iMovie is a great video editor for the iPad. Wait, let me restate that. iMovie is a fantastic video editor for the iPad. However, for many people it just seems a little intimidating. I can absolutely see that. It does so much, and you can be extremely creative with it, but if you don’t have the time to learn all that it can do, you might never take full advantage of what it offers. Sometimes, simplicity is best. Today, simplicity comes in the form of the Clips Video Editor for iOS.
Clips is an interesting app. It does not have a plethora of video editing options, but that is kind of the point. Simplicity, remember? Clips comes in two versions – a free version, and a pro version which is priced at $4.99. What’s the difference? A small Clips watermark will appear in the bottom left hand corner of on any video that you produce using the free version of the app. Nothing too distracting as you will see in my sample movie below.
If you have used just about any video editor before, you will be familiar with the horizontal timeline approach that is a popular feature of many mobile and desktop editors. In Clips, however, the timeline is vertical. This takes a little getting used to, and is no doubt a nod to the vertical format we mostly use with our phones, but once you edit a few videos portrait style you will soon get used to it.
So, video clips are stacked on top of each other and you can choose how much of each one you want to show by dragging the bars at the beginning or end of a clip towards the middle. Need to rearrange the order of your clips? No problem. Just drag and drop them. There are only two transitions right now – a cross-fade or a hard cut – but remember the mantra here; simplicity.
For audio fans, you will be glad to know that the option to record your voice over the top of your video is indeed an option with the Clips Video Editor, just like it is in iMovie. You can also choose one of the built-in music tracks to accompany your videos where necessary. There are currently eleven tracks to choose from, which might not seem like a lot, but it is more than iMovie has, and the variety of genres is sufficient that it should cover most scenarios. You can also add music from your iTunes library.
All in all, it is a great option for schools because the free version is a full featured app, no account is required to use the app, and your finished videos can be saved to the camera roll. iMovie might be free with newer iOS devices, but if you are using iPad 2s in your classroom, you are still faced with the $4.99 price tag ($2.49 on VPP if you buy 20 or more). The Clips Video Editor is free!
Still wishing you took the time to learn iMovie? Watch my video below for a quick crash course on the basics of editing video with iMovie for iPad?