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How to use freehand crop in Clipchamp

“Freehand” refers to using your cursor to change a media asset in the preview window of Clipchamp instead of relying on presets for cropping or positioning.

With the freehand crop tool you can crop certain areas of videos, images or other visual assets and even change the aspect ratio of an asset by adjusting the corners inside the preview area. This editing function helps you keep the focal points of your video in frame with ease.

Note: The screenshots in this article are from Clipchamp's personal version. The same principles apply to Clipchamp for work accounts.

How to use freehand crop in Clipchamp

Step 1. Create a project or open an existing project

If you're creating a new video editing project, add media files to the media library, then start by dragging and dropping items onto the timeline.

An image of a user adding a video to the timeline.

Step 2. Select the asset in the timeline

Select the clip on the timeline you would like to freehand crop. Your chosen asset will get highlighted on the timeline and in the video preview window when it is selected.

An image of a user clicking on the video on the timeline so it's highlighted in green.

Step 3. Select the Crop button

The floating toolbar will appear. Select the crop button.

An image of a user clicking the crop button on the floating toolbar.

Step 4. Crop your asset

Cropping handles will appear on your video preview's corners and sides. Using your cursor, drag the cropping handles in and out to freehand crop the asset. You can use the corner cropping handles, or side cropping handles to change the size and aspect ratio of your asset.

An image of a user using the freehand crop handles.

Step 5. Select the Done or Revert to original button

Select the Done button if you are happy with the freehand crop. The changes apply to the selected asset in the timeline only.

An image of a user clicking on the done button.

If you would like to redo the crop, or revert back to the video's original state, select the Revert to original button instead.

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