How to record, trim, and edit videos on your new iPad

How to record, trim, and edit videos on your new iPad

The new iPad has a built-in Camera app that not only lets you shoot 5 megapixel photos, but does a surprisingly good job at recording 1080p video as well. What's more, the built-in Photos app lets you trim your videos right on the iPad. And if you need more powerful editing, complete with titles and transitions, there are a couple of great App Store apps for that!

How to record video

Recording video with your iPad is very simple.

  1. Tap the Camera app on your iPad's home screen
  2. On the bottom right had corner you'll find a toggle to switch between photo and video mode. Tap it to switch it to the right and under the video icon.
  3. To the right of this switch, you'll see the button that switches between the front, FaceTime camera, and the rear, iSight camera.
  4. I recommend holding the iPad with the home button on the right so that your hand doesn't obstruct the view of the camera.
  5. In the middle of the right side of the screen (and right next to the home button) you'll see the record button. Tap this to start recording. Tap it again to end recording.
  6. To watch the video you just recorded, tap the thumbnail in the lower left corner. You can also find the video in your Camera Roll* in the **Photos app.

How to trim a video

Apple has included the basic editing ability of trimming your videos with the iPad. Any other editing will need to be done on a 3rd party app (see below).

  1. Access your video from either your Camera Roll in the Photos app, or from the Camera app by tapping the thumbnail after recording a video.
  2. If you don't see the bar at the top of the screen, tap anywhere (except on the play button)
  3. In the middle of the toolbar at the top of the screen, you'll see a timeline for your video. The curser in the middle indicates which part of the video you're watching (or will watch if you hit play).
  4. Surrounding the timeline is a gray border with ends that have little handles. Tap one of these handles.
  5. The border will turn yellow and you can drag the handles along your timeline.
  6. Hold your finger down on one of the handles to zoom in to the timeline for more precision.
  7. Once you've adjusted your endpoints as desired, tap the play button to the left of the timeline to preview your selection.
  8. When it's exactly how you want, tap Trim in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  9. You'll then be prompted to select Trim Original or to Save as a New Clip. Tap your choice.

How to edit your videos

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If you want to edit, add titles or transitions, or otherwise make your videos even more fantastic before uploading, you can do that right on your iPad with either Apple's iMovie or Avid Studio.

How to share you videos

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Once you're done and your videos are perfect, the iPad also makes it really easy to share them in a number of different ways.

  1. If they're in your Camera Roll, you can sync them with iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, and from there, do anything you want with them.
  2. If you have an Apple TV you can use AirPlay to wirelessly beam them to your big screen HDTV for full on home theater viewing experience.
  3. If you have the Apple HDMI adapter, you can plug your iPad directly into any HDTV or display that has HDMI ports and get the same results.
  4. If you want to share them with the internet world, you can upload your videos directly to YouTube or Facebook with just a few taps.

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Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at

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DarkMx2000 says:

I don't know if it just me but is there something wrong with the beginning of this article?

BryanTheRed says:

What are you talking about?

DarkMx2000 says:

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.

curiousj87 says:

What's that your taking a video of, a coaster?

Nick T says:

One slight amendment: you can only trim videos if you view them via the Camera app, not via the Photos app.

Delrahim69 says:

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.

dreamweaver822 says:

can i pause a video while recording and then come back later to add to it?