How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad

How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad both have a built-in Camera app that not only lets you capture photos, but also does a surprisingly good job at recording video as well. With the Photos app you can even trim and share your videos right from your iPhone or iPad, no computer necessary!

How to record video on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe to the right once in order to switch from photo to video mode.
  3. Tap the capture button and start recording.
  4. Remember that you can tap to focus any time while recording. You can also lock the focus if you want by holding down until you see the AE/AF Lock text appear. Just tap the screen again to manually focus if and when you need to.
  5. Tap the capture button again when you are done recording.

How to trim a video on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the video you'd like to edit.
  3. Drag the left and right anchors in the top bar so the section of video you'd like to keep is within them.
  4. Tap the Trim button in the upper right hand corner.
  5. Tap on either Trim Original or Save as New Clip — the second option preserves the original video and creates a new file for your trimmed version.

How to share videos from an iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the video you'd like to share.
  3. Tap on the Share button in the bottom left hand corner.
  4. Tap on the method you'd like to use to share your video. In this example, I'll choose iMessage.
  5. Fill out any info or type a message if necessary and then tap Send — or in some cases Upload or Publish if you're sharing to a service like YouTube.

How to edit videos on your iPhone or iPad

If simply trimming videos isn't doing it for you, there are lots of video editing apps available in the App Store that can help you add filters, adjust, stabilize, add titles and transitions, and lots more. Here are a few that we recommend, and as always, if you found a great video editing app, be sure to share it in the comments!

  • iMovie for iOS - $4.99 (free for new iPhone and iPad owners) - Download Now
  • Pinnacle Studio for iPad (formerly Avid Studio) - $12.99 - Download Now

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad


The original post in the first 2 sentences said the same thing about the camera and video recorder. It was if they were trying figure out the correct wording for the sentence but did not realize that both were still there when it was published.

I couldn't get this to work, but found out you have to open the camera app, then click last video shot in bottom left corner. Otherwise the gray border isn't shown if you view videos from the photos app. Must be an iOS 6 change.

I use VideoGrade ($4.99 in App Store) to adjust exposure levels of videos that were shot too dark or bright. Very easy to use and you don't lose the original quality. Also, I use "Rotate & Flip" (free) to rotate videos that were recorded in landscape but for some reason (accidentally) did not rotate correctly.

You forgot to mention to turn the iPhone horizontal, or landscape. Nothing is worse than vertical videos, nothing.

How do you export a Slo-Mo video at full HD resolution on a Windows PC?
If you plug your phone into your PC and just copy the file you lose the Slo-Mo effect. The only way I found was to create an iCloud Stream from iPhone and upload the video. Then on the PC, with the iCloud control panel installed, I would copy the video from the iCloud Photos file location and still this not a full HD resolution version. Am I missing something obvious?

I spent some time recording a video this morning and came in to edit it.
The Photos app on my iPad doesn't have a Trim button on it--the screen looks nothing like the screen in this article.
It has an internet connectivity symbol, the time, a blue tooth symbol and battery usage across the top of the screen, then (depending on what I choose) Years, Collections, ... on the next line.
On the bottom of the screen, it has Photos, Shared and Albums.
I would love to be able to do a voice over, but that seems completely out of the question.
Can I really make videos with this thing?
Are the videos I shoot editable, or do I need to buy a camera?

Help! I trimmed a video for an email due to length. They never received it. Also, the trimmed part is gone from my video on my iPad. Where did it go? It was the most important part.

Can anyone help ?
My daughters wedding was videoed at the weekend I just went to look at it on my iPad and it appears that it has been trimmed in error by the grandchildren .
Is there a way to recover the trimmed video ?

Need a quick answer for a video shoot tomorrow with my iPad. How do I pause a recording and come back to it to continue in a seamless fashion? Thanks.