How to create a video project using the Apple clips app

How to Create an Apple Clips App video Project:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for May 18, 2020

Steps To Create An Apple Clips Project

With the Clips app, you can record video and add animated captions to your video while recording. You can also combine multiple video clips and still photos to make a single continuous video, then add effects such as filters, emoji’s, and music.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

If you are blind and want to create a Clips project:  You can have a lot of fun with this app with VoiceOver.

There is a learning curve, and you will need to practice making video projects.

An Overview of Clips:

Clips is designed primarily to let you make short but stunning video projects. Use Clips to document student responses to experiments, projects, and more. Conduct short interviews and combine them into one video. Demonstrate or teach, by providing video instructions and demos, and much more. Enhance your video with photos, background music, and effects. Add posters, emoji, and other fun stickers to your project. Add your voice, or other background audio, to any video, photo, poster, or scene, and even use Live Titles to provide on-screen text for everything that is spoken, even in multiple languages. Share your completed Clips projects with your family, friends, students, teachers, or co-workers through Messages, Mail, iCloud Photos, and more, or tell the world by sharing to YouTube or various social media platforms.

The entire basis of the Clips app, as its name suggests, is the clip. A clip can be any photo or video from your Photo Library, any poster, or even a live video recording, that you use in your project. Exactly how long the clip appears in your project is determined by how long you hold down the red button in the app, often called, “Record” or “Insert”. With Clips, you do not need to work with complex story boards and timelines. Rather, if you want viewers of your video to see a photo or poster for 10 seconds, you simply need to hold down the red Insert button for ten seconds. Want Spoken audio to play along with the photo or poster? Simply speak as you hold down the button. It’s as simple as that.

The nature of the Clips app tends to make it most ideal for short, simple video projects. For more complex projects, we suggest you try Apple’s iMovie app, also free, or purchase LumaFusion from the App Store for even more advanced editing features.

Getting Started with Clips:

Please note that Clips is a Portrait only app. Even if you are using your iPad in Landscape Mode, you will need to operate in Portrait mode, with the Home Button and charge port at the bottom of the iPad, while using this app.

When you open the Apple Clips App for the first time, there is a video in the beginning of the app with no sound. Once you double-tap get started, VoiceOver will work well.

At this point, you are usually brought into a new project in Clips. Remember that every project can consist of multiple clips. To access existing Clips projects, tap the Show Projects button. This brings you to the Projects Library. From here, you can tap on any project to select it, then choose to play it, share it, or delete it. If you wish to continue working on the project, you can also open it after selecting it. From the Projects Library, you can also create new projects.

Don’t see the project you’re looking for in your Projects Library? Try swiping left to reveal more projects. Did you create the project on another device? Make sure both devices are signed into the same iCloud account.

Since Clips does use iCloud, all projects you create will be available on all your devices, and all edits will be reflected across all your devices, as long as they are signed into the same Apple account. This setting is turned on by default, but you can verify it by going to Settings>Your Name>iCloud, then looking under the heading, “Apps Using iCloud”, and making sure that Clips is turned on.

When you first open a new Clips project, the recording options will be selected. If you would rather insert an existing photo or video as the first clip in the project, tap Library to access your existing photos and videos. You can also tap any one of the other options, such as Posters, if this is what you want for your first clip.

To Record a new video clip, meaning you will use your device cameras to record a video directly into the Clips project:

1.  Open the Clips app. Be sure you are in the desired project, or tap the Show Projects button  in the upper-left corner, then either tap on an existing project, or tap Create New.

2.  Be sure the desired camera is selected. For example, if you are recording yourself, you will likely want to use the front-facing camera, whereas recording video of people and objects around you may be best suited for the back camera. If the camera you want is not selected, tap the Camera Chooser button to change it. You can also instantly take a still picture if you so desire by tapping the Shutter button, called “Take Picture” for VO users.

3.  To start recording, hold the red record button, referred to by Voiceover as, “Hold to Record Video”.

4.  To stop recording, let go of the record button.

Voiceover users: remember that you will need to perform a double-tap and hold gesture on the Record button to begin recording, then lift your finger to stop.

If you wish to have what you say during the recording displayed on screen along with the video, first turn on Live Titles, before you begin to record. To do this, tap the Live Titles button, tap the desired caption style to select it, then tap Close. This way, what you say will also appear as written text. Live Titles are supported in a variety of languages.

