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"I see that there is a Crop Effect, but it seems like you can only use the
effect one way. I need to crop out a little bit of the sides and I'm not
sure how to do that."
Can you describe what you want to do a little better? Are you cropping all
4 sides or just the left and right? I'm assuming you don't want the black
area where you cropped off the image -- correct?
The crop effect will let you trim each edge independently, but that leaves
transparency where the edge was trimmed. If you check the zoom box in the
crop effect properties, the image will be scaled so that the image will be
the same as the original frame size. Horizontial and vertical are scaled
independently and that can distort the image if you didn't crop
proportionaly. That may be ok depending on your purpose. If you only crop
the left and right edges, zoom will be similar to what happens with your
wide screen tv when you have it set up to stretch a standard definition show
to fill the screen.
If you don't want the disproportional stretching, don't use zoom. Use
"scale" in the motion properties. That scales both directions equally. You
can either scale the original image or the image with the crop effect
Rather than scale up the image, some people simply place a background image
underneath so they don't have black space.
Kelly, once you apply the Crop effect to a clip on your timeline, right-click on that clip and select Show Properties.
This will open the Properties panel for that clip. Open the settings for the Crop effect (click on the white triangle to the left of the listing in this panel) and you can set it to crop any side you'd like.