How to Edit Videos on Your iPhone or iPad

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Editing and sharing videos directly from your iPhone or iPad is easier than ever. In iOS 13, Apple has added a range of new video editing tools. You can now crop, rotate, and perform other video editing actions without a third-party app.

How to cut videos on iPhone or iPad

One of the most basic edits you can make is cropping a video. While you can trim before sharing in some apps, like Instagram, you can also easily cut it in the Photos app.

Follow these steps to trim your video:

Select the video you want to trim.
Tap “Edit” in the lower right corner.
You should now see a Play button and the timeline for the video. Use the left arrow to change the start point of the video or the right arrow to change the end point of the video.
Press the Play button to preview your changes.
When you are satisfied with your changes, press “Done” and then choose “Save Video” or “Save Video as New Clip” to duplicate.

The video editing menu in the iOS Photos app.

Video editing in iOS is not destructive, which means that if you choose “Record Video”, you will definitely not lose any footage. At any time, you can re-edit the video to include the footage 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 video orientation. Now in iOS 13 you can crop and rotate your videos.

Follow these steps to rotate a video:

Select the video you want to rotate or crop.
Tap “Edit” in the lower right corner.
At the bottom of the screen, tap the Rotate / Crop icon (see image below).
In the upper left corner, tap the 90 Degree Rotation icon (the box with an arrow above). Press the button as many times as necessary until you find the right aspect ratio.
Tap “Done” in the lower right corner to finalize your change.

Tap the Rotate / Crop icon.

How to merge videos on iPhone or iPad

You will need a third party application to merge videos on your iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, Apple offers iMovie for free, making it easy to merge two or more videos into a completed production.

Follow these steps to merge two or more videos:

Download iMovie for free on your iPhone or iPad.
Launch iMovie, and you will see the “Projects” screen. Tap the plus sign (+) to start a new project, then tap “Movie” when prompted.
Select the videos you want to merge (you can add more later). Grab the edges of each video to trim clips directly from this screen.
With your clips selected, press “Create Movie” at the bottom.

Your selected clips are placed on a video timeline one after the other. To cut them, tap on your videos to select them, grab the edges of each frame, then drag them down to size them.

The video editing screen in iMovie for iOS.

If you want to rearrange your videos, long press one until it floats. Then drag it left or right to move it back or forward on the timeline. Release it in front of another clip to place it after this clip.

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

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

Tap “Done” in the upper left corner.
Press the Play button to preview your project, then press the Share button to export it.
Use the app icons to choose where you want to share your video, or tap “Save Video” to export it directly to Photos.

Tap the Share button to export your video.

How to apply and remove video filters

Just like you can with photos, you can shoot videos with filters in the native iOS app. Like photos, videos you shoot with a filter are not destructive, which means you can change or delete the filter at any time.

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

Select the video to which you want to apply a filter.
Tap “Edit” in the lower right corner.
At the bottom of the screen, tap the Filters icon (see image below).
Scroll to preview the filters, then select one or choose “Original” to remove all filters.
Press “Done” at the bottom right and wait for your filter to apply.

Tap the Filters icon.

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

How to adjust video exposure, contrast and more

You can also now adjust various image settings on videos in iOS 13, just as you can with photos. IPhone and iPad owners now have access to a full range of editing tools, including auto enhancement. These changes are also non-destructive, so you can reverse them in the future.

Follow these steps to adjust exposure, contrast and more than one video:

Select the video you want to edit.
Tap “Edit” in the lower right corner.
At the bottom, tap the Settings icon (see image below).
Scroll through the various attributes of the image and move the cursor to adjust the image.
When you are satisfied with your changes, press “Done”.

Tap the Settings icon.

You can adjust all of the following parameters:

Exposure
Strong points
Shadows
Contrast
Brightness
Black dot
Saturation
Vibrance
Heat
Tint
Acuity
Definition
Noise reduction
Thumbnail

The best way to learn what each of these settings do is to play and experiment with them.

How to restore a video to its original state

You can restore a video or photo to its original state by tapping the Photos app. To do this, you just need to find the edited video, tap “Edit” in the lower right corner, then tap “Revert”.

It works for photos and videos. It cancels the cropping, filters, image adjustments, rotation or cropping you have applied.

Create richer trailers and productions with iMovie

iMovie is Apple’s free video editing app for consumers. It allows you to “linear edit”, which means editing video in a single track (rather than 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 voiceover, film a video directly on the timeline or import other files from your file system or iCloud.

When you start an iMovie project for the first time, press “Movie” for regular projects or “Trailer” to create an automated video in the style of a movie trailer.

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

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

Take publishing to the next level with Lumafusion

iMovie is useful but limited. Since Apple hasn’t released a version of its professional video editing app, Final Cut, for iOS, it’s up to third-party developers to fill the void.

Lumafusion is currently the best professional video editing app for iPhone and iPad. It gives you six tracks for audio and video, and six more for other audio, including music, voiceovers, and sound effects.

This application contains the following features which are normally only available in professional editors:

Markers
The ability to link or ungroup clips
Keyframes for audio levels and panning
Audio filters and equalization
Effects overlay
The ability to copy and paste clip attributes
Custom aspect reports
A wide range of supported frame rates

You can receive Lumafusion for $ 29.99 in the App Store, which might seem expensive for an iOS app. However, it’s a good deal compared to professional video editing software, like Final Cut Pro X on a Mac ($ 299.99) or a Adobe Premiere Pro subscription (approximately $ 240 per year).

If you want to get the most out of your device’s video shooting capabilities, see FiLMiC Pro.

Film, edit, share

It is more and more common for video professionals, journalists and amateur filmmakers to shoot, edit and share their projects from a single device. If you go this route, your main hurdles are probably battery life and disk space.

Be sure to plug into an outlet if you want to edit a video. To resolve space issues, you may want to upgrade your iCloud storage plan, so you can activate the iCloud photo library. This dumps your entire media library to the cloud, but you’ll need a reliable internet connection if you want to use the videos stored online in your projects.

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