One of the top benefits of cropping a video is that it can remove some of the imperfections that arise during production.
While every filmmaker hopes to bring pristine, flawless footage into the editing room, this is often not the case. Filming is a long, collaborative process that comes with various risks. Someone may unintentionally walk into the shot, a boom pole might dip into the top of the frame, or an extraneous object might roll in front of the camera. When you’re faced with such imperfections, a simple crop can remove any trace of error without substantially changing the resolution of your footage.
Another benefit of cropping your video is that it allows you to adjust your aspect ratio easily. Given the different screen sizes available, it’s highly likely your video will be shown at various aspect ratios, including:
- 16:9, known as widescreen, the aspect ratio of smartphones, laptops, and some televisions
- 4:3, or fullscreen, a classic dimension used in traditional cinema and some modern independent films
Preparing for various screen dimensions can help make your project suitable for many different viewing situations, which can enhance its visibility, raise your view count, and widen your audience. With our in-browser editing suite, you can easily test your cropped result before displaying it on the big (or small) screen.
Finally, cropping your video provides you with the opportunity to make creative and technical choices by changing the composition of your image. Maybe you’ve realized your footage is slightly off-center, or you’ve decided that an object in the left part of the shot should be the focal point. An easy crop can adjust the entire composition of the shot, drawing the viewer’s eye to a new location and changing the overall feel of the image.
Whether your decision to crop your footage is practical or aesthetic in nature, this editing technique can help you maximize your impact and focus your story.