Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple's Clips video app is pretty much iMovie for millennials

Apple's Clips video app is pretty much iMovie for millennials

Clips is now available for download from the App Store. There's at least one element of the app that feels like it could use a whole redesign, and the question still remains as to whether this app is one that iPhone (and iPad) users will feel compelled to use before they use their favorite social apps.

Despite that, making Clips is easy, especially if you ignore Live Titles.

Like other mobile video editing apps, users will be able to record video or take photos from within the app, and then stylize them with text, filters, speech bubbles, and emoji. But overall, this is a kind of next-generation iMovie that I'm willing to bet a healthy portion of Apple's user base will be happy to use. If you don't want to record a new video or photo, you can also pull in existing content from your iPhone's library.

Clips is available on the App Store now, and you can head to the product's official website to get the highlights of how it works. It's clearly made for an era in which people often watch videos on their phone with the sound off.

Is it Apple Clips compatible with Android? If you want to mute your voice in a video, you have to tap a mic button. Adding music can be done with the music icon on the far right of the app, and there are many built-in background music options in a variety of genres, or you can use your own music. These features are reminiscent of Snapchat. "Live Titles let you easily create animated captions and titles - just by talking", per Apple's official description. Selecting the "Live Titles" button will allow users to talk out subtitles and the app will transcribe what you say.

You can share your videos on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. And iMessage is supposed to be slightly optimized for this.

Apps like Snapchat and Instagram have already popularized the idea of sprinkling emoji, stickers, and text over photos. The app also includes a Smart Suggestions feature that uses facial recognition from Photos to suggest who you might be in your videos, and you can share your creations with those people via Messages. To trim videos with Clips just drag the bar, similar to how you edit on Instagram.

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