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So, we've seen that you can shoot some pretty quality video with your iOS device's built-in camera. The videos you shoot can also be edited to some extent, so in this movie we'll take a look at the video editing process on the iPhone. First open Photos and locate the video you want to edit. 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 add a video in the photos app 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, for example, if a random stranger walks through your vacation video in the middle of shooting, you won't be able to 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'll need to edit your video in a full fledged video editing program on your computer or, you can download Apple's iMovie app for iOS devices for free from the App Store. But in this case, let's say I want to trim off the first couple seconds at the beginning of the clip and a few seconds off the end. Notice this bar of tiny thumbnails across the top of the screen. If you don't see the bar, just tap your screen once to make the controls appear. These thumbnails are images from your video. And notice that 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'd like to have 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 that stretches out the thumbnail so you can see more frames and get a better edit. Now do the same and edit a few seconds off the end of the clip. Be sure to tap the Play button to check your edit to make sure the trims fall where you want them. And if you're happy with the edit, tap the Trim button.
This gives you the option of trimming the original, which will permanently delete the edited section from the clip with no way to get 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 versions, as well as have 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. And now if I go back into my camera roll I'll see the new version of my video sitting here and you can see its shorter then the original clip because I've trimmed it. So that's how you can edit the videos you shoot on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
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