Apple Clips Review: The Best and Worst of Apple

Janie Parker
April 9, 2017

In the soundtrack section of your app, you'll find a list of songs and majority have to be downloaded before adding them to your videos.

Apple has recently unveiled Clips.

In Clips, you can only record square videos, but you can take pics or record videos outside the app and then import them.

With viewfinder in the middle of the display area the bottom bit looks familiar to the default iOS Camera app. Once the text is edited tap the Apply button in the upper right-hand corner to save your changes. It will come with various filters and fun effects which we can only imagine is Apple's answer to apps like Snapchat or Instagram. If you insert a video, you can set the in point to begin where you want to record, and mute the video's original audio if you wish to do so.

Apple today released "Clips", a new app that's designed to make it easy to create short videos that can be easily shared via Messages and social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

When you've selected one, you can hold down the red record button and speak over the top of the video. According to Apple, Live Titles supports 36 different languages. What makes this cool is that they appear at the same rate as your speech - pause and they will appear on a new line. You can also reorder your clips when making a movie.

There are eight filters altogether, but Ink and Comic Book appear to be the most used filters. Clips is created to be a quick-fire video editor for those who want to avoid the time constraints and detail that iMovie offers as an editing suite. Can you see yourself using Clips?

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You find a bunch of ending frames, from the prosaic "The End" to "Hello". Every bit of text can be changed and even emojis can be easily swapped out by tapping on the emoji on-screen and then tapping again to access your emoji keyboard.

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Tap this and you can select from Apple's own soundtracks or use your own music. Clips doesn't work natively with Snap. You do need an Adobe ID (which is free) to use the app, and direct social sharing is limited to Facebook and YouTube, though you can save your work first to get it into your other social apps. But with Apple's developer conference, where the company typically announces the next version of iOS and macOS, just a couple of months away, it's hard not to read into this new approach to the share sheet. We have some video-making apps that can be used to get desired results without much strain (and yes, Android users can take part in it too). It typically contains app icons and shortcuts for specific functions within apps, such as "Save to Dropbox".

Apple has included a few speech bubbles, arrows and logos you can put over the top of your images.

If Quik is too simple and LumaFX too complex, than one of the best mobile video editors for you might be FilmoraGo. To edit length just tap the scissors tool.

Turn on Live Titles as you're speaking to automatically translate your words to text. While Lifehacker found the UI confusing, Engadget described video creation with Clips as a "cinch". Clips users can also include music tracks from their library, or use the in-built ones.

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