Apple Clips adds new, easy-to-use AR video effects

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Apple Clips adds AR Spaces for augmented reality video recording
Don’t just record your friends’ dance routine. Add augmented reality effects to make it amazing.
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Apple Clips 3.1, a new version of the free video-creation app, adds fun augmented reality effects that map themselves to a room and the people in it. The goal is unique videos that people can then share on social media.

And Apple promised to start making monthly content releases with new filters, stickers and more.

Clips was created to help users combine video clips, photos and music into fun videos on an iPhone or iPad without having to buy an app.

Apple Clips adds AR Spaces

The new effect in Clips 3.1 is called AR Spaces, and it uses the 3D lidar scanner built into some recent Apple devices. Users scan a room to enable augmented reality effects like colorful lighting, floating objects and even whole scenes. These appear on walls, floors and furniture. It can turn a living room into a disco, or surround a group with virtual confetti.

These aren’t simple overlays. The software recognizes people in the video and projects the AR Spaces effects in front of and behind them, making it appear as if the AR objects are all around.

AR Spaces requires the lidar scanner built into iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPad Pro (4th and 5th generations).

But even without AR, the application offers plenty of functionality. “Clips has become one of the most popular iOS video creation apps, and millions of projects are made every day with it,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s VP of Apps Product Marketing “Users love how easy it is to create fun, expressive videos for sharing with friends, family, and classmates with just a few taps on their iPhone or iPad screens.”

Expect new features regularly

On Monday, Apple promised to start adding to Clips’ library of filters, Live Titles, text, stickers and posters related to seasonal events and even cultural trends. These will debut each month.

Apple Clips 3.1 is available now in the App Store. It’s free to download and use, and there are no in-app purchases.

The creation of AR Spaces is apparently a demonstration of Apple’s commitment to augmented reality. This could eventually lead to the company developing AR glasses.