Apple Clips Review: Snapchat-like Fun…If You Can Figure It Out

  • Apple Clips Review: Snapchat-like Fun…If You Can Figure It Out

Apple Clips Review: Snapchat-like Fun…If You Can Figure It Out

Many schools have already taken the first step of integrating iPads into classrooms-an analog to the widespread usage of Apple IIs in education during the 1980s and '90s-putting Clips and other education-friendly apps at their fingertips.

Finally, you can also add title cards by tapping the T icon, and a soundtrack by tapping the music note icon.

Like other mobile video editing apps, users will be able to record video or take photos from within the app, and then stylize them with text, filters, speech bubbles, and emoji.

Those use cases just scratch the surface of what Clips can be used to create.

"Clips gives iPhone and iPad users a new way to express themselves through video, and it's incredibly easy to use", said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Apps Product Marketing. The length of time the button is held determines how long the photo is featured in your overall Clip timeline, which is at the bottom of the app. It's clearly made for an era in which people often watch videos on their phone with the sound off.

"The effects, filters and incredible new Live Titles we've designed for Clips let anyone make great-looking, easily sharable videos with just a few taps". If you want to mute your voice in a video, you have to tap a mic button. Selecting the "Live Titles" button will allow users to talk out subtitles and the app will transcribe what you say. Clips also uniquely offers a Live Titles feature that lets you animate and create captions using just your voice (it's powered in part by Siri). The comic filter is cool, and it renders the effect on photos and videos as you're capturing them, not after the fact. And iMessage is supposed to be slightly optimized for this.

Snapchat started it. Instagram copied it. Facebook really copied it. It also includes a row of suggested contacts, which Apple generates by looking at the people you've texted most recently, names mentioned in your video, or faces you've tagged in pictures stored in Apple's Photos app. In a way, Apple has again renounced the responsibility of being a social network while also encouraging a kind of network-exclusive interaction.