Clips, Apple’s easy-to-use video creation app for iOS, is getting an update today that includes dozens of new graphic overlays and posters, plus usability improvements that make it even easier to turn video clips and photos into fun, expressive videos on iPhone and iPad.
You’re forgiven if half of the above product references sound like random gibberish. Apple’s Clips app hasn’t broached the top of the App Store download charts very often (if at all) since its introduction this past March. So for the unfamiliar: Clips is essentially a new way to edit movies together on an iPhone (or iPad) that feels a little more native to a phone than iMovie.
Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos. Clips 1.1 features animated overlays of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. The app also includes characters from Pixar’s Toy Story and Inside Out, so users can choose to star with Woody or Jessie, or show their emotions with Joy, Fear and others. To complement the collection of characters, new Disney-designed posters can be added to videos as playful title cards to help tell a story.
It’s more powerful than what you can pull off in Instagram or Snapchat as a piece of video-editing software, but it’s essentially built off the same mindset. You shoot with with your phone’s camera, then you take those short clips and add stickers and filters and whatnot, and finally stitch them together into a short movie. The similarities end there, though. Clips is a standalone app without a social network to call its own, so you have to export those movies and then re-import them to Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or wherever.