Clips app is like a sim­pli­fied iMovie for vi­ral videos

Ap­ple’s new Clips app helps you make and share short, multi-clip videos, re­veals Ian Paul

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Ap­ple’s lat­est iOS app is de­signed to help iPhone and iPad users get so­cial with videos, though it isn’t a so­cial net­work it­self. The com­pany’s new Clips app lets you add fil­ters, emoji, and an­i­mated text to short videos. Think of it like a mashup of Snapchat and iMovie.

The videos can be one clip or mul­ti­ple clips. Ap­ple says the new app will make it quick and easy to cre­ate multi-clip videos “with­out time­lines, tracks or com­pli­cated edit­ing tools”. Like other apps, you touch and hold a but­ton to shoot live video or add photos, then you can add fil­ters,

speech bub­bles, emoji and other items af­ter­ward. There are also stock mu­sic op­tions, an­i­mated back­grounds, and text.

But the fea­ture Ap­ple is most proud of is called Live Ti­tles. This is ba­si­cally a speech-to-text tran­scrip­tion fea­ture. It lets you add an­i­mated cap­tions and ti­tles us­ing voice dic­ta­tion. After dic­ta­tion, you can tap added ti­tles to change the text or punc­tu­a­tion, and add emoji. Live Ti­tles will sup­port 36 dif­fer­ent lan­guages at launch.

But Clips isn’t a so­cial net­work in and of it­self. In­stead, it’s just a video cap­ture and edit­ing tool de­signed to let you share your cre­ations on iMes­sage, Instagram, Face­book, YouTube, Vimeo, and other places on­line. There’s also a face recog­ni­tion fea­ture that sug­gests who you should share the video with based on who ap­pears in the video.

Clips will be avail­able on the App Store for free in April, though at the time of writ­ing there was no spe­cific re­lease date. The app only works with iOS 10.3 de­vices, in­clud­ing the iPhone 5s and up, the new 9.7in iPad, all iPad Air and iPad Pro mod­els, the iPad mini 2 and up, and the six­th­gen­er­a­tion iPod Touch.

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