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So we've seen that you can shoot some pretty good quality video with the iPhone and iPod touch's built in camera. Not only that, but you can also edit your videos to some extent. So in this movie we'll take a look at the video editing process on the iPhone. First open up Photos and locate the video you want to edit. I'm going to rotate to landscape orientation and then I'll tap the big Play button in the center of the opening frame to play the video. It's important to review your footage so you can get an idea of which parts you want to get rid of. Now when you edit a video on the iPhone you're pretty much limited to trimming, meaning you can trim footage off the beginning or end of your clip, but you can't remove portions of the video within the clip itself.
So if a random stranger walks through your vacation video in the middle of shooting, you can't get rid of him without losing all the footage that came before him or all the footage that comes after him. If you need to do that kind of editing, you need to edit your video in a full-fledged video editing program on your computer or you can purchase the iMovie app for iOS devices from the App Store. But in this case let's say I want to trim off the first couple of seconds of the beginning of this clip and a few seconds off the end. I'm going to tap the screen once to bring up my controls. Notice this bar of tiny thumbnails across the top of the screen. These thumbnails are images from your video.
And if you look closely, you'll see there are handles on either end of the thumbnail bar. To trim the video all you have to do is drag one or both of the handles in, so I'll drag the beginning handle in a few seconds. Now if you want finer grain control over where the trim happens, get the handle to approximately where you want to make the trim and then hold down on the trim handle. Notice this stretches out the thumbnail so you could see more frames and get a better edit. Now when you drag horizontally you don't jump quite as quickly through the frames. Now I'll do the same and edit a few seconds off the end of the clip.
Tap the play button to check your edit to make sure the trims fall where you want them. Actually, I think I'll trim my end in a little bit more. We'll take another look.
Now once you're happy with the edit you can tap the Trim button. This gives you the option of trimming the original which will permanently delete those edited sections from the clip with no way of getting them back, or you can tap Save as New Clip to generate a copy of this clip with your edits applied. That way you get to keep the original unedited version as well as your edited version. This might be useful if you have say a vacation video and you want to send one version to your friends and a slightly edited version to your parents. So I'll tap Save as New Clip Now if I go back to my photo album, I'll see the new version of my video sitting here and as you can see it's shorter than the original clip because I've trimmed it.
So that's how you can edit the videos you shoot on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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