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How to edit videos on iPhone or iPad

How to edit videos on iPhone or iPad

How to crop videos on an iPhone or iPad

Cropping a video is one of the most basic edits you can make. Although you can cut before sharing in some apps, such as Instagram, you can easily cut in the Photos app as well.

Follow these steps to crop your video:

  1. Select the video you want to cut.
  2. Tap «Edit» in the lower right corner.
  3. You should now see a play button and the video timeline. Use the left arrow to change the starting point of the video, or the right arrow to change the end point of the video.
  4. Touch the Play button to preview the changes.
  5. When you’re happy with your changes, tap «Done» and then choose «Save video» or «Save video as new clip» to duplicate.

Editing video on iOS is not destructive, which means that if you choose «Save video», you won’t lose any record permanently. At any time, you can re-edit the video to include the material you cut.

How to crop and rotate videos on an iPhone or iPad

Previously, you had to use a third-party application to correct the orientation of the video. Now in iOS 13, you can cut and rotate videos.

Follow these steps to rotate a video:

  1. Select the video you want to rotate or cut.
  2. Tap «Edit» in the lower right corner.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Rotate / Cut icon (see image below).
  4. In the upper left corner, tap the Rotate 90 degrees icon (box with an arrow above). Touch the button as many times as necessary until you find the correct aspect ratio.
  5. Touch «Done» in the lower right corner to finish editing.

Touch the Rotate / Cut icon.

How to combine videos on an iPhone or iPad

You’ll need a third-party app to merge videos on your iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, Apple offers free iMovie, making it easy to combine two or more videos into one finished production.

Follow these steps to merge two or more videos:

  1. Unload iMovie free on iPhone or iPad.
  2. Launch iMovie and you’ll see the «Projects» screen. Touch the plus sign (+) to start a new project, then tap «Movie» when prompted.
  3. Select the videos you want to merge (you can add more later). Grab the edges of each video to cut clips directly on this screen.
  4. With the selected clips, tap «Create movie» at the bottom.

The selected clips are placed on one video timeline one after the other. To crop them, tap the videos to select them, tap the edges of each frame, and then drag them down to adjust their size.

Video editing screen in iMovie for iOS.

If you want to reorder your videos, press and hold one until it floats. Then drag it left or right to move it back or forward on the timeline. Throw it in front of another clip to place it after that clip.

You can also change the video transition between each clip. To do this, simply tap the video transition icon in the timeline.

When you’re done, follow these steps to export your movie:

  1. Touch «Done» in the upper left corner.
  2. Click the Play button to preview your project, and then tap the Share button to export it.
  3. Use the application icons to choose where you want to share the video, or tap «Save video» to export it directly to Photos.

Touch the Share button to export your video.

How to apply and remove video filters

As with photos, you can record videos with filters in your native iOS app. Like photos, videos you record with a filter are not destructive, which means you can change or remove the filter at any time.

Follow these steps to add, modify, or delete a filter:

  1. Select the video to which you want to apply a filter.
  2. Tap «Edit» in the lower right corner.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Filters icon (see image below).
  4. Scroll to preview the filters, then select one or choose «Original» to remove all filters.
  5. Touch «Done» in the lower right and wait for the filter to apply.

Touch the Filters icon.

The size of the video, the quality at which it was recorded, and the age of your device determine how long you have to wait for the filter to apply.

How to adjust video exposure, contrast and more

Now you can also adjust different image settings in videos in iOS 13 just like you can with photos. IPhone and iPad owners now have access to a full range of editing tools, including automatic enhancement. Also, these changes are not destructive, so you can undo them in the future.

Follow these steps to adjust exposure, contrast, and more videos:

  1. Select the video you want to edit.
  2. Tap «Edit» in the lower right corner.
  3. At the bottom, tap the Settings icon (see image below).
  4. Scroll through the various attributes of the image and move the slider to adjust the image.
  5. When you’re happy with your changes, tap «Done.»

Touch the Settings icon.

You can adjust all of the following parameters:

  • Exposure
  • Highlight
  • Darkness
  • Contrast
  • luminosity
  • Black dot
  • Satiety
  • Vitality
  • Hot
  • Dye
  • Clarity
  • Definition
  • Noise reduction
  • Bullet point

The best way to find out what each of these settings does is to play and experiment with them.

How to restore a video to its original state

You can return any video or photo to its original state with a single tap in the Photos application. To do this, just find the edited video, tap «Edit» in the lower right corner, then tap «Return.»

Touch "Return".

This works for both photos and videos. Returns any cropping, filtering, image adjustment, rotation, or cropping you have applied.

Create richer trailers and productions with iMovie

iMovie is Apple’s free consumer video editing application. Allows you to perform «linear editing», which means editing videos on a single track (instead of multitrack editing, which allows more complex operations).

iMovie is an easy-to-use video editor that lets you place videos, photos, and audio on a timeline. You can also record a voice, record videos directly to your timeline, or import other files from your file system or iCloud.

When you start an iMovie project for the first time, tap «Movie» for normal projects or «Preview» to make an automatic video in the style of a movie trailer.

The "New Project" menu in iMovie.

In Movie mode, tap the plus sign (+) to add media to your timeline. Touch a clip to edit, add text, change the playback speed, or add filters.

If you want to make fine adjustments to a video (exposure, contrast, etc.), you need to do so in the Photos app before adding it to your timeline.

Take editing to the next level with Lumafusion

iMovie is useful, but limited. Since Apple has not released a version of its professional video editing application, Final Cut, for iOS, it is up to third-party developers to fill the gap.

Lumafusion is currently the best professional video editing application for iPhone and iPad. It gives you six tracks for audio and video and six more for other sounds, including music, voice-overs or sound effects.

This application contains the following features that are normally only available from professional publishers:

  • bullets
  • Ability to link or disconnect clips.
  • Key frames for panning and audio levels
  • Equalization and audio filters
  • Layers of effects
  • Ability to copy and paste clip attributes.
  • Custom appearance reports
  • A wide range of supported frame rates

You can obtain Lumafusion for $ 29.99 on the App Store, which may seem expensive for an iOS app. However, it is a bargain compared to professional video editing software such as Final Cut Pro X on a Mac ($ 299.99) or a subscription the Adobe Premiere Pro (approximately $ 240 per year).

If you want to take full advantage of your device’s video recording capabilities, see FiLMiC Pro.

Drag, edit, share

It is increasingly common for amateur video professionals, journalists, and directors to film, edit, and share their projects on a single device. If you go this route, the biggest obstacles are probably battery life and disk space.

Make sure you plug it into an electrical outlet if you are editing videos. To solve space problems, you may want update your iCloud storage plan, to enable iCloud Photo Library. It downloads your entire media library to the cloud, but you’ll need a reliable internet connection if you want to use videos stored online in your projects.