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Reframe iPhone Footages and Remove Unwanted Parts

How to Crop/Zoom iPhone Video without Quality Loss [No Black Bars]
By Gabriel Coleman Updated: November 01, 2018

You can't always get the video you want with your iPhone. Making a simple crop can inject new energy into your footages shot by iPhone. Unexpected fingers, annoying black bars, inappropriate aspect ratio, these things happen. It helps in several ways.

● Remove unwanted parts and elements from your videos, such as black bars and errant objects.

● Crop to a certain aspect ratio for posting iPhone video to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or playing on TV, computer.

● Reframe the clip to draw the eye toward the most important aspect of footage (also zoom in the video). And the list goes on.

Read on for advice on how to use the recommended video crop tool for iPhone to polish your footages.

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[Tutorial] How to Crop iPhone Footages

It's quite simple to crop videos shot by iPhone with VideoProc. To do this, save your iPhone videos you wish to crop to your computer, open VideoProc, and use the following steps.

Step 1: Import an iPhone video

Click the Video icon on the main interface and the Video window appears. Click the add video tab at the top and select a video to load. You can directly drag and drop the source video to the Video interface. If you want to add more than one video captured by iPhone for processing in batch, repeat the step. It also allows users to load a video folder by clicking the Video Folder tab at the top. Once you import the video, select a video format as output from the Target Format list.

import iPhone videos

Step 2: Enable the crop

Now, Choose the Crop tool under the video information. A new window pops up, giving you the cropping options.

Step 3: Crop your footage

Check the box Enable Crop to turn on the function. Crop borders display on the edges of the video image. The crop box can be moved and resized. Click the Preset drop-down list and select a preset. There are quite a few presets. Select the preset you need.

In the Position, adjust the values in the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom fields to fine tune the crop box. After you've all set, click the Done buttons to make it applied.

Free - Enable this preset to freely drag the corner and edge handles to set the crop boundaries in your video to any size.

Crop LetterBox - Enable this option to make the crop box appropriately sized with black bars automatically removed.

Keep Current - The crop borders remain the current shape.

Keep Origin - Enable to preset to set the crop box to the original status.

16:9 - This is a preset for a 16:9 crop.

4:3 - The crop box will be constrained to a 4:3 aspect ratio.

1:1 - Square the crop box by selecting the 1:1 aspect ratio.

For example, if your videos are shot by iPhone X with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and you want to crop the iPhone footages for Instagram that requires ratio 1:1, 1.9:1 or 4:5, we recommend you to set the crop box to 1:1 under the preset drop-down list.

import iPhone videos

Step 4: Start processing

On the right side of the Video window, click the Browse button next to Output Folder option to select a folder for saving the cropped new video file. Click the RUN button to zoom in the iPhone video.

Does cropping affect the iPhone video quality?

The answer is yes. The cropping process includes decoding, making the change, and re-encoding. Re-encoding means a certain degradation to image quality. The degree of the loss depends upon how extreme the crop is and the tool you choose. It's impossible to export the cropped footages from iPhone without any quality loss. However, with the right program like VideoProc, you can get the best result - there's no quality difference your eye can tell between the original file and cropped video.

The differences among cropping, trimming, resizing, and changing aspect ratio

During video editing, some users have trouble figuring out the differences, especially cropping vs trimming. Read the following information to help understand these terms and use them accordingly.

Cropping means reframing the video. It is used to zooming in on the subject, remove unwanted parts of video images, or to fit a certain size of a screen/display. Video aspect ratio can be changed by cropping.

Trimming is used to cut off the start or the end of a video and get rid of unwanted parts. It changes the length of the video. Learn how to cut and trim iPhone footages.

When you resize a video, you change the size of the video. You have different ways to resize an iPhone video, it can be cropping, trimming, adjusting video parameters such as resolution, bit rate, etc.

The term aspect ratio refers to a proportional relationship between the video image width and height.

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Gabriel Coleman

Gabriel is a technical editor with several years of writing experience. Gabriel covers video processing, post-production, hardware, Windows, Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and all kinds of technology topics. He loves collecting cool gadgets and trying new things like virtual reality, drones, 8K TVs and the latest 4K games. He also has interests in reading, photography, climbing, scuba diving, and tennis.

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