Cupertino, CA—Apple announced a major update to Clips. The free app for iOS was developed to make it easy to create and share videos using iPhone or iPad. Clips 2.0 features selfie scenes as well as artistic style transfer effects and a redesigned, user-friendly interface.
Clips was designed to permit users to create personal video messages, slideshows, school projects and mini movies.
It features Live Titles, which now automatically generates animated captions from a user’s voice and 360º immersive selfie scenes on iPhone X.
The app lets users add personality to their videos with dozens of filters, animated stickers and full-screen animated posters. It provides more than 60 soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of videos. Clips also uses the content and subjects in a video to make intelligent sharing suggestions via Messages, making it faster to share with others.
“Clips users love how quick and easy it is to create amazing videos on iPhone or iPad,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “And we’re making it even more fun with selfie scenes. By harnessing the incredible new TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, users can now record selfies against a variety of fun and whimsical backdrops with just a tap.”
Clips Selfie Scenes
Selfie scenes places users into animated, 360º scenes when recording selfies. Using the TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, this function transports users into bustling cities, serene landscapes, abstract paintings and even the Millennium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Moreover, with selfie scenes, users can choose from 10 Apple-designed scenes. They also include unique locations, characters, colors and visual styles. Each scene is designed to provide a full 360º experience. As a result, they surround users on all sides as they move iPhone X. Also, environmental sound effects make scenes more immersive.
New Effects and Stickers
In addition, new artistic effects in Clips use advanced machine learning and style transfer technology to turn any photo or video into a moody oil painting, watercolor or pencil. This occurs in real time during recording.
Clips also adds more content from Disney, including full-screen posters of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Moreover, it debuts Star Wars stickers featuring animated versions of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and others.
Users can also add more personality to their Clips videos with 16 new Apple-designed stickers and 21 new royalty-free soundtracks from indie artists. Furthermore, as with all Clips soundtracks, these new tracks automatically adjust to match the length of videos.
Redesigned User Interface
Another upgrade is a revamped interface with a streamlined design that puts frequently used controls within reach. And a new “effects” browser lets users view as well as choose filters, labels, stickers and emoji. In addition, labeled buttons make it easier to edit Live Titles, add or change filters, as well as trim, mute and delete clips. And full-screen browsers enable users to see more of their content when viewing their photo library or selecting animated posters.
In addition, users can now access and edit their Clips videos across iPhone and iPad via iCloud. Videos are automatically uploaded and backed up to iCloud. As a result, users can start a video on iPhone and finish it later on iPad.
Photos and video clips in iCloud Photo Library are referenced by Clips, not copied, to make more efficient use of iCloud storage. Clips also adds support for Shared iPad, so students can create videos in both one-to-one and Shared iPad environments.
Clips 2.0 is available as a free update on the App Store. It is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 and later models running iOS 11.1 and later. Selfie scenes are only available on iPhone X. In addition, style transfer effects are only available on iPhone 7 and later models and 2017 iPad Pro. apple.com