You can keep recording new clips, one after the other, to make a video. When you add a clip to a project, the new clip appears after the previous clip in the timeline. When you play back the video, it plays all the clips in the order they appear in the project.

To add existing photos or videos from your Photos App:

1.  Tap Library to access your existing photos and videos.

2.  Tap an existing photo or video. If you use iCloud Photos, you may need to wait a few moments for the desired content to download.

3.  If you are inserting a video, and you wish to insert the entire video, or if you wish to insert a portion of that video starting from the beginning of the video, skip to step 4. Otherwise, locate the Audio Play button, visually a playback controls button, and tap it. This will start the video playing, but will not insert it into the project. Play the video until you reach the position where you would like it to start in your project, then tap the button again to pause playback.

4.  Hold the red button, now referred to by Voiceover as, “Hold to Insert Photo/Video”, for the amount of time that you want the photo or video to appear. For example, if you select a photo and hold the record button  for three seconds, the photo will appear in your video for three seconds. And if you select an existing video in your library and hold the record button  for five seconds, the first five seconds, or five seconds starting where you initially paused video playback in step 3 above, will appear in your video project.

If you speak while holding down the red Insert button for a photo or video, your voice, along with any other audio around you, gets inserted along with the photo or video clip. For example, if you were inserting a picture of your new puppy, you could hold down the red button for 10 seconds while saying, “This is my new puppy. She’s very cute.”

To have your spoken audio displayed as text along with the clip, turn on Live Titles, before you choose Library and select your desired photo or video. Live Titles are supported in multiple languages, and pertain to what you said while recording/inserting, not to what may have been said in the audio of an existing video you inserted.

Take your project to new levels of awesome with music, posters, effects, stickers, and much more. Tap on Music, then choose from one of the royalty-free soundtracks included in the Clips app, or choose purchased music from your Music Library, then tap Done or Close. The music plays in the background of the entire project.

Tap Posters to choose from a variety of animated greeting cards, themed seasonal greetings, and more. Voiceover users may wish to use Heading navigation to move quickly between the headings of Basic, Photographic, Occasions, and Vintage. Tap a poster to select it. Once you select the desired poster, tap and hold the red button, now called “Hold to Add the Selected Poster” for VO users. Note that many posters do feature animations, so it’s a good idea to hold down the Insert button for at least ten to 15 seconds to give the entire animation a chance to play.

Tap the Effects button, then choose Text, Stickers, Filters, and Emoji, and select the desired effect, type the text you wish to appear if you selected a text label or effect, then tap the Close button. Effects should appear on the selected clip, or on the next clip you record/insert.

When you are ready to play your project, tap the Play button within the project, or from the Projects Library, tap a project to select it, then tap Play. When working in an open project, you may play individual clips and perform other actions on any clip. Tap a clip in the Timeline to select it, then choose to Play, Share, duplicate, Trim, or Delete the clip. You can also rearrange clips by dragging them.

To Share your video project from the Projects Library:

Tap a project to select it. If you don’t see the project you are looking for, swipe left to see more projects.

Tap the share button , then choose how you want to share the video project from the options in the Share Sheet.

Most options, such as Messages, Mail, YouTube, and so on, will export the project to a video file suitable for playback on any Apple device, and many other devices, and will then share the resulting video file – not the Clips project. If you wish to save the actual project file, choose Save Project, or Export Project.

To delete or re-name your video project:

From the Projects Library, tap a project to select it. Tap the Project Options button , then tap Delete, rename, or duplicate project.

Other Tips:

If you plan to record longer videos, or to insert longer clips, you can lock the Record/Insert button. To do this, tap and hold the Red button, then swipe up. For Voiceover users, double-tap and hold, then swipe up. Now, you can lift your finger, and the insertion or recording will continue. Tap the button again (double-tap for VO users) to stop.

If you are a Voiceover user, you may wish to consider using AirPods or other headphones if you plan to Lock the Record button, so views of the video will not hear Voiceover audio in the video.

While recording or inserting clips, consider turning on Do Not Disturb, so recording an insertion are not interrupted.

If you will be relying on other people to provide you with video or photos for your project in a remote setting, consider creating a shared iCloud folder or a shared iCloud Photo Album. Then, ask each contributor to provide the necessary content by saving it to the shared album or shared folder. At that point, you can add the content to your own photo library if necessary, perhaps in an album you create specifically for this project. From there you can import such content into Clips as described above.

For more information on using Clips, visit the Apple Clips Site at:

Clips – Official Apple Support

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