How to Edit a Video in Photos

How to Edit a Video in Photos

Video on the iPhone has gotten better and better. Now that we’re regularly using our iPhones to take said videos, we want them to take up as little storage as possible, which means any time we can trim off the video thereby reducing its file size is awesome. There are also those moments when you record preemptively in order to catch your shot, but afterward you want to edit out the excess footage. Luckily, you don’t need a fancy video editing software or app to do this. Here’s how to edit and trim a video in Photos.

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To do this:

  • Locate the video you want to edit or trim in the Photos app and tap on it.

  • Select Edit in the top right corner.

  • You’ll see the sequence of shots at the bottom of the screen with arrows on either side.

  • This part can be a little tricky, so have patience if you can’t get it the first time. Now, hold your finger on one of the arrows until the solid black bar around the sequence of shots turns yellow.

  • Once it’s yellow, you can lift your finger and move the arrows to trim footage off the beginning and end of the video.

  • You can press the play button at anytime to see which part of the video you’re keeping.

  • When you’re satisfied with your edits, tap the yellow Done.

  • Choose Trim Original or Save as New Clip.

Remember that if you choose Trim Original, all trimmed frames will be permanently deleted. Choosing Save as New Clip will let you preserve the original video and create a new file for the trimmed version. However, if you’re trying to save a bit of storage, Trim Original is your best option.


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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.