“Clips” is a relatively new, free iOS app which brings video creation to another level. You can import images and videos, then add special effects like filters, labels, stickers, and even emojis. There are cool animated graphics and transitions and a special voice-to-text feature that turns into a rolling scroll on your screen. You can add your own music, or choose from 70 different free soundtracks in the app. With Clips, you and your students can create fun, engaging, and memorable videos like never before! Below is a video I created as an idea for your students to share a little about their homes and neighbourhoods. (Alternatively, they could do a school tour with the same idea.) Or, click here for a quick student video called “My favourite things”.
Here’s a quick tutorial:
Here’s an example I made about my neighbourhood:
Click here for a step-by-step document tutorial for a project “All About Me”.
Here are some tips and tricks I learned through much trial and error.
- You can take photos/videos within the Clips app, or use your camera app and upload to Clips later. (I recommend recording the videos in the Clip app because then you can use the voice to rolling text feature.)
- If you use the Clips app to take photos/videos, I recommend saving the clips to your camera roll in case you delete it by mistake (tap on clip in timeline, then tap “Save Clip”.)
- All media has to be at least 1 second long.
- Videos you take within the Clips app automatically go into your timeline, but not photos. To add a photo to your project, you need to hold the pink button down. This is called “Recording the photo”. (You can also adjust the duration of the photo by tapping “Trim”.) Note that you need to record a photo for at least one second before it will insert into your timeline.
- Videos that you import from your library have to be “recorded” into your timeline like you do for photos. (However, you will not be able to hear the original audio of the video while you are recording it. You will be able to hear it after you finish recording). Note also that you will not be able to use the Live Titles option with videos imported from your library.
- You cannot add a voiceover to a photo or video after you have added it to your timeline. So you will have to delete the clip and add it again if you want to add your voice. To be safe, tap clip, then “Save clip” (you might have to scroll to the right to find it) then tap the clip in your timeline and tap garbage can > Delete clip > Done. Now tap Library > Tap your media and hold pink button to record your voice and put the clip back in your timeline. (NOTE: If you want to delete the original sound on a video, tap “Mute” > Mute original video.) Drag your media to the spot you want it to go in your timeline.
- If you don’t want to keep your finger on the pink button while you’re recording, swipe up until it turns into a square then tap the square when you’re done.
- To add text, tap the star (effects) button > Labels > Choose a label and tap on it to edit it.
- You can add effects/live titles to photos and videos before or after you record them onto the timeline (but you must tap on the clip in the timeline if you do it after).
- To edit a live title, tap on the clip in the timeline, then tap “Live titles”.
- Make sure to tap the “Done” button whenever you add/change something or you will lose your changes.
- If you want to splice a video to delete, say, the middle of it, make sure it’s on your camera roll (tap “save clip” if you shot the video from the app)> Library > tap video > start recording (tap and hold pink button) > take finger off record button and push the video line to the left in the viewer to where you want the video to continue. Tap and hold pink button again.
- There are no time-lapse or slo-mo options within the app. You must use the camera app, then import into your project.
- To make a label disappear and then add another label on the same video clip or photo (like I did in my house tour video above), there are a few ways to do this. 1) You can record the video/photo live in the app, pausing the recording each time to add a label and then recommencing the recording. 2) You can record the video/photo live in the app, pausing where you want a label to go, continue the recording and pause again where you want a label to go, etc. You can add the labels later since you have sectioned your video/photo by stopping and starting the recording. 3) You can add labels to a video/photo you have already taken but only if you import the clip from your library so make sure it’s saved there if it’s not already (see #7 above). Now: Library > choose clip. Start recording your video/photo then stop recording and add your first label. Continue recording and stop recording, delete the label, and add another label, and continue recording until you get to the end of the clip.(Thanks Bethany Nugent for helping me with that tip!) Unfortunately, you will not be able to hear the audio when you record video this way (but you will be able to hear it after). Note also that when you import media from your camera roll, it automatically goes at the end of your timeline. So when you add sequential labels like this, you end up with multiple clips which you then need to drag, individually, onto your timeline where you want them (it’s a pain).
- To duplicate a clip, tap and hold on the clip in the viewer (large screen), tap “Copy” then “Done”, then tap and hold the viewer again > then paste. Remember, you have to tap the pink button to record the photo to add to your timeline. You will find the duplicated clip at the end of your timeline. Tap and drag it to where you want it to go.
- You can zoom into a photo or video while you are recording to your timeline by using a reverse-pinch gesture on the viewer. Use the record-lock feature (#6 above) to make this easier to do while recording. You can also pan across a photo this way.
- Note that some of the music clips are short and may end sooner than your video, then loop up again which may result in an awkward silent moment in the middle of your video. If this is the case, search around for a music clip that is longer to match the length of your video. Note also that you cannot alter the volume of the music clip. However, the music automatically ducks so that you can hear the audio of the original video.
Do you have any “Clips” tips and tricks to add? Please add them with a comment below. Have fun with “Clips”!
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This was so helpful to me when I tried out Clips today. Particularly tip 14! Thanks
You’re very welcome, Rachel, tip 14 is particularly challenging. I would love to see what you created!
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This was very helpful for me to organize a training session on this app! You have hit all the features in a fabulous manner in your tutorial video!! I am anxious to see how the teachers respond.
On a personal note, I was in Toronto on Canada Day this year after visiting Niagara Falls for a few days. I was absolutely amazed at all the buildings! It was fun to see your neighborhood CLIPS example recognizing some off the places I saw while there. I even remember seeing your building!
Thank you for these great examples!