A beginner’s guide to using Apple’s new app: Clips

Coming soon to the App Store, here’s everything you need to know about Clips.

April 6, 2017

It’s your best friend’s birthday. You still call this person your best friend but you guys haven’t met in a year or more. You miss this person and the whole gang. Suddenly, you think of a great idea: a video montage of the gang wishing this person while doing something silly. 

But you’re not a video editor. You could be proactive and go through hours upon hours of YouTube tutorials to learn the craft overnight, but that’s too little notice. Plus, you’d have to first download some kind of video editing software. Besides the fact that those things don't come cheap, you don’t have that much time during the day, do you? 

Well, Clips by Apple is here to help with that dilemma.

So it’s a video-editing app?
Yes, it is. 

But then how is it different from iMovie?
Well, iMovie has a steeper learning curve than Clips. Plus, Clips has filters, emojis, animated text and something Live Titles. 

Ok, wait. One thing at a time. You say Clips’ learning curve isn’t steep. How?
You just need to hold down the red button on the screen to start recording a new video. 

What if I don’t want to keep my thumb on the screen for that long?
You can hold down the red button and then slide to the left. This will lock it and Clips will continue to record until you tap the red button. 

Hmm… what if I can’t record something live but have something cool in my video library?
In that case, tap the library option and tap the image or video you want to import into Clips. After you make your selection, hold down the red button to import as much of that clip as you want. 

What if I want to edit the clip?
Select the clip you want to edit from the bottom of your screen, tap on it and use the video scrubbers (those slide-like things at the start and end of your clip) to edit. 

What if I suddenly decide I’m not happy with the order of the movie?
We’ve got your back, Christopher Nolan. Simply tap and hold a clip from the bottom of your screen and then move it around to rearrange the sequence. 

Well, all this is cool but it still feels... basic.
Well you asked us to go slow, didn’t you?

Fine. What’s so great about Clips?
For starters, you can add filters to your whole movie or single video clip. We’re partial to the ‘Comic Book’ and ‘Ink’ filters. You can also add emojis, speech bubbles and banners with just a couple of taps. 

That’s cool! So it’s like an iMovie meets Snapchat kind of app?
In a sense. Unlike Snapchat though, it’s not a social network in itself. This gives you the freedom to share your clips on any social media channel or save it on your device for #ThrowbackThursday. 

Can it do anything else?
Yes, it can. Clips introduces us to Live Titles. 

What’s that?
Live Titles are essentially subtitles for your clip. When enabled, your iPhone’s microphone uses speech recognition to provide a subtitle effect for your video. Captions are generated automatically as you speak and match the timing of your voiceover. You can even choose from seven different Live Title styles.  

Woah!
There’s more. You can edit your Live Titles in case you’re a grammar Nazi. Moreover, once you’re done, Clips suggests people you could share the video with – suggestions are based on who is mentioned in your voiceover or included in photos.

That’s next level stuff. What if I don’t speak English?
That’s okay. Clips works with Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish (Latin Am), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese. 

Alright alright alright! How do I get it?
It's coming soon to the App Store. Stay tuned..

We even got to try it out before anyone else. Check it out:

I got to play around with #AppleClips a while ago. #LoveIt #ZacEfornForEDGARME

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