It use to be in CS5 when you place and image, you could turn off the auto-fit adust the frame, trimming out some of the image and then click the free transform tool. You could then go up into the Width and Height panel enter the specific dimensions and the image with the frame would distort based on the input, thus allowing you to distort the specific part of the image base on the frame with out having to try and drag it to the specific size. In CC it only adjusts the frame with the image staying the same even with the auto-fit on or off. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to free transform using the W and H well allowing the image in the framed area to distort to the exact dimesions?
Did you every find this answer? I have the same problem with CS6 and it is very annoying.
Scale an object using the Transform panel in Indesign CS6 it only crops by adjusting frame not resizing content.