The latest update of the Apple Clips application adds some new features that make it closer to becoming a video editing application for mobile devices. The most notable addition is the ability to add custom sound tracks directly to videos with songs created in GarageBand and other music applications. Previously, users limited themselves to the built-in soundtracks and iTunes music tracks.
The clips, which are only available on iOS, were released in 2017 as a kind of iMovie for a new generation of creators, with built-in filters, stickers, and transitions. Today's update adds many small improvements, such as the ability to share projects via AirDrop or email and save them in Files, as well as introduce more extensions to share in other cloud services.
There is a new camcorder filter to make your videos look like they were recorded in the '90s, and three new live titles, which is the built-in Caption feature of Clips. Users can choose to have their words appear all at the same time as static text or as animated text, with each word highlighted as they are pronounced. There are also eight new "posters", which is what Apple calls its transitions with customizable text, and the ability to duplicate and rename projects.
Although Clips features are decidedly smaller than other mobile editing applications such as Adobe Premiere Rush CC, which has a more professional inclination, the focus makes it easier and more intuitive to use. Apple is also adding ClassKit support to allow students to upload their video assignments to teachers through the Schoolwork application – and based on some of the tweets that we've seen about elementary students who use Clips to create videos, it seems that could be useful