I want to crop (as in, take a subset of each frame, like when you crop a photo) a video in Windows Live Movie maker. Is there a way to do this, and failing that is there another free tool i can use to do that?

  • Anyone? Anyone at all?
    – RCIX
    Apr 4, 2010 at 8:36

2 Answers 2


I've used Windows Live Movie Maker for a while, and am 99.99% sure that it doesn't provide the ability to crop frames in a movie.

VirtualDub (here) I've heard is a decent free video editor that can be used to crop videos (e.g. to remove those black bars and to rotate frames).

To crop a video in VirtualDub, open the video and then from the menu, select Video > Filters... > Add... > "null transform" > OK. Now select the "null transform" in the filter list and click "Cropping...". From this dialog you can drag the borders inwards to crop the video.

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    Windows Movie Maker unable to crop? that is pretty sad.. talk about a basic feature that was'nt implemented. Nov 12, 2012 at 19:44
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    I thought .mp4 was a common extension, but VirtualDub does not open it :(
    – removed
    Jan 27, 2016 at 16:38

I'd use Avidemux. Free, and portable version avaliable for Windows. Download page , Crop howto . (Even supports multi-threading which was the original reason why I started to use it. Awesome software. :))

  • I'll check it out soon :)
    – RCIX
    Apr 6, 2010 at 22:51
  • After trying both this and VirtualDub, i prefer the other. Thanks for the suggestion though!
    – RCIX
    Apr 9, 2010 at 8:10
  • Avidemux supports .mp4 so definitely this one is better for me. It supports x265 HEVC too !
    – Pirate X
    May 26, 2018 at 17:59

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