Apple Clips: A free and easy video editor

This week we want to introduce you to an iOS app that is great for quickly producing short videos for sharing.

What is it?

In Apple’s own words Clips is ‘ iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, special effects, graphics and more’ ( Check out the video below to see it in action.

With a range of animated title and text slides, Clips allows you quickly produce a nice looking video for sharing on social media in very little time. Like with many video tools such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram you can add a variety of graphics. You can record a voice over and disregard the video audio, it also lets you import existing videos as well as recording straight from either your front or back camera.

Simple to use, you just hold down the record button for as long as you want that particular element for, you can trim them afterwards.

3 key highlights:

  • Adding music. Clips comes with its own library of ‘Soundtracks’ covering many different genres and themes from pop to playful and holidays & events.
  • Title slides that are very slick and add a touch of professionalism to your video.
  • Automatic transcription that is actually pretty accurate. Just select the style of how the text is displayed on screen, you can edit if it’s missed something. This is great because videos shared on social media are often watched without sound and it makes your video more accessible.

Is it free?


Will it work on my device?

Clips is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and iPod touch (6th generation) and requires iOS 10.3 or later.

Where can I get the app?

Clips is iOS only and available from the App store for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Ideas for using Clips in learning and teaching

  • Create videos using Clips and use them:
    • To follow up on sticky points of seminars or lectures.
    • To send out some questions ahead of a lecture or seminar.
  • Have students create video “explainers” on the topic.
  • Share Clips videos on social media for your module or course or department, such as a Twitter account.

What are the alternatives?

As Clips is iOS only, here are some alternatives for Android phones.

Want more help and info?

Contact Technology Enhanced Learning

Canvas Training

Places are filling up fast on our Canvas Fundamentals training workshops. We strongly encourage all Sussex academic staff to sign up for a place. Attending the workshop will familiarise you with Canvas and your options for teaching with the new VLE. It also gives you access to your migrated modules from 17/18.

Professional Services staff are also welcome to book a place on this workshop.

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