Auto Crop

Instantly crop compositions to fit their contents

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Version Release Date
September 7, 2019
After Effects CS6 and Newer

Auto Crop allows you to instantly crop a composition down to the size of its contents. Crop a composition at the current frame or analyze an entire composition's content and crop without cutting off any animation. Auto Crop 3 now even allows you to crop the current comp without it needing to be a pre-comp. In the newest version, Auto Crop has been rebuilt from the ground up as a native plug-in to provide new features and better results.

Crop Faster Than Ever

Auto Crop has been rebuilt from the ground up as a native plugin for After Effects. This means that you get faster speeds than before, even when cropping several layers at once.

Get Pixel Perfect Accuracy

Auto Crop produces pixel-perfect crops based on the alpha channel of every layer within a composition. If even a single pixel is partially visible, Auto Crop will see it and include it in the crop dimensions.

Work Less

Even if you have a composition that is being used across multiple compositions, you can use Auto Crop without a problem. After cropping, every instance will be adjusted so that the new size doesn't affect any visuals.

Crop with Confidence

Have animation within your composition? Auto Crop can examine the entire duration to find the smallest possible size without cutting off any details.

Work Your Way

Auto Crop gives you many different options for customizing your experience. Save space on the UI by using the layer menu with keyboard shortcuts, keep Auto Crop on screen with the optional script UI panel and customize your crops with the new preferences screen.

Customize for your workflow

Don't want to open the preferences each time you need to make a change? You can also customize the Auto Crop panel to keep frequently accessed options on screen.

Crop with Masks

Cropping with masks lets you quickly resize a precomp to a custom size. Mask cropping can also be used to expand the size of a composition

Expand And Crop

If you move layers outside of the composition bounds, you can now expand the composition and crop it at the same time!


After Effects: CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6

Trial Version

Please download and install the trial version before purchasing to verify it meets your individual requirements.

The trial version of Auto Crop works exactly the same as the full version, but you are limited to 10 crops per day for 7 days. Additionally, you will be prompted to enter a serial number each time Auto Crop is run, which must be manually skipped.


Auto Crop does as much as possible to maintain the position of every layer within a composition, however there are a couple of exceptions.

First, the size of a composition affects how 3D layers are viewed. This means that if your composition contains 3D positioned layers, your composition will need to be pre-composed in order to maintain proper positioning. Auto Crop provides an option to do this for you.

The other exception is when expressions applied to your layers are affected by the dimensions of the composition. Since Auto Crop changes these dimensions, your layers may end up in different places after the crop completes, resulting in results that appear inaccurate. In order to avoid this, you would need to convert your expressions to keyframes before cropping.

Version History


Release Date - 09/07/2019


  • Licensing Update


Release Date - 06/18/2019


  • Add option to expand the composition before cropping to include layers that are outside the composition bounds
  • Add ability to customize the Script UI panel
  • Add startup script that exposes a function to allow crops to be run from external sources
  • Add KBar support


  • Crop directly from the project panel when multiple compositions are selected


  • Minor bug fixes

Version 3.0.1

Release Date - 05/17/2019

Bug Fixes

  • Fix an issue where the registration doesn't come up
  • Fix the error popup when a non-composition item is selected in the project panel

Version 3.0.0

Release Date - 05/16/2019

New Features

  • Auto Crop is now a native plugin and works even faster than before
  • Crop the current composition, no the need to precompose
  • If a composition is being used in multiple compositions, every instance will have its position corrected after cropping across the entire project
  • 'Crop Duration' speed and progress display improvements
  • Options for cropping at full or current resolution
  • Auto Crop is now accessible from the layer menu or the script UI panel

Version (2015) 2.5.0

Release Date - 9/21/2015

New Features

  • Add option for adding padding to crops
  • Improved: Crops are now more accurate
  • Improved: All instances of a precomp in your composition will be repositioned accordingly (Same composition only)

Bug Fixes

  • Now works in After Effects CC2015
  • Layers with parents will now be positioned accurately.

Version 2.13

Release Date - 3/15/14

New Features

  • Improved: The 'Auto Crop' option can now be run on multiple pre-comps at once

Bug Fixes

  • Crop Accuracy Improvements

Version 2.10

Release Date - 9/1/13

  • Works in After Effects CC
  • Bug Fixes

Version 2.00

Release Date - 5/23/12

  • New Feature: The 'Previous Crop Info' section displays stats on the most recently preformed crop
  • New Option: Ignore Masks - Choose to crop based on the layer without masks applied
  • New Option: Delete Mask - Choose whether or not to delete the mask used for Mask Crop
  • New Feature: You no longer have to use rectangualar masks for Mask Crop. As long as your mask has two or more points, it will work for the crop
  • New Feature: Crop Duration progress now show both in a progress bar as well as in the Info panel
  • Fix: Auto Crop now works with After Effects in any language

Version 1.01

  • Mask used for crop now deletes after 'Crop to Mask' takes place

Version 1.0

  • Masks now remain in place after a crop.
  • Fixed issue where compositions containing layers with expressions failed to crop correctly
  • Auto Crop now works accurately when the pre-comp contains transform keyframes
  • Auto Crop now accurately crops compositions containing layers with low opacity
  • Auto Crop now corrects transform attributes for every instance of the pre-comp in the current project

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