Current iPhone models have cameras that exceed broadcast quality. More recent models shoot video in 4K and play HDR. What iPhone does not do so well is edit movies. It’s not for trying. iPhone users have plenty of apps to do the deed but just not much screen real estate. Here’s another.
One of the more adventurous app developers in recent years is Movavi, a maker of video editors, screen capture, and photo editor apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I have a few, and while they’re not full featured like iMovie or Final Cut Pro, they are very good, and perhaps my favorite is the new one from less than a year ago. Clips for iPhone and iPad.
The problem with most iOS video editors is too many features crammed into too little screen space. Clips has plenty of features you’d expect in a video clip editor– split and merge, combine or rearrange segments, adjust color, add transitions, etc.– but in a traditional and decidedly non-iMovie user interface.
One feature you don’t find in many iOS editors is the option to record video from within the application itself. You can overlay stickers and captions, and even drop photos directly into the edit timeline.
- Considering the nominal price tag, features are extensive.
- Record videos right from the app. They will be added to the timeline automatically
- Split and merge videos
- Cut out and remove unwanted sections with a swipe gesture
- Combine segments and put them in any order to create stories
- Adjust brightness to make your footage look perfect
- Tweak saturation to impress audience with a gorgeous picture
- Insert smooth transitions between clips
- Add captions. Adjust the position, font, size and color
- Overlay cool stickers for the whole length of your video
- Add photos to your video: with the automatic pan and zoom effect they will look exciting and lively
- Duplicate fragments – insert funny moments in your video montage several times
- Rotate clips – now you can fix videos that were accidentally shot in the wrong orientation or create hilarious upside down videos
- Add fade-in and fade-out effect – make your movie look more professional
- Speed up funny videos to make them even funnier
- Slow down your clips and create a stunning slow motion effect
Yeah, you get all that for free. With a catch.
Screen real estate is always an issue with video editing and Clips is no different, so I recommend starting slowly– add some video clips, rearrange, drop in some text or stickers, export and share.
Sharing is easy with the iOS built-in extensions (think Facebook, Instagram, et al).
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I recommend Clips for iPhone and iPad users who are stumped by iMovie. It’s just too easy to add videos and photos, cut out parts you don’t want and rearrange the clips the way you want, and it even lets you drop in music (but it comes with a few built-in music tracks).
There is no real negative considering you can use Clips for free. No ads, either. But there is an odd subscription price. $1.99 a month. That alone is an incentive to take the lifetime option because that removes the watermark.