Here are two simple ways to crop videos in Adobe After Effects. The first way uses the Region of Interest tool and will give you a more standard crop. The second way uses the pen tool and will allow you to make a much more customized crop. If you’d like to follow along with the exact files we’re using in the video, be sure to fill out the form below and download the working file for this project.
Select the region of interest tool below the composition.
With the region of interest tool, create a box around everything you want included. This doesn’t have to be exact. You can adjust the box to where you want it.
Select your video and then select the Pen tool.
Use the pen tool to draw a custom shape to crop.
Use the select tool to adjust the points and adjust the shape of the crop.
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