How To Edit Videos On iPhone [Crop, Trim, Rotate]

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Photos App in the iOS app has the ability to do basic editing of your videos. Smartphones have evolved so much in recent years that they are able to match up to professional-esque editing in terms of abilities. Its a shame to not know how to edit videos on iPhone.

These features were added recently in the last couple of years to improve the overall experience. The last decade has prominently changed the way people shoot, edit & publish video content. An iPhone shot video has shown its level of quality in terms of professionally shot videos around the world. You can try Video editing Apps on the iPhone, but if you are someone who wants the default functionalities, this post will help you to Edit Videos on iPhone without installing any third-party apps.

Prerequisite to Edit Videos on iPhone

As clearly mentioned in the title of this article, you need an iPhone. It's also a mandatory thing to have the latest version of iOS. (iOS 13 as of July 2020).

Also, you need a video to be saved in the Photos app of the iPhone. This Edit feature doesn't work for Video URL or other sources. You need a local copy of the video in the Photos. Please make sure of that before jumping into the edit feature.

Bonus: How to Rotate a video on iPhone

How To Edit Videos On iPhone

  1. Open the Photos App. Find the video that you'd like to edit and open it. As soon as the video starts playing, Look for the edit button at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose Edit. This will take you to the editing window will the selected video.
  3. The edit controls are at the bottom below the video.
  4. There are four different controls at the bottom: Trim, Video adjustments, Effects & Crop.
  5. Choose the respective tabs for the type of edit you are doing.
  6. On the Trim Tab, once selected, the bottom of the video will have a play button and then two sliders along the ends of the timeline. Move along the slides from both the sides to the positions of the ends and make the trim. Please make a note that you won't be able to cut between the video. Only the ends of the video could be trimmed.

  7. If it's a slo-mo video, there will another bar below the slides which lets you adjust the slo-mo parts of the video. You could choose where the slo-mo starts and where it ends. Please be aware that this applies only to video shot via the Slo-mo option exclusively. You won't be able to slow down a normally shot video because of the different frame rates its shot with.
  8. On the Video adjustments tab, you could choose to modify the adjustments like Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Brightness, Black Point, Saturation, Vibrance, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, Noise Reduction & Vignette. Swipe through the list of options and adjust the slider to see the changes immediately applied to the video. Once satisfied you could move to other changes and the changes you made via the slider remain in the video.
  9. On the Effects Tab, certain color filters could be applied to the entire video. The options available are Vivid, Dramatic, Mono, Silvertone, and Noir. These effects are included with warm and cool tones as well. You could choose based on your preference.

  10. In the Crop Tab, it is packed with features that have mainly to do with the visible area, aspect ratio, layout, and many more.
  11. Once in the Crop Tab, you could crop the video by adjusting the drag points on the four corners of the video. Move your finger left or right to resize in real-time. Once you are happy with the resolution of the video, you could set it.
  12. In the top left corner, you will find an option that looks like an audio volume button, you could tap on it if you choose the remove the audio from the file.
  13. The Crop section also has the z-axis orientation which lets you modify the video angle in the z-direction. The three options are Straighten, Vertical, and Horizontal. Modify these switches accordingly to your choice.

  14. The Layout option is found at the top right corner. Tap on it and the options will be revealed. The options are Freeform, Square, 16:9, 10:8, 7:5, 4:3, 5:3 & 3:2. These aspect ratios could be used to export this video for different purposes.

  15. Once you have finalized all the changes required for the video, you could choose Done at the bottom right corner as seen below.
  16. Tapping on that would open a new popup two different options as to whether you want to make the edits to the original video or save the video as a new clip. You could choose what works for you and it will get applied to the video and saved accordingly.

  17. In case if you think the whole edit feature doesn't work for you, you could tap on Cancel on the bottom left corner of the screen. That will discard all the changes you have done so far and kept the original video intact as it was before the whole editing started.
  18. There is also a feature called Reset. It would be found at the top center of the editing window. This feature is basically an option that lets you reset to the original video style if you don't like the edits that you have done to the video and want to start again.

The Edit feature might not seem super powerful but it definitely covers the basic aspects of editing that you could do to a video. If you are looking for more powerful videoediting and compiling, a better option is to look for a mac based software or at least the iMovie app.

They will be packed with a lot more features that lets you go crazy with your creativity. Do check it out if that's what you have in mind.

This edit feature is mainly for your easy to share purposes like if you want to shorten a video to share via Mail or Instant Messaging.


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