Must-have app for making and sharing fun videos, photos.
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What’s It About?
To use CLIPS, simply hold the red record icon and begin recording (swipe left to take a photo or right to choose a photo from your photo library). Let go to stop recording (it automatically saves). To add text to the video, tap on the bubble icon and just start speaking while recording; the text of what you said will appear on the screen. Choose from seven filters, and tap the star icon to add fun captions. You can also add in-app "soundtrack" music or choose a song from your own music library. Once your video or photo includes everything you want, tap the send icon to view sharing options and contacts. The question icon leads to the Clips help page, where you can view start-to-finish help on making videos or information on specific features.
Is It Any Good?
For everyone who's thought of a fun feature that they wish they could add to a video or photo, this app has likely read your mind. It's clear Apple created this video- and photo-taking and -editing app with fun and simplicity as top priorities. Users can make a video or take a still shot within Clips -- no need to go to the device's camera first and then into an editing app -- or they can choose a photo from their device's photo library. The app's choices work seamlessly with other features on your device, such as adding a song from your music library as a video's soundtrack. Clips' user interface is easy and the choices obvious, but if you get stuck, there's a useful help section, too. Though there are plenty of photo-sharing options out there, the easy, fun features set Clips apart.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how creativity can be used for good or bad purposes. Is it OK to alter another person's photo using Clips without their permission or add funny-to-you (but potentially hurtful-to-them) words to a video featuring a sibling, friend, or classmate?
Encourage your kid to use this app in artistic, clever, and fun ways, rather than for the ever-popular selfie-improvement.
Talk with your kid about your family's guidelines for posting to social sites responsibly.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 9, 2017
- Category: Photo & Video
- Publisher: Apple Inc.
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.1 or later
- Last updated: November 27, 2021
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