The Clips app, from Apple, allows you to create a new short video from existing photos and videos as well as being able to record new video right inside the app itself. Clips allows you to overlay graphics and add effects to make the video fun and really quite polished.
Clips calls each compilation of videos and photos a project and you can only have one project open at a time. As you add more content to your project, you’ll see the list of items grow nearly the middle left side of the screen. If you decide to stop working on a project and come back to it later, you can save your project and then open it again when you’re ready.
- Open the App Store app.
- Tap Search in the lower-right corner of the screen.
- Type Clips in the Search box.
- Swipe up and down in the results screen if necessary.
- When you see the Clips app, tap Get to the right of the app name.
- After you install Clips, tap Open.
After you open Clips, you’ll see what your front camera sees on the screen and you can start taking a video.
Edit Your Clips
Each photo or video you take, or any photo or video you add from the Camera Roll, is added to your project. A project can include different clips from different sources. For example, you can add a photo as the first clip, two videos as the second and third clip, and a photo from your Camera Roll as your fourth clip.
The most recent clip you added or recorded appears at the right side of the row of clips in the lower-left corner of the screen. Play the clips in sequence by tapping the Play icon to the left of the row of clips. If there are too many clips to fit on the screen, swipe left and right to view all the clips.
When you have the clips ready, tap the Effects icon to the right of the Record button. (The icon looks like a multi-colored star.) Now you can edit clips in your project before you send them. Below the viewer, tap one of the four options from left to right:
- Filters: Add one of 15 filters to the clip, such as Noir to make the photo or video black and white.
- Labels: Add a text image to your photo or video.
- Stickers: Add a cartoon image or a shape (such as a check mark) on top of your photo or video.
- Emoji: Select an emoji to add on top of your photo or video.
When you’re finished adding effects, tap the X icon to the right of the Emoji option.
If you want to change or remove an effect from a clip, tap the clip tile at the bottom of the screen. Then tap the Effects icon, select the effect option, and select a new effect.
Remove a filter by tapping the Filters option if necessary and then tap the Original filter tile.
If you want to remove a label, sticker, or emoji, here’s how:
- Tap the Labels, Stickers, or Emoji option.
- Tap the label, sticker, or emoji in the center of the photo or video.
- Tap the X icon above and to the left of the label, sticker, or emoji.
- Tap Done at the bottom of the screen to close the Effects screen.
Rearrange and Delete Clips
Within the row of clips at the bottom of the screen, you can rearrange them by tapping and holding on a clip and then moving the clip to the left or right. Your selected clip appears larger in the row as you hold it and move it.
As you move the clip, other clips move aside so you can place your clip in your desired location. When you move the clip to the left, the clip will appear earlier in the project video, and a clip moved to the right will appear later in the video.
You can delete a clip by tapping the clip. In the clip editing area below the viewer, tap the trash can icon and then tap Delete Clip in the menu. If you decide against deleting the clip, close the clip editing area by tapping Done at the bottom of the screen.
Open a Saved Project
By default, the last project you worked on appears at the bottom of the screen the next time you launch Clips. You can also view saved projects by tapping the Projects icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Each project tile shows several photos or videos within each tile. Underneath each tile, you see the date the project was last saved and the length of the project video. Swipe back and forth within the project tile row to view all your projects, and tap a tile to open it.
The first clip within the project appears in the center of the screen, and all clips within the project appears at the bottom of the screen so you can view and edit them.
You can create a new project by tapping the Create New icon at the left side of the project tile row.