New Movie App for iOS

Have you checked out the new Clips app for iPhones and iPads? It could also be called iMovie Made Easy. It isn’t a “full-featured” movie editor, but rather a quick and easy way to capture and share a moment. Using Clips you can record video clips and combine them with still photos, music, titles and captions. There are simple editing tools and a number of ways to share including iMessages, Facebook, Instagram and other social network sites.

The Clips app is free, but you will need a 64-bit device (iPhone 5s or later, iPad Mini 2 or later, iPad Air and iPad Pro) updated to iOS 10.3 or later to use it.

With Clips you can shoot live video and/or photos or add them from your library. Add emoji, animated speech bubbles, banners and arrows along with background music. It’s quick and fun.

I discovered this app just as we were beginning our month-long, cross-country drive. I thought it would be just the thing to document our trip. This is one of the first projects made with Clips. It is quick and easy, but taking photos and video in a moving car can be a challenge. At the time, I was unaware of the Mute button so the background “music” is a bit strange and I also caught a lot of glare from the windshield.

When you first look at the app, there are very few controls visible and almost no instructions. Recently I found a delightful Clips Guide at iGeeksBlog. A copy of this guide is now stored in my Instapaper library for easy reference. After reading the guide, I am amazed with all this app can do. It will take some more experimenting to get more comfortable with the app, but it won’t be long before it’s my favorite storytelling tool.


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