How to use Apple's new Clips app for iPhone and iPad — and make all your social and shared videos faster and more easily than ever.

It's Mother's Day in many countries around the world. So, what if you blanked on getting the perfect gift or simply want to add something with a little more life and love than a Hallmark card? That's what Clips is for. With it, you can make a special message just for Mom, and either send it right to her with iMessage or post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for the world to see. Here's how!


Years ago Apple rebooted iMovie to better fit the modern era of video recording and editing. But in technology, years ago might as well be an eternity. So, now, Apple has started over again with an all-new, all-modern video editing and sharing app — Clips. It's not meant to make the next award-winning indie movie. It's meant to let you quickly and easily slap together social video to share with your friends and networks. In other words, it's meant to make your Snapchat, Instagram, and iMessage extra lit.

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How to take and edit video and photos in the Clips app

Clips is Apple's fun new video editing app for iPhone and iPad. With it you can quickly and cooly add video, photos, subtitles, effects, title cards, and music, and share it with your contacts and social networks. To do that, you first need to get all the videos and photos into Clips. Here's how!

How to record and edit Live Titles in the Clips app

How to add and edit Live Titles in the Clips app

Silent movies gave way to DOLBY ATMOS, but thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and the like — and our desire to browse 'em in bed while others are sleeping! — silent video has made a comeback. That's also pushed subtitles out of the options drawer and made them default. With Clips, you don't have to manually or tediously add them to your video. All you have to do is talk. Live Titles takes care of the rest!

How to add filters and effects in the Clips app

How to add filters and effects in the Clips app

Clips wouldn't be a modern social video app if it didn't include filters and effects. Sure, what you shoot might look totally gorgeous au naturel. But, if you want to cover any flaws or just add some fun, you can hit the filters, add the effects, and take your Clips to the next level.

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How to add and edit Title Cards in the Clips app

How to add and edit Title Cards in the Clips app

Just like social has brought back silent cinema, it's also made the Title Card popular again. Title cards are fun, animated backgrounds and text you can add to your videos. "The End" is probably the most famous example of a classic title card, but you can use them for intros, transitions — anything you want. If captions are a whisper, Title Cards are SHOUT! Apple's built Title Cards right into the new Clips app for iPhone and iPad — but use their attention-grabbing power wisely!

How to add and edit overlays and emoji in the Clips app

Where would our snappy and instant candids be without word bubbles, comic callouts, time and location stamps, and even emoji to cover up what's best left unseen? Apple's new video app, Clips lets you add just such overlays to your video. They're not very elaborate yet, but several of them are elegantly animated and can definitely ramp up the fun factor.

How to add soundtracks and music to the Clips app

How to add soundtracks and music to the Clips app

Apple's new video app, Clips, might have Live Titles for social, but that doesn't mean you can't add music as well. There are dozens of soundtracks included — including an action track by Hans Zimmer! — and you can choose from your own library as well.

How to save and share videos from the Clips app

How to save and share videos from the Clips app

Five tips to make your Clips extra lit

Clips makes it ridiculously quick and easy to shoot video and photos, add effects and titles, and share with the world. But there are still a few extra tips and tricks worth knowing about so your Clips really stand out from the crowd.

Five tips to make your Clips extra hip

Any Clips questions?

If you still have any questions about Apple's Clips app for iPhone and iPad, drop them in the comments below!