Apple has just introduced a robust suite of video editing tools for its Photos app. In iOS 12 and earlier, most editing tools are only available for pictures, but iOS 13 expands the playing field so even beginners can optimize videos like a pro before sharing. Depending on the type of video you are editing, you may also be able to dispense with third-party video editing programs that you have relied on in the past.
In several iOS versions, the integrated photo app for the iPhone offers a wide range of image editing tools. It not only includes important features such as automatic enhancement, cropping, straightening and applying filters, but also more powerful tools for adjusting lighting and color.
However, videos can only be cropped with the photos app in iOS 1
Photo App Extensions Help Fill the void in iOS 12 and earlier, including Apple's iMovie, which lets you crop the original clip, remove audio, add filters, and add text and music to the video. But even with extensions, nothing so powerful and user-friendly emerged in photos as what Apple has provided for images – up to iOS 13.
With iOS 13, videos can now almost all be processed with the same power tools as images, including a new feature for removing audio for videos only. The new tools can be used for all types of videos, including 4K at 60 fps.
Start Editing a Video
To use the new video editing tools in iOS 13, select the desired movie in Photos if you want to make changes, then tap the blue Edit button at the top right. After editing, tap the yellow Done button with one of the tools listed below to save your changes. The white Cancel button removes any unsaved changes.
Just as in iOS 12 and earlier, you can crop videos from both the beginning and the end. Drag the timeline's left arrow to the right to shave some footage away from the beginning. As soon as you start dragging, the cut portion of the video will dimm and the rest will be highlighted in yellow. The preview adapts to the frame under your finger so you can better see where you need to stop. Repeat the process with the right arrow to shorten the end.
Just as you can change the "key photo" for a live photo, you can change the thumbnail image for a normal video. At the moment, however, it does not work as expected in the iOS 13 beta. If you're replacing the thumbnail of a live photo, drag the white box to the frame you want, and then tap Make Key Photo at the prompt. The photo app does not include a video prompt, so the preview image will not be preserved for the time being.
Feature 3: Remove Audio (iOS Only 13)
If there is background noise in your video, ambient noise from public places or others you can avoid them with iOS 13. While there is no way to adjust the volume or reduce background noise, you can completely remove the sound. At the top left, tap the yellow speaker icon. If the audio track is grayed out, it disappears after saving the file.
Apple's iOS 13 offers several new tools which allow you to change the shape of your videos, from basic options such as cropping and rotating to advanced tools such as mirroring and tilting. To access these new features, select the crop icon, the last icon in the toolbar.
By default, you will crop in a freeform. So grab a vertex of the video and drag it inside. Repeat this for the other corners until it is tailored to your liking. You can also pinch and zoom the image to select a new cropping area.
If you tap the icon next to the ellipse, you can lock the aspect ratio for a variety of portrait or landscape options. These include the original aspect ratio, square, 9:16 (or 16: 9), 8:10 (or 10: 8), 5: 7 (or 7: 5), 3: 4 (or 4: 3), 3: 5 (or 5: 3) and 2: 3 (or 3: 2). If you drag a corner, the aspect ratio is preserved, and you can still click Zoom to change the cropping area.
You can "reset" cropping if you do not like your changes Especially handy with freeform cropping. And you can tap the Aspect Ratio icon again to return to the other editing tools.
Tap the square icon at the top left corner with a curved arrow at the corner to rotate the video. At each touch, the video rotates 90 degrees clockwise.
If you take a selfie with your iPhone – a photo or video selfie – it looks like you're looking into a mirror in the preview, giving you some familiarity as you most likely always see themselves. However, if you take a photo or video selfie, the results are mirrored to represent the mirror's point of view. In other words, how someone else would personally see you, which is useful because texts and symbols would appear as they should, rather than backwards.
However, if you prefer to watch the video selfie the way you recorded it, then you can turn it back. To do this, tap the icon that looks like a split triangle with a double-headed arrow above it.
Underneath the video (in portrait orientation) or to the right of it (in landscape orientation), the tool "Straighten" is already selected, whose symbol is a circle with a horizontal line. Move the slider left or right to rotate the video from a negative 45 degree angle to a positive 45 degree angle.
To reset the effect, tap the effect icon (which retains the last angle if you want to go back), or tap the "Reset" button at the top.
Next to the "Straighten" button there are buttons for the offsets "Vertical" and "Horizontal". The vertical is a trapezoid with a vertical line, while the horizontal is a trapezoid with a horizontal line. If you use the slider for one of the two options, the perspective of the video will be distorted either vertically or horizontally.
An example of when this is useful is to a lesser extent if you want to imitate the Star Wars opening crawl for on-screen text.
To reset the effect, either move the sliders back to the position of the small white dots, tap the effect icon (which retains your last angle if you want to go back), or tap Reset above.
Function 5: Add filters (iOS 13 only)
You can add some flair to your videos with one of nine filters that are different from those in the iMovie Photos extension and have ten additional filters that you can use in addition to the new filters in iOS 13.
Tap Click the filter icon (the three overlapping circles) on the toolbar to display the filters, and each filter will display a series of thumbnails that you can scroll through shows a quick preview of what it would look like in the current frame of the video. The filters include:
- Lively: Brightens the video and highlights the highlights. There are also the options Lively Warm and Lively Cool to give the video a yellow or blue tinge.
- Dramatic: Darkens the video and emphasizes the shadows. Also contains the options Dramatic Warm and Dramatic Cool .
- Mono, Silvertone and Noir: Various black and white effects.
In addition, each filter has a slider. Click below to change the intensity of the filter so you can further customize it.
Apple's iOS 13 offers nearly all image customization options also for videos. To get to the settings, tap the adjustment icon on the toolbar (a circular dial with dots).
The first option is "Automatic" (the magic wand icon), which tries to find out what's in the video and adjust the settings for the best look. It generally does a great job, but if you want to tweak things up a bit, there are many more options to the far right of the enhancement tool. These options include:
- Sharpness  Definition
- Noise Reduction
Underneath is a slider that lets you change the intensity of the effect and make your video just right. As with the Straighten and Tilt tools, the effect of each of these adjustments can be undone by moving the slider back to the small white dot or by tapping the adjustment effect icon. The latter retains your last slider position so you can tap the icon again to return to it.
Feature 7: Using Photos Extensions  As has been possible since iOS 8, videos can be edited using the Photos app extensions. Apple's iMovie is best known for video, but there are also third-party apps that provide extensions.
To access these extensions, tap the ellipsis (•••) icon in the upper-right corner. The Activity view displays a list of the apps you have installed on your iPhone that support the Photos extensions. However, you may need to tap More to turn it on. If none exist, apps will not be listed.
Tap one of them to load the extension. When finished, tap the Done button to return to the main Photos editor.
No matter what changes you've made with the tools above, you can quickly compare them to your original video by tapping the video itself. If you tap again, your changes will be displayed.
One of the most powerful features of the Photos app is that edits are nondestructive. If you want to go back to the beginning, tap the Edit button to open the editor. Then tap the red Reset button and then Reset to Original. All your changes will be lost and your video will be displayed the way you created it at the beginning.
The new iOS 13 is a game changer for video editing. Thus, the Photos app provides each iOS user with a set of easy-to-use yet powerful video editing tools without having to search for third-party apps for all their work.