High-quality cameras are powerful enough to deliver video editing capabilities in the latest generations of the iPhone and iPad. You can use your iPhone or iPad to edit your video with friends and family or before sharing it on social media.
Editing a video can scare you if you’ve never done it before, but the iOS Photos app includes video editing tools that make the process simple and accessible. Photos come with convenient video editing tools that you can use to trim, crop, flip, or rotate your videos among other functions. Mastering the various editing tools that come with your iPhone or iPad will help you explore new possibilities with your videos. The process is the same whether you are using iOS 13 or the newly released iOS 14..
How to trim video
The first thing to do when editing a video is to cut it to a reasonable size and trim the parts you don’t want in the final film. IOS trimmers are bare-bones, in that you can only trim from beginning or end, unlike some dedicated video apps that let you cut and split frames from anywhere in the sequence. However, for a quick video, the trimmer is very easy to use and can be accessed via the photo application Edit Mode.
- Choose a video from your photo app.
- Tap Edit At the top right of the screen.
- In edit mode, tap on the camera icon below to access the trimming tool.
- Tap to the left or right of the timeline to see the yellow trimmer and its anchor.
- Drag the anchor left or right to trim from the beginning or end of the movie.
- Tap the sound icon in the top left to turn the sound on or off.
- Choose either Save video or Save Video as New Clip.
- Tap done Below the window (iOS 13) or to the bottom right of the window (iOS 14).
How to Crop, Straighten, Flip, and Rotate
You can make several adjustments on your subject, including cropping the video to zero. You can also straighten out the landscape, rotate the video, and fix both horizontal and vertical alignment. At the top of the screen, a flip and rotate tool are also available. Say you shot a vertical video that you would love to see in a more traditional landscape orientation – you can rotate it and adjust the alignment accordingly. The straight cycle is the first one in the sequence, and probably the one you will use the most. Horizontal or vertical alignments are also available if you need to adjust orientation or angle.
- Within your chosen video, tap Edit At the top right of the screen.
- Tap the crop icon.
- To crop, simply grab a corner and adjust the view in any way by rotating your finger.
- With your finger, choose Straighten, Horizontal, or Stand To align your video properly.
- To change the size in real time, rotate your finger left or right.
- If necessary, select the flip icon in the top left to flip your video.
- If necessary, select the rotate icon in the top left to rotate your video.
- Tap done.
The cropping tool lets you change the aspect ratio of a video to some pre-defined size, including square, 16: 9, 5: 7, 3: 4, 2: 3, or freeform. The device, at the top right of the screen, is highlighted in yellow when selected.
How to apply the adjustment
The adjustment tool is perhaps the most useful of iOS video editing capabilities in the Photos app. Here, you can fine-tune your video like a photo. You get controls for exposure, highlights, shadows, contrast, brightness, black point, saturation, vibration, warmth, tint, sharpness definition, noise reduction, and vignette. You can customize each adjustment with the bottom dial.
- Tap the Adjustment icon.
- Select the tool you need.
- Scroll left and right to select the intensity of the effect.
- Tap done.
How to use filter
The Filters tool is the third option in the row of canvas icons at the bottom of the editing interface of the iPhone or on the left side of the iPad. It gives you many pleasing Instagram-like filters that you can apply to your videos, such as Fiery (Hot and cold), Theatrical (Hot and cold), Mono, Silver color, And Noir. Within each choice, you can dial up or down to control how accurately your film looks. This special effect is useful to give your video some extra visual punch, but it is not necessary for all videos.
If you’re familiar with editing photos on an iPhone or iPad, it would be a breeze to get started with the original video editor for iOS 13 or iOS 14. Although the built-in device does not offer the comprehensive capabilities of more advanced standalone apps, it gives you plenty of control for the most important adjustments you’ll need to make your videos stylish and attractive.