photos iconIn iOS 13, Apple has enhanced the built-in photo and video editing capabilities available to iPhone and iPad users, and for the first time it has made many of its stock photo adjustment tools available for editing videos.

In addition to the new video editing options, Apple has introduced a new tool selection interface that makes the whole process quicker and easier than ever before. Let's take a look at how it works.

Launch the stock Photos app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ and select a video clip from your Photo library using the Photos tab. If it isn't a recent video that you want to edit, use the Days, Months, and Years views to whittle down your collection, or select a clip from one of your albums via the Albums tab.

how to edit video
Once you've selected a video, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. When the black-bordered editing interface appears, you'll notice four icons between the Cancel and Done options at the bottom of the screen.

Trimming a Video

The first film camera-shaped icon is the default selection, and gives you quick access to the timeline. The timeline appears below the video, and you can use it to scrub through a clip or trim it.

how to edit video 1
To trim the clip, drag the yellow chevrons to include the portion you wish to keep – anything outside the yellow frame will be discarded when you tap Done.

Adjustment Tools

The next option in the row of icons at the bottom of the editing interface looks like a control knob. Tapping this opens the Adjust tools in a horizontal strip below your video. Tap Auto – the first tool in the strip – and you'll notice the horizontal dial light up below the toolset.

Auto uses intelligent algorithms to optimally tune the other tools and enhance your video, but you can manually adjust its intensity level by moving the dial with a swipe of your finger. You can easily return to the auto-tuned level by returning the dial back to the white dot.

how to edit video 2
Swipe along the strip of other tools and you'll find that they all work similarly. The only difference is that when you swipe along the dial to change the adjustment level, the selected tool's icon will display a number that you can use as a reference to refine the effect you're previewing.

The other adjustment tools available in the horizontal strip include Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Brightness, Black Point, Saturation, Vibrance, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, Noise Reduction, and Vignette. Simply tap Done when you're happy to apply and save your adjustments.

The Filters Tool

The third option in the row of icons along the bottom of the editing interface looks like a Venn diagram. Tapping this icon opens the Filters tool, which allows you to apply an Instagram-style filter to your captured videos in just a few quick taps.

how to edit video 3
Swipe through the nine available filters to get a preview of how your video looks when each one is applied. Let your finger come to a rest, and a horizontal dial will appear below the selected filter.

Use you finger to move the dial and adjust the intensity level of the filter. Tap Done in the bottom right of the screen to apply the filter effect to your video.

Cropping Tools

The fourth and final icon at the bottom of the editing interface opens the cropping tools. You can easily crop a video using the grid overlay that appears by dragging at its corners, just like you would for photos.

Notice that you also now have a row of three additional adjustment tools associated with the dial below them. From left to right, these allow you to straighten the video, adjust its vertical alignment, and adjust its horizontal alignment.

how to edit video 4
Tap one of the tools and move the dial with a swipe of your finger to adjust to the desired level, indicated by the number in the selected icon.

Running along the top of the video editing interface you'll notice more tools to flip and rotate the video on the left, and apply preset crop ratios on the right. You can tap the Reset button between these tools to undo your adjustments, or press Done if you're happy with your edits.

Lastly, it's worth remembering that you can access all of these editing tools whenever you capture video using the built-in Camera app – you don't even have to unlock your device to use them on the clip you just shot.

Related Forum: iOS 13

Popular Stories

iOS 17

iOS 17.5 Bug May Also Resurface Deleted Photos on Wiped, Sold Devices [Updated]

Friday May 17, 2024 12:24 pm PDT by
A bug in iOS 17.5 is apparently causing photos that have been deleted to reappear, and the issue seems to impact even iPhones and iPads that have been erased and sold off to other people. A Reddit user wiped an iPad following Apple's guidelines in September of 2023 before selling it off to a friend. That friend updated the iPad to iPadOS 17.5 this week, and began seeing the Reddit user's old ...
iphone se 4 modified flag edges

When to Expect the Next iPhone SE to Launch

Friday May 17, 2024 2:03 pm PDT by
It has been over two years since Apple released the third-generation iPhone SE, and rumors continue to surface about a new model. The latest word comes from The Information, which today reported that Apple plans to release a new iPhone SE with a design similar to the standard iPhone 14 in the spring of 2025. If this rumor is accurate, the iPhone SE would finally gain Face ID and a notch...
oled m4 ipad pro grainy display reports

OLED iPad Pro Users Report 'Grainy' Displays, But It May Not Be a Defect

Friday May 17, 2024 5:57 am PDT by
Some new M4 iPad Pro models are exhibiting a visible static grain pattern across the OLED display, according to several user reports on Reddit (1, 2, 3) and the MacRumors Forums. Image credit: MacRumors user bk215 Users who see the grain generally report that it is most noticeable in dark environments with the display set at a low to medium brightness while viewing content with gray or muted...
iOS 17

Troubling iOS 17.5 Bug Reportedly Resurfacing Old Deleted Photos

Wednesday May 15, 2024 5:29 am PDT by
There are concerning reports on Reddit that Apple's latest iOS 17.5 update has introduced a bug that causes old photos that were deleted – in some cases years ago – to reappear in users' photo libraries. After updating their iPhone, one user said they were shocked to find old NSFW photos that they deleted in 2021 suddenly showing up in photos marked as recently uploaded to iCloud. Other...
Delta Hands On Feature

iPhone Emulators on the App Store: Game Boy, N64, PS1, PSP, and More

Thursday May 16, 2024 12:45 pm PDT by
In April, Apple updated its guidelines to allow retro game emulators on the App Store, and several popular emulators have already been released. The emulators released so far allow iPhone users to play games released for older consoles from Nintendo, Sony, SEGA, Atari, and others. A list of some popular emulators available on the App Store so far follows. Released Delta Delta is...
iphone 15 pro max vs iphone 16 pro max

iPhone 16 Pro Max Looks This Much Bigger Beside iPhone 15 Pro Max

Thursday May 16, 2024 4:51 am PDT by
This year's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro Max is expected to get a boost in overall size from 6.7-inches to 6.9-inches, and a new image gives us a good idea of how the current iPhone 15 Pro Max compares to what could be Apple's largest ever iPhone. The image above, posted on X by ZONEofTECH, shows a dummy model representing the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max alongside an actual iPhone 15 Pro Max. Dummy...