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How to Crop and Edit Videos on iPhone with iOS 13

By Carrie Murray, Monday, September 30, 2019

You used to need an additional video editor like iMovie to edit videos on iPhone/iPad. Now with iOS 13, you don't need to download an extra video editor for iPhone/iPad anymore. iOS 13 comes with a built-in video editor, that's the video editing tool in the revamped Photos app.

After updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS 13/iPadOS, you can open the Photos app and do some basic video editing including trimming, cropping, rotating, applying filters, audio removing, color correction.

The iOS 13 video editing tools work for videos up to 4K at 60 fps(slo-mo videos up to 1080p at 240 fps).



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How to Edit iPhone Videos on iOS 13

It is easy to start video editing on iOS 13/iPadOS. On your iPhone/iPad, open the Photos app, find the video you need to edit and tap it. The video clip will start to play automatically. Tap the blue Edit button on the top right corner of the screen to access the video editing tools.

Edit Videos on iPhone


Crop Videos on iPhone

iOS 13 adds the basic video cropping tool to the Photos app. To crop a clip, tap the crop icon, which is the last icon of the toolbar at the bottom. A yellow dot under the icon indicates that the cropping tool is activated.

Video Cropping Tool for iOS 13

Drag the white border to remove unwanted objects and resize the video.

Crop Videos on iPhone

You can also change the aspect ratios of the iPhone video. Tap the aspect ratio icon, which is the first icon on the top right corner of the screen. This will give you 9 different aspect ratios: Original, Freeform, Square, 9:16/16:9, 8:10/10:8, 5:7/7:5, 3:4/4:3, 3:5/5:3, 2:3/3:2 to make horizontal or vertical videos in any size. The most commonly used aspect ratios include 9:16/16:9, 3:4/4:3 while social media platforms like Instagram Story, Snapchat, or IGTV requires 1:1 square videos.

Change Video Aspect Ratio

After selecting an aspect ratio, you can further crop the video by changing the cropping area with pinching, zooming and dragging.

If you change your mind about the cropped video, tap Reset to undo the cropping.

Rotate & Flip Videos on iPhone

In the cropping tool of iOS 13, you can also rotate or flip the videos.

Tap the rotate icon on the top left corner, the video can be rotated by 90 degrees.

Rotate iPhone Videos on iOS 13

Tap the flip icon, images in the video will be mirror flipped.

Flip iPhone Videos on iOS 13

Skew Videos on iPhone

You may also notice there are 3 icons below the video in the cropping tool. They are straightening, vertically skewing and horizontally skewing icons, which can be used to change the perspective of a video on iPhone.

Straighten videos

Tap the first straighten icon, then move the slider to tilt video left or right by up to 45 degrees. This can be used to fix video taken in a wrong angle.

Straighten Videos on iOS 13

Skew videos

Tap the vertically skew icon and move the slider to skew the video vertically to make a special effect. Horizontal skew is also available.

Skew Videos on iOS 13


Add Filters to Videos

The iOS 13 Photos app is equipped with 9 color filters for videos: Vivid, Vivid Warm/Cool, Dramatic, Dramatic Warm/Cool, Mono, Silvertone, Noir.

To apply a filter to a video on iPhone/iPad: 

  • Tap the filter icon;

  • Select a filter;

  • Move the slider below to change the intensity of the filter.

Add Filters to Videos on iOS 13

Adjust Lightning and Color of Videos on iPhone

Tap the adjust icon and you can access 15 different lightning & color adjustment tools for videos.

Adjust Videos on iOS 13

You can brighten or darken a video, add shadow and contrast, change saturation, vibrance, sharpness, definition and other elements of the video.

Moreover, there is an auto-adjustment button, which can adjust all the elements in one button to make your video look good.

Mute Videos on iPhone

iOS 13 also provides a small button for you to easily mute a video. If there is noise - sound traffic, people talking, dog barking - in your video. You can mute the video and add any background music you like to the video.

When editing a video on iPhone with the Photos app, tap the yellow loudspeaker icon for one time, the audio will be removed from the video.

Mute Video on iPhone

If you like to save all your video editing changes, tap Done. Or tap Cancel to undo all changes.


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