Edit Movies on Your iPad - dummies

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Editing movies on your iPad is simple. Assuming that you captured some really great video footage from your iPad’s camera, you probably shot some stuff that belongs on the cutting room floor as well. No problem because you can perform simple edits right on your iPad 2 or third-generation iPad.

Remember to tap the Camera Roll at the lower-left corner of the Camera app to find your recordings. Then:

  1. Tap a video recording to display the onscreen controls, as shown in the figure.


  2. Drag the start and end points along the frame viewer at the top of the screen to select only the video you want to keep.

    Hold your finger over the section to expand the frame viewer to make it easier to apply your edits. Tap the Play button to preview your surgery.

  3. Choose what to do with your trimmed clip:

    • Tap Trim Original to permanently remove scenes from the original clip.

    • Tap Save as New Clip to create a newly trimmed video clip; the original video remains intact, and the new clip is stored in the Camera Roll.

    • Tap Cancel to start over.

This method will only let you edit footage captured on an iOS device, not video from a digital camcorder or camera, even if you sync it to the iPad.

For more ambitious editing on the iPad 2 or third-generation iPad, consider iMovie for iPad, an app that resembles a bare-bones version of iMovie for Mac computers. Through iMovie, you can export your finished video to YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. And iMovie for iPad lets you produce Hollywood-style movie trailers, just like on a Mac.