How to Use Clips App

Last updated on April 11, 2017 by

Excitingly, Apple released an amazing video app called Clips just a few days ago. Basically, it is a video capturing and editing app to make fun and cool videos. You can add text, effects, music, graphics, emoji and more to the video clips. Furthermore, it has many wonderful features to explore. For example, it can turn the words you say into captions, freely move the clip around, and smartly recommend the contacts for sharing.

Even with so many functions, it is a very handy app. One can learn how it works within a short time. But in case you don’t want to waste such a time to figure it out by yourself, I will give you a rather comprehensive introduction on how to use Clips app. Hopefully, you can learn all the tricks you need to make a fantastic video so that you can share the Clips video with others.

Tips on How to Use Clips App

How to take a Clips video?

To capture a Clips video is quite simple, you only need to tap the “HOLD TO RECORD” button and it will begin to shoot the video. You can hold the button for as long as you like. But if you are making a long video, this way will be tiresome. One trick is that you hold the right side of the button and slide to the left side until you see a lock icon. Then you can release your finger without stopping the shooting. Tap the button again to stop it.

Take Video with Clips

How to choose videos/photos from Photo Library?

Apart from taking videos/photos using the app, you can also choose videos/photos from the Photo Library. Just tap the “LIBRARY” button above the “HOLD TO RECORD” button, and then you can choose one video or photo from the Library. You can also tap “Albums” at the upper right corner to search for more.

Choose Library in Clips

How to add text to a Clips video?

There are two ways that you can use to add text to the video. One is that you talk while taking the video, and the other one is to manually enter the captions by yourself.

For the first way, you need to tap the first button at the top and choose the style for the captions. You can do this before you begin the shooting or after it. One difference is that if you choose it beforehand, the words will show up at the same time you speak. And if you find the captions are not exactly what you said, which may happen from time to time, you can tap the words and manually correct them.

Talk when recording in Clips

For the second way, you choose one video clip, tap the third button at the top, choose one style with words and it will be added to the clip. Then tap the words to change them. After that, tap “Apply” at the right corner. But note that it will exist during the whole clip.

Add text in Clips

How to add filter to a Clips video?

You can add special effects to the videos to make them look nicer. The process is very easy. You just need to tap the second button on top before or after you take the video. Currently, there are a couple of filters you can choose from, including Noir, Instant, Transfer, Fade, Comic Book, Ink and Chrome.

Add filter in Clips

How to add graphics and emoji to a Clips video?

Interesting graphics and emoji can make the video funnier. Tap the third button at the top and you will see all the available graphics. Slide to the right side and find the suitable emoji. After you add one to the video, you can hold it to move it to the place you want, rotate it or even zoom in or out with your fingers. What’s more, you can add them before or after you record the video. For now, there are not many options. Hopefully, Apple will add more. But you can add one and then double tap it to change it to the default emoji of your iPhone.

Add Graphics and Emoji in Clips

How to add templates to a Clips video?

Tap the fourth button at the top. All the templates are displayed. Choose one and it will be downloaded to your phone. Then you can tap the words to change them, tap “Apply”. Lastly, hold the “HOLD TO RECORD” button to add it to the video.

Add Template in Clips

How to add music to a Clips video?

A great background music is a must to make a great video. To add it, simply tap the music button at the upper right corner. There, you can choose the music either from Soundtracks, which you need to download from the cloud server, or from My Music. Afterward, tap “Done” at the upper right corner. You can also use this way to turn off the background music.

Add music in Clips

The volume of the music can automatically adjust itself. When the video clip contains your talking, the volume will be lower. If the video clip itself doesn’t have any sound, the music will be louder.

How to cut a Clips video?

If you think one clip is too long, you can choose it and tap the scissors icon. Drag the edges of the video and drop them to the right time point. Then tap “Apply” at the bottom. Amazingly, even after you have applied the changes to the video clip, you can still go back to the original clip by going through the same process above.

Cut video in Clips

How to move a Clips video?

Sometimes, when you put several clips together to make a video, you may find some clips are not in the right order. It is very easy to move a clip, you only need to tap it and move it to the place you like.

Move clip in Clips

How to delete a Clips video?

If you want to delete a clip, just choose it and tap the trash icon. Then tap “Delete Clip”.

Delete clip in Clips

If you want to delete the whole video, tap the “˅” button at the left upper corner, long press the video until you see a “X” icon on top. Tap the icon and choose “Delete Video”.

Delete video in Clips

How to mute the voice of a Clips video?

If you don’t want to record the voice in the video, you can either tap the microphone button to turn it off before you capture the video, or choose the recorded video and tap the voice button to mute the recorded voice.

Mute voice in Clips

How to save a Clips video?

Once you finish all the editing process, you will need to save the clips or the whole video to the phone.

To save one clip, you only need to choose that specific clip and tap the download icon at the upper right corner. However, it will only save the original video without any effects or added graphics, emoji, etc.

Save clip in Clips

To save the whole video is a little complicated. You need to tap the “˅” button at the left upper corner, choose the video, tap the share button at the bottom and choose “Save Video”.

Save video in Clips

All the saved videos or clips will be stored in the Camera Roll.

How to share a Clips video?

Once you have made a wonderful video, why not sharing with others immediately? Tap the “˅” button at the left upper corner, select a finished video and tap the share button at the bottom. Then you can freely choose to share it to YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, or a person in your Contact. It’s worth mentioning that this app can identify who’s in your video and who you share with most often, and list their names for you to choose.

Share video in Clips

That’s all the tricks you need to know to use Clips app. Now, make a cool video by yourself and show if off!

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Posted by: on April 8, 2017 to Tips and Resources, Follow me on Twitter. Last updated on April 11, 2017

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