3 Tips to Improve the Composition of Video Content by Cropping

Cropping a video is about much more than just removing part of its frame. Instead it is a powerful tool that will let you directly improve the composition of your videos.

To do that however, you need to make sure that you take advantage of what the crop feature can do and use it to reframe your video. That can be tricky and is entirely subjective, but there are a few tips that you can use to help make it easier:

Focus on the Subject

When you crop a video, your goal should be to focus the attention of viewers on the subject. That can be done by excluding elements that could draw attention away from the subject, or cropping to a close-up or medium shot of the subject.

Keep in mind that unlike photos, the subject and other elements in your videos may move – and you need to account for that. In other words you should try to make sure that viewers stay focused on the subject throughout the video, and not just in the frame that you are looking at when you crop it.

Align the Subject Using the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is definitely one of the easiest composition techniques to use, and is a good way to improve the composition when you crop the video. All that you need to do is align the subject and elements in your video based on the lines and intersection points of a 3×3 grid.

Due to the popularity of this technique, most software will let you enable the 3×3 grid or will have it by default in their crop tool. That should make it easy to line up the subject and other elements, and should help you to produce a more balanced composition.

Perfect the Amount of Headroom

Essentially the ‘headroom’ is the amount of space between the top of the subject’s head and the frame of the video. It needs to be just right, as if there is too much headroom the focus on the subject won’t be that good, whereas if there is too little (or none) the video will look crowded.

The ‘right’ amount of headroom will vary depending on the type of shot and its composition, but you should experiment with a few crops to see which one has the most visual impact.

Rest assured learning how to crop a video is the easy part, and you can use practically any editor you want to. Alternatively, an even easier option may be to use a web-based platform such as the Crop Video app by Clideo.

The tips above should help you to capitalize on the benefits of cropping your videos. That being said you should always keep in mind that every video is unique, and there are no hard and fast rules to improve their composition.

In short you should think of these tips as useful guidance, but feel free to break them if you feel there is a better option.

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