Vertical video support for Apple Clips video application

Joanna Estrada
October 29, 2020

Where before you would have to open up an effects pane and swipe horizontally through seemingly endless options, now that horizontal list can be swiped up for a full-screen view of all of the filters, stickers, emoji, or other effects you might want to add. Clips users can record HDR footage directly into their project and add more HDR photos and videos from their Photos library. You can read about the new features in detail below.

With Clips, users can create personal video messages, mini-movies and social media posts with features such as Live Titles, which automatically generates animated captions from a user's voice, and 360-degree immersive Selfie Scenes with the TrueDepth camera on iPhone.

"Clips has become one of the most popular iOS video creation apps, and millions of projects are made every day with it", said Susan Prescott, Apple's VP of Apps Product Marketing "Users love how easy it is to create fun, expressive videos for sharing with friends, family, and classmates with just a few taps on their iPhone or iPad screens".

The 3.0 version of Clips should be rolling out today. It can still export directly to social apps, but Apple is adding in a video preview and a separate button for exporting the project file if you want to send it to somebody else for editing. If your project has more vertical videos than horizontal videos, the project will be exported as vertical video. And Clips now supports the new Scribble feature in Apple iPadOS 14, converting handwritten text with Apple Pencil into typed text in labels and posters.

On the iPad, Clips now acknowledges the reality that lots of iPad users own attachable keyboards, such as the company's Magic Keyboard, and as a result use the device in landscape orientation. This was a logical move when it was first released three years ago, but in later years vertical video story formats were on the rise with apps like Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.

Record in HDR Using iPhone 12: For videos that stand out with unbelievable color and contrast, Clips supports HDR video capture using the rear-facing cameras on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. If the number of horizontal video clips is higher, the opposite is true. Previous versions of Clips for iPad only worked in portrait, making its UI simply a larger version of the iPhone app. I'm hoping today's updates also lay the groundwork for a Mac version in the future, even if it's limited to Apple silicon Macs.

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