The yearly iOS update is known for bringing exciting novel features to Apple iPhones and iPads, and content creators stew in curiosity wondering what new video editing capabilities will be available. With the release of iOS 14 in 2020, a couple new features have made their debut, but it's still not possible to complete many common video tasks within the default apps.

In this article, I'll go over how to edit videos using iOS 14's built-in features and highlight the new video creation tools it offers. I'll also point out what video editing tasks you can't do using iOS 14's native apps, and how you can still do them easily on iPhones and iPads.

Filming in the Camera App

One of the biggest changes to the video creation process in iOS 14 is in the Camera app. Instead of having to switch to video mode, you can now film videos while in photo mode using the QuickTake Video feature. This eliminates the need to switch between modes as you simply hold down the shutter to record a video or tap to take a photo.

QuickTake Video demo

Video Editing in the Photos App

The features that were released with the iOS 13 Photos app are still available in iOS 14 and are a mainstay for people looking to make simple edits to individual videos. To access these features, go to the Photos app and select a video, then click "Edit" in the top right corner. You'll be able to do things like trim, mute, adjust the lighting, add filters, crop, and resize videos using the editing tools that appear on the bottom of the screen.

In the first tab with the camera icon, you can drag the ends of the video to trim it, and the mute button is in the top left corner. The second tab allows you to adjust the video's lighting by sliding the bar to alter settings like exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. The third tab offers set filters, while the fourth tab is where you can change the video's tilt, or flip, rotate, or resize the video using options at the top.

Video Editing in iMovie

To make more complex edits, you can use the iMovie app that comes with iOS 14 devices where you'll be able to do things like combine video clips, add scene transitions, and add audio tracks. Start by opening iMovie, then create a new project and import the videos and photos you want to use. They will all appear sequentially in the timeline, where you can drag individual clips to rearrange or make them shorter.

A default scene transition will automatically be added between clips, which you can change or delete by clicking on it and swiping through the options. Click the "+" button to add more clips or any audio tracks that are saved on your device. Selecting clips in the timeline will also reveal multiple editing options: you'll be able to trim, change video speed, add default text, or apply filters to each clip.

Video Editing in the Clips App

Clips is a built-in iOS app that allows you to film and edit videos in one place, although one one big limitation is that you can only create square videos. It's more geared towards modern video creation than iMovie as you can add interesting effects that mirror some of TikTok's editing features. While iOS 14 hasn't added anything new to what was already in the iOS 13 version of Clips, it's still an interface that may prove useful for video editors.

There are multiple options for filming in the app. Filming effects available include the "Scenes" tab where a green screen effect is used to drop you into set virtual backgrounds, and you can also film yourself as an Animoji. The editing effects allow you to add good looking visuals in a few clicks. There are animated text and stickers, and posters that range from a professional appearance to a more vintage one. You can also add styled captions to your video that write out what you're saying on the screen as well.

Examples of the virtual backgrounds you can find in the "Scenes" tab

Editing in the Clips app happens scene by scene. Start by filming something in the app, choosing a photo or video from your Library, or using one of the set posters. Hold down the pink button to record the clip. Each scene you record is added to the timeline below. Clicking the timeline reveals options for editing the videos: you can add captions under the "Live Titles" tab, animated text and stickers under the "Effects" tab, in addition to trim, split, or duplicate the scenes. The musical note in the top right corner is where you can add music if you have the audio file saved on your device.

What iOS 14 Still Doesn't Support

While iOS 14 offers a variety of helpful video editing tools, there are many tasks you still won't be able to complete using the above features alone. If you want to overlay images and videos on the screen, for example, you'll need to edit elsewhere. This also applies to adding custom text, making video collages, and animating videos.

How to Make Any Edit You Need

If you need to make edits that iOS 14's functionality doesn't support, you have a couple options. You can download external apps onto your device or edit your videos on a computer using the desktop version of iMovie or Adobe Premiere. However, external apps take up space on your device, can cost money, and are not always optimized for creating social media content.

Another option is a video editing software that works in the browser of any device called Kapwing. It enables you to edit and store your videos in the cloud and doesn't require downloading any external apps. Kapwing has almost every tool included in the Photos, iMovie, and Clips app, and can help make other edits you may need:

Overlay photos and text on videos
Cut out parts of video
• Merge videos
• Add any song/audio track
Export as GIF
• Make PNG images
• Change video speed
Make video collages
Animate videos
• Create audio waveforms

These video editing features can all be found within the Kapwing Studio. Once you get there, upload your video/photo/audio content or paste a link to the content to import it directly into the Studio. Click individual layers and scroll through the options to make adjustments to them. You can also add other elements using options in the top toolbar. Once you're happy with your creation, click the red "Export" button. To save the video to your camera roll, click "Download," then tap the arrow in the top right corner. Click your video, tap the icon in the bottom left corner, scroll up, and select "Save Video."

We love seeing what you create, so remember to tag us @KapwingApp if you share your creations on social media. Before you go, make sure to subscribe to the Kapwing YouTube channel and Resources page as we're constantly producing new tutorials to give you the best video editing tips and tricks.


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