Apple Clips is a lot of fun. It’s an easy-to-use app which lets you create, edit and share quick videos on your iPhone. But, until now, it’s been missing something you’d have thought would have been there since day one: vertical video. I mean, it’s the most natural way to hold the phone, right?
It’s one of two big updates to the free app, though there are more, and they mostly apply to both iPhone and iPad. Here’s all you need to know.
Portrait, landscape or square
Until now, the videos were only available in square format, which isn’t the way with TikTok and Snapchat, for instance. So, square was quickly becoming a limitation.
Now, you can still opt for square, but full-size vertical and horizontal video options are available, too. You can also choose between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, too. On the iPhone, it defaults to 16:9 vertical.
One key element is if you have vertical and landscape clips in the same movie montage, it will adjust accordingly, working out which orientation you’ve used the most and letterboxing the rest for a more seamless result.
HDR recording on iPhone 12
This is the other very big update. If you’re using the latest iPhone models and filming with the rear cameras, the app supports HDR video capture, to make the clips look their best. When you share the video, it’s automatically done as a Dolby Vision HDR file. Very cool.
It’s simpler than ever
Apple has streamlined the interface and it’s extremely straightforward to use, whether you’re shooting stills, video or adding floating emoji which move in synchronicity with turning your head, for instance.
These filters were always one of the coolest features in the ap and that’s still the case. I used to love Comic Book, but the Camcorder filter, complete with drop-outs and intermittent strobing lines, are also excellent.