How to create a personal greeting for mom with ‘Clips’

I’ve been playing around with the new Clips app on my iPhone 7+. It’s been fun and very user friendly (no surprise, right?). Within 10 minutes I was able to upload a video clip that even impressed my mom!

There are tons of ways to play around with the free app — I personally love the comic book filter, adding in speech bubbles and voice overs, and adding in music in the background. That’s just the basic with me just playing around!

Here are some tips to help create a fun and memorable clip to share…hey, Mother’s Day is coming up! Hint! Hint!

Collect those old photos: 
You’ve got timeless photos on your iPhone, iPad, iCloud or on social media, right? Take your time to collect your favourites by screen grabbing or download your images into your Photos app for easy access.
Start your project: Clips organizes videos into Projects. Each project has it’s own clip stream. You can edit or add projects at any time.
    • Tap Projects (looks like a v) button in top left corner.
    • Tap New Video (the + sign) button.

Time to insert collected photos: Remind her of the good times with images of times past.

 Using Library tab, beneath live view screen, navigate to Albums and select the image you want to use. 
• After adding the image, add live audio using Record Audio
 Touch and hold Hold to Add This Clip/Photo to insert the photo.
• Pinch on live view screen to zoom in, out or pan while inserting.
Get fancy with a great video; reminisce with music:
• Tap on Video beneath the live view.
• Use Record Audio button to switch between mic (with audio) and mute (no audio) modes.
• Switch between the front and back cameras using Camera Chooser button.
• Touch and hold Hold to Record. 
• Pinch and drag while recording to smoothly zoom and pan across images for that extra touch of drama — or comedy.
•Add Music (music note button) easily by selecting from Soundtracks (pre-loaded tunes) or from My Music which includes beats from your saved Apple Music or iTunes playlists.
Say it loud and clear with Live Titles: Live Titles let you easily create animated captions and titles — will the ability to capture 36 different languages. Simply speak while recording, and text automatically appears onscreen, perfectly synced with your voice. Choose from different styles and tap any title to adjust text and punctuation. 
• Tap the mode you want to use, Photo, Video, or Library. (You can add Live Titles to any of them.)
• Tap the Live Titles button (the caption bubble) in the top left corner. 
• Tap on the Style of Live Titles you want to use in the live preview tiles.
• Tap the Record Audio button to turn off background sound (i.e music playing).
• Touch and hold Hold to Record/Add This Clip/Add This Photo for new video, photo or inserting an older photo from your Photos app. 
• Speak clearly while holding down the button; Let go when you’re done. Remember you can always go back and edit the words captured.
Share privately or shout it loud! : Share instantly in iMessages or, if you want to show your love for her to the world, upload your masterpiece YouTube, Instagram or Facebook without a hitch. Clips suggests who to share with based on the people who appear in the video, and the people you share with most often. If you select a suggested name, Clips inserts the video right into Messages so it’s ready to send with one tap.
Looking to master your video and photo editing skills beyond Clips? Apple offers free workshops on iPhone photography and videography at our Canadian stores. Click here for more details.

Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

Be first to comment