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Jimmy Lars
Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 11, 2017 at 5:33:57 am

I'm somewhat new to Final Cut Pro. I'm looking for a way to crop a vertical video, while simultaneously changing that video's aspect ratio to fit the smaller dimensions after the crop (thus leaving no black borders in the final video, if I were to view it in something like QuickTime Player). The video is a desktop screen-capture video, so I want to crop the video's dimensions to the size of 1 program window that I had open.

I know the ultimate dimensions of the video that I want: 728 x 1242, which is the same size that my window had on the desktop screen. The screencapture video I recorded has dimensions of 744 x 1280. I have tried setting my project properties to have a resolution of 728 x 1242, but even after I cropped the video and exported it, the black borders were still there (maybe I did something wrong - sorry if I missed something obvious here).

I don't want to have to end up maintaining the original 744 x 1280 dimensions, and thus enlarging the cropped video to match those dimensions (in order to eliminate the black borders). Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:47:21 pm

Screenshots please :)

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Bret Williams
Re: Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:22:02 pm

Set project to size you want. Then scale the video to fit within that frame. There's no cropping necessary. This isn't photoshop. Cropping doesn't mean cropping in a photo sense. Think of it as a square mask. It doesn't automatically enlarge. It simply masks.

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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:08:35 pm

Either scale the clip in the info panel or use the transform tool and resize it with the mouse.

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Doug Metz
Re: Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:47:22 pm

You may not need to crop or scale if your project has the correct output dimensions - select the clip, and in the Inspector set Spatial Conform to 'None'. Then reposition your clip accordingly.

You can change this setting in the browser or the timeline. Keep in mind that changing the setting in the browser will not affect clips that are already in the timeline.

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Jimmy Lars
Re: Attempting to crop video, leaving no black borders
on Aug 17, 2017 at 10:08:01 pm

Wow, thank you so much Doug. This was exactly what I was looking for (especially since I'm a beginner).

I just have one more question in general, not aimed at anyone in particular.
I use a MacBook Pro Retina display, so any screencap videos I create on this computer have their resolution automatically doubled. When I use QuickTime Player to play back an unedited video, the video plays back with the same "natural" dimensions (height/width) that I recorded. But now that I've essentially 'cropped' my video, the video's "natural" dimensions seem to be doubled. I can confirm this by using the "Video --> Half Size" option in VLC.
Is there any way to fix this? I'm not that concerned, since I planned on uploading these videos to a online platform, and I think this still would have happened after the upload. But still, I am curious.

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For future reference to any beginners also attempting to crop/trim their video's borders...

When you open Final Cut Pro, go to "New --> Project..." then in the "Video" dropdown box, select 'Custom'. After that, input the resolution you want. (If you don't know the resolution you want, take a screencap of the video you have, then crop/trim it to the desired area in Paint, Preview, or some other image editor, where you can then check the image's dimensions in pixels. In general, that's the resolution you want to input.)

Import your clip into the project, then drag the clip into the timeline. Click on the clip in the timeline (you can click & drag the playhead cursor to a desired time to make the future repositioning easier), then you'll see the Inspector window open on the right side of the screen. Go to the "Spatial Transform" section and select 'None', then go to the "Transform" section and click on the 'Show' option, if its details aren't already displayed.

From this point on, just fiddle with the "X" and "Y" coordinates in the "Transform" section, until you get your video to match how you cropped your video image in your image editor. If you need to be more precise, just zoom in/out using the little percentage thing near the top of the video.


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