I created a video to demonstrate how to do something in OneNote, and now I need to insert it in my reference app. The video fills my entire screen, which isn't optimal for my app because only 165x110 pixels are actually involved in the video - the rest is a blank white background. Now, I need to find out how to crop this video down to the essential pixel size. If this cannot be done, I could create a .gif, but I would prefer to just crop my video.


Any decent video editor would have this feature.

E.g. you can use VirtualDub:

  • Free and open-source
  • Runs on Windows
  • Has a GUI.
  • Can crop

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If you prefer using a CLI, you can use FFmpeg:

  • Free and open-source
  • Runs on Windows
  • Allows to crop: ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -filter:v "crop=out_w:out_h:x:y" out.mp4
  • Is CLI so you can batch.
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    There is very little I haven't managed to do with ffmpeg. The learning curve is pretty steep, but it's very much worth learning if you do lots of video editing. – Sidney Oct 14 '14 at 18:54

XMediaRecode will do this for you. It is a video and audio transcoding program that works on Windows. It also supports a lot of different file types such as WMV, MP4, MP3, 3GP, Matroska and more. Additionally it has a GUI and is Freeware. Image of XMediaRecode cropping MrMaker


If you have issues installing the proper codec on VirtualDub, you can use Avidemux:

  • free and open source
  • binaries for win32/win64
  • Go to Video > Filters > Crop

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