We have all used our iPhone to record videos, whether at a wedding, the park or at home. It is something that is part of our day: to get the phone every time something ‘worthy of social networks’ happens. However, as entertaining or interesting as the content of the videos on your iPhone, the size and framing may not always be to your liking. To help you with this, we tell you how to trim a video on an iPhone.
By "clipping" we mean the elimination of unwanted external areas of the sequence. By trimming iPhone videos, you can get rid of any sequence that spoils them or that you don't want to be seen on social networks.
How to trim a video on an iPhone
Unfortunately, you can't use the Cmara app on the iPhone to ‘pre-clip’ the videos while you're filming them. However, once they have been filmed, you can crop them using the Photos application, provided you are running iOS 13 or later. This is what you should do:
Step 1: opens Photos and select the video you want to trim.
Step 2: After opening the desired video, touch Edit in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 3: touch the icon Crop-rotate at the bottom of the screen Edit. Once you are in mode Trim, press and hold one of the corners of the video. Then drag the edge inward to the desired point. Repeat the process with any other corner until you have finished trimming.
Step 4: touches Ready in the lower right corner. This step saves the clipping, but if you made a mistake or want to restore the original video, you can touch Edit again and then touch Undo in the lower right corner of the Edit screen.
Trim iPhone videos with iMovie
If you are not using iOS 13 or later, an alternative to Photos is iMovie. Usually, you will find the pre-downloaded app on your iPhone. If not, you can download it through the App Store.
Once downloaded, you can trim the videos:
Step 1: opens iMovie and create a new project.
Step 2: Choose Film and then the video you want to trim. Then click on Create movie at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select the video as it appears on the timeline in the lower half of the screen. Then, select the small icon of Zoom (which appears as a magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Slide the video in or out to zoom in and out (this effectively cuts it out). Touch Done in the upper left corner of the screen once you're done.
Step 5: Click on the icon Action (Share) at the bottom of the screen (looks like a square with an arrow pointing vertically outward). Finally, select Save Video, which saves the newly cropped video in Reel.
In addition, it is worth noting that, compared to Photos, iMovie has the advantage of preserving the original aspect ratio of your video.
How to crop a video on iPhone using Video Crop
If for some reason, you don't like Apple applications, you can trim videos on iPhone using third-party applications. The most downloaded and known is Video Crop – Trim & Cut Videos. Like any other downloadable iPhone application, it is available in the App Store.
Once downloaded through the App Store, you can use it to crop videos using the following steps:
Step 1: Open Video Crop and press okay when asked if you want the application to access your photos. After omitting the announcement of the Pro version, select the video you want to trim.
Step 2: touches Trim in the lower left corner of the screen. Then, start dragging one of the corners of the video, moving the edge inward until you have trimmed the desired part of the video. Repeat with any other corner until you have finished editing.
Step 3: touches Ready in the upper right corner of the screen. If you don't like clipping, you can undo it by touching the symbol Undo in the top menu bar and then touching To accept.
In addition to manual trimming, Crop video is useful if you want to trim videos from your iPhone to specific aspect ratios, such as the relationship used on Instagram. The application also allows you to perform a series of editing functions, while some talented people have even used it to edit short films with movie quality.
Cropping is not the same as trimming … or rotating
Just to clarify it, trimming is not the same as trimming. When you do trimming on a video on the iPhone, you shorten its length by cutting entire frames (usually the beginning or the end). On the contrary, trimming involves selecting an area within the frame of the video and eliminating everything outside of it. And in case you are not sure, trimming is not the same as rotating: the latter implies turning the video in different angles.