Make Sending Videos Easier Using Trim Right On Your iPhone or iPad [iOS Tips]

Make Sending Videos Easier Using Trim Right On Your iPhone or iPad [iOS Tips]

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iPhone and iPad video recording is fast becoming a standard way of sharing the view of our world these days. With the new HD video options in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad, of course, the videos are getting even larger. What’s a budding videographer supposed to do with these huge files when sending them to our friends and family?

Turns out, you can trim the videos down right on your iOS device using the Trim feature. Here’s how.

Record a video with the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad device, and then pull it up via the Photos app. You can also just tap the finished video icon in the lower left of the Camera app.

Find the section you want to keep, and grab the little grey handlebars on either side of the filmstrip at the top of the video, and drag left or right to select. The handles will turn yellow to show you that you’re trimming the clip.

Once you’ve selected just the right amount of video to send, tap the Trim button in the upper right. Choose either Trim Original to only keep the part you selected, or Save as New Clip to copy the elected video and save to your Camera Roll as its own thing.

Now you can send your video out to the world as per usual, resting safe in the knowledge that you’re not overwhelming your family with file sizes that are too large for them to handle.

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Rob LeFebvreRob LeFebvre is an Anchorage, Alaska-based writer and editor who has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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