the button right before the big green “Convert” button and then choose “Change” option on the drop-down panel.

Crop video

Then, on the popup “Profile” panel, choose output format from either “Format” or “Device” group.

Crop video

If you need, you could adjust the output profile parameters like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, etc. Do these by choosing the “Edit” option on the drop-down panel after you click the button before the big green “Convert” button.

Step 5: Set output directory

Now, you need to set output directory to save the output results. Click the big green “Convert” button and then set output directory in the “Save to” box.

Set output directory

Step 6: Convert edited videos

Finally, hit the bottom grey “Convert” button to start converting edited videos to selected video format.

Convert edited videos

After converting, you could now get your videos cropped. You could then freely make use of the cropped videos in the way you like.

With Leawo Video Converter, you could not only edit videos, but also convert videos between different formats like MKV to MP4, and create 3D movies from common 2D video sources, etc.

Part 4: How to Crop a Video for Free with Free Online Video Cropper

Convert edited videos

 

Check the below steps to learn how to crop videos for free online with this online free video cropper:
1. Open the site video-crop.com.
2. Add your videos. Click the “Upload your movie” option if you want to crop videos from local drive. Or you could upload video from Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive for cropping if you like.
3. After loading videos, choose the area to crop using white markers and click the “Transform Video” button.
4. This online free video cropper would then crop videos for you. After cropping, hit the “Download Result” button and enjoy.
After downloading, you could then freely use the cropped videos in the way you like.

Part 5: Avidemux vs. Leawo Video Converter vs. Video-Crop.com

What are the differences between Avidemux, Leawo Video Converter and the free online video cropper Video-Crop.com? Which one would meet your needs more? Check the below comparison chart and then you will know the answers yourself. Just choose the one you need.

 

Avidemux

Leawo Video Converter

Video-Crop.com

Crop video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rotate video

Yes

Yes

NA

Trim video

Yes

Yes

No

Adjust video effect

Yes

Yes

No

Add image or text watermark

No

Yes

No

Add 3D effect

No

Yes

No

Remove video noise

Yes

Yes

No

Convert videos

No

Yes

No

Convert audios

No

Yes

No

Play back video/audio

No

Yes

No

Add subtitles to video

No

Yes

No

Take screenshots of video

No

Yes

No

Internet connection

No

No

Required

Cost

Free

$29.95 for 1-year license, $39.95 for lifetime license

Free

Stability

Medium

Higher

Lower

Availability

Mac, Windows and Linux

Mac and Windows

Mac, Windows and Linux