Top 4 Easy Ways to Crop Screen Recording

You're in the right place if you're wondering how to crop screen recording on your mobile phone or computer. You will learn different ways to crop your screen recording. This includes using a third-party tool, the Photos app, VLC, and an online video cropper tool. Read on.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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Recording the screen on your phone or computer is great fun. You may also want to crop your video to suit a specific aspect ratio. Can you crop screen recording on Windows, Mac, Android, or iPhone? Which is the most reliable tool to use for this purpose?

This guide outlines different ways to crop a screen recording on your computer or mobile phone. Not all people have mastered the art of cropping screen recordings, although it may sound simple. Read on to learn the different ways you can do it.

Crop a Screen Recording on PC/Mac by Re-recording

The most reliable way to crop a screen recording on a Windows 10 PC or Mac is by re-recording it. You can achieve that using software like EaseUS RecExperts. It allows you to add different cropping functionalities to the screen you want to record. This tool allows you to perform a full-screen recording or select region recording.

Moreover, when re-recording the video, this lightweight screen recorder allows you to edit it in real-time and add any information you desire. You can also record more than one screen using the "multi-screen recording" feature and then combine and crop the recordings.

Download EaseUS RecExperts today for the best experience. The steps to start recording are quite simple to follow.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts on your computer. Before recording, you can choose from two recording modes. To record the whole screen, choose the "Full Screen" mode; to record a part of the screen, select "Region".

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. You can also choose to record the screen with your webcam, system sound, microphone. Just click to select them. You can also set auto split, auto recording with various functions on the interface.

Record with Webcam and Audio

Step 3. Then, click on the red "REC" button to start recording. To pause the recording, click on the white double vertical bar; to end the recording, click on the red square sign. They are located on the menu bar appearing on your screen.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you will be led to the recording list. Here you can view, split, extract audio, take screenshots, delete, and manage your recordings, etc. To start a new recording with previous settings, click on the "REC" button on the top of the window.

Recording List Window

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Crop Screen Recording Easily with VLC

Besides playing videos, VLC allows you to crop screen recordings on your computer. This allows you to remove any unwanted sections on your recording. VLC works on both Windows PCs and Macs. Below are the steps to crop a screen recording using VLC on Windows:

Step 1. Launch VLC on your computer, then navigate to the "Media" menu bar. Select the "Open File" option and select your recording.

Select region

Step 2. Click the "Tools" menu, then select "Effects and Filters."

Step 3. Click "Video Effects" in the next window and select "Crop."

Step 4. Next, enter the specific pixel sizes you want for your video (for top, bottom, left, and right). Once done, click "Save." VLC will then crop your video recording based on the settings you've made.

crop screen recordings with vlc

✏️Read also: How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

Crop Your Screen Recording on Mobile Phone Using Photos App

It's also possible to crop your screen recording using a mobile phone. iPhones and Android phones have a built-in Photos app that supports video cropping. Follow the steps below to crop screen recording on iPhone and Android.

Crop Screen Recording on iPhone

You can easily crop a screen recording using the Photos app if your iPhone is running on iOS 13 or later via the following steps:

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone. Select the screen recording you want to crop. 

Step 2. Navigate to the top-right corner and choose "Edit." Next, select the crop icon represented with squares at the bottom of the screen. 

crop screen recording on iphone - step 1

Step 3. Drag the corners of the frame in the video to adjust/crop the size of your screen recording. Once you're satisfied with the new cropped screen recording, save it by clicking the "Done" button.

Crop Screen Recording on Android

You can crop a screen recording on Android using the Google Photos app as follows:

Step 1. Open the Google Photos app and select the screen recording you want to crop.

Step 2. Next, click on "Edit" then "Crop."

how to crop screen recording on android

Step 3. To start cropping your video, drag the white circles in its corners to your preference. Once you're satisfied with the size of your cropped recording, click "Save copy."

Crop Screen Recording Online with Video Cropper Tool

Another easier option to crop a screen recording is doing it online. You just need to upload the video or paste its link to initiate the process. One video cropper that we recommend you try out online is Kapwing. Kapwing is a free online resource that allows you to upload screen recordings via the website and crop them using available presets.

Step 1. Open your browser, type "Kapwing," and hit Enter. On the search results, click "Online Video Editor" to open the Kapwing video editing website.

Step 2. Click "Edit a video."

crop screen recording online

Step 3. To upload your screen recording, select "Click to upload" and choose the video to upload.

Step 4. Once your video has finished uploading, navigate to the right menu and click "Resize Canvas" under "Project."

Step 5. Select the size preset to crop your video, i.e., 16:9 (YouTube), 9:16 (TikTok), or 1:1 (Instagram). Next, click "Fill and Crop" then "Apply."

Step 6. Your cropped video is now ready for download. Click the "Export Project" button at the top right corner of the screen, then "Export as MP4."

Step 7. Wait for the export process to complete and click "Download" to download the cropped video to your computer. You can now share your screen recording with anyone.

The Bottom Line

You can crop screen recording on mobile phones or computers to suit different aspect ratios. Some ways to crop your recording entail using EaseUS RecExperts, VLC media player, or online via a video cropper tool. Among the methods discussed in this article, the most recommended one is via EaseUS RecExperts.

This efficient screen recorder software allows you to re-record and conveniently crop videos on your computer. The tool supports full-screen, selected region, and multi-screen recording. Once you've cropped your screen recording, this tool allows you to save it to local or external drives. Ensure you download EaseUS RecExperts today and try it out.

Crop Screen Recording FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions about cropping screen recording.

1. How Do I Crop a Video Screen?

You can crop a video screen by adjusting the original size of the video display to suit your needs. You can crop a video to a ratio of 1:1 (square), 16:9 (landscape), or 9:16 (portrait). Essentially, cropping seeks to change the original appearance of the video screen.

2. How Do I Crop a Recording on My Computer?

You can easily crop a recording on your computer using the VLC media player as follows:

Step 1. Launch VLC on your computer and navigate to the Media menu bar. Select the Open File option and select the screen recording you want to crop.

Step 2. Once the screen recording opens in VLC, click the Tools menu and select Effects and Filters.

Step 3. On the next window, click Video Effects and select Crop.

Step 4. Next, enter the specific pixel sizes you want for your video (for top, bottom, left, and right). Once done, click Save.

3. How Do You Cut Out Part of a Screen Recording on an iPhone?

You can do that by trimming the video using the Photos app. Check the steps below:

Step 1. Launch the Photos app and open the screen recording you want to trim. Select Edit.

Step 2. To trim the screen recording, adjust the frame viewer below it to alter the start and stop points. Once you finish trimming, tap Done.

Step 3. The last step is to save the video. If you want to save only the trimmed version, tap Save Video. To save both versions, tap Save Video as New Clip.

4. How Do I Record My Screen and Crop on My Laptop?

You can record and crop your screen using an efficient screen recorder tool like EaseUS RecExperts. This tool lets you perform full-screen, selected region, or multi-screen recording. Ensure you download EaseUS RecExperts and try it out today.

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