We usually think of cropping as a photo editing tool, but it can also be used on videos. Sometimes the original aspect ratio doesn’t fit what you want. Fortunately, it is quite easy to crop videos on Android.
There are a few different apps that you can use to trim videos on Android. The two that will be best for most people are Google Photos and the Stock Gallery app on Samsung Galaxy devices. We’ll cover them both.
How to crop videos with Google Photos
Google Photos may already be installed on your Android device. If not, you can easily install it from the Google Play Store.
First, open the app and select the video you want to trim.
Tap the screen to bring up the controls and select the “Edit” icon.
Switch to the “Crop” tab on the bottom toolbar.
You now have all the cropping tools you’d see for photos. Drag the corners to select the area you want to keep. You can also rotate and adjust the perspective of the video.
When you’re ready to finish, tap “Save Copy” to apply your changes.
That is all! The original unedited video is still available in your gallery.
How to Crop Videos with Samsung Gallery
Samsung’s stock “Gallery” app with some nice video editing tools, including trimming. Find the app on your home screen or app drawer and open it.
Find the video you want to trim and select it.
Tap the pencil icon in the bottom bar to open the editing tools.
Select the crop icon on the toolbar.
You can now crop the video just like you would a photo. Drag the grid to select the area you want to keep. You can also flip and rotate the video if you want.
When you’re happy with the changes, tap “Save” at the top right to overwrite the video, or select “Save as Copy” from the three-dot menu at the bottom right.
That’s all about it! Cropping videos is something that was not always so easy to do on smartphones. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. You can trim and perform other basic video editing tasks without the need for fancy editors.
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