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How to Edit Video on iPhone & iPad: LumaFusion Tutorial (2019!)

How to Edit Video on iPhone & iPad: LumaFusion Tutorial (2019!)


– In this LumaFusion tutorial,
you’re gonna learn exactly how to edit video on iPhone and iPad using LumaFusion step by step. (illuminating music) Hi, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video where we hope you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything
I mention in this video, you can find linked in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Lumafusion is one of the
best video editing apps on iPhone or iPad right now. It packs in a ton of
pro-level functionality so it can get overwhelming for new users. But don’t worry about
that because in this video we’re gonna take you through
a complete edit step by step so that you know exactly how to use it. And as we go through, let
me know in the comments, what’s your biggest tip for
new users of LumaFusion. It could be from this video, it could be something
else that you’ve picked up from playing around yourself. Now, just a heads up as we get into it, we’re not gonna cover off
on every feature in here. I’m gonna show you the
key stuff that you need to know to get the most out of the app and to get started in
getting great results fast. And a big part of that is process no matter what editing
software you’re using. So to help with this, I’m
gonna take you through here using the Primal Video method which is the most efficient
way to edit your videos down with minimal wasted time and rework. There’s a link to download your
copy down in the description that you can print out and use while you’re editing your videos. And lastly, just before
we jump into the tutorial, I do wanna say that we
have done other tutorials on LumaFusion in the past. But given the amount of
updates and the functionality and the performance that
you’ve got in there now, we thought it was time for an update. So, here we go. Okay, here we are in LumaFusion. That’s what you see when
you first open up the app. And you can see it’s
telling you straightaway Press the plus button to
create your first project. You can see on the bottom left hand corner you’ve got the plus button, press on that. And then I’m gonna give
our project a name. Let’s call this one Test edit. Next you wanna select your framerate and your frame aspect ratio. So you can see here 16:9 Landscape, this is gonna be the default but you also have options in here for 9:16 for portrait video, you’ve also got a heap of other formats in here. 1:1 for square for Instagram or something. Lots of formats in here. But most people I would say
would be 16:9, 9:16 or maybe 1:1 depending on the type of
video you’re creating. So for this one, we’re gonna do 16:9, do a landscape widescreen video. And we hit plus button in
the top right hand corner and our project is created. Now, you can already
see just from that alone there’s a heap of options in here and a heap of power in this app. The next thing you should
do is to open up settings especially if this is the
first you’re using the app. You wanna make sure that you
got everything’s set up right but also to know what
options you’ve got in here. So if we go to the top right-hand corner, you’ve got your Settings button which is like a cogwheel
and a question mark. We’ll press that, and
this is where you got all your Project and Global Settings. Now, I do wanna stress here that we’re definitely not gonna
run through every setting or every feature in here. There are so many features
and advanced tools in here, I’m gonna run through a
few stand out features but also the most important features and things that you need to
know to be able to edit well and efficiently in LumaFusion. So if we look at Project Settings, you can even once again
change you framerate and your aspect ratio or
the format of your video, you can change the
default background color and you’ve also got some
advanced audio settings in here for audio ducking. Under Global Settings, we can specify the amount of project backups to keep and we can change the clip default for things that when you
bring in photos or videos or things that may not fit the exact size of the video that you’re creating, you can choose if it’s going
to scale it, squash it, how it’s gonna look when it’s
brought into your project. And you can also do things
like we’ve got on screen now, Show Touches, that’s this blue marker that I’m moving around. So if you want that on, if it makes it easier for you to edit or you’re gonna record tutorials like this then it’s a good idea to have that ticked. Now if you are using an older iPhone or you’re gonna be working
in an editing project that’s probably gonna put
your device under some load then you can change the
preview quality here. So the default, this is set at to Good but you can also up the quality to best or drop it down to fastest. So depending on the device, if
it’s not running well for you you can make changes to
this preview quality, the playback quality and either have a higher quality preview or turn it down to a lower quality to get more performance out of the app. So enough of the settings now,
let’s go back out of this. And hit the X again, and this is our overall editing interface. So you can see that this window up here is our playback window. This is where we’re going
to be previewing our edit. Down the bottom here is our timeline. This is where we’re gonna be
doing the bulk of our work. In here we’ve got our playback controls to play and stop our video to jump back to the start of our edit and to go to the end of our edit. We’ve also got undo and redo buttons here, we’ve got our toolbox here which is where most of the advanced
features are hidden under. We’ve got an Add button here to add elements to the timeline, we’ve got our scissors
here to cut or split clips, we’ve got our audio bars
here and volume control to be able to adjust the master volume, so the overall here for the entire edit, you can adjust here and preview here. If I click on this one here, then we can also bring out
more detailed volume controls. You can see we’ve got volume levels here for each of the individual video tracks but also the audio tracks. The audio ones are green,
the video tracks are blue. We can hide that again by pressing here. Now we’ve also got our trash can to delete clips down the bottom here. Up the top, this window here will change depending on what mode you’re in. So it’s currently just
start a new project. This is defaulting here, just
showing is the import window where we wanna import footage and drop that into our timeline. The one here will open
up the project window, this will let us close out of the project, we’ll make changes to the actual project or start a new one. And the last one up here in
the top right hand corner is to change the layouts. So you’ve got different
layouts that you can select and move things around
to customize them up depending on the type of
edits that you’re doing or what you’re doing, at what
stage you’re at in your edit to make things bigger
or something smaller. We’ll go back to the default setting here. Because I’d say that’s where most of your are gonna leave it. Okay, so that’s the overall interface. The first step to start editing
is to bring in your footage. So we’re gonna come back up
here to this top window here. So we’ve got two main
buttons in this import area. We’ve got our Sources button
up here, in the top corner. This is gonna let us choose
Photos, Imported, Storyblocks, Titles, Transitions and iTunes to bring footage into our project, and the other one up
here is an import button. And this is gonna let
us import footage from places like iCloud or from
a wireless or network drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, a
lot of options in here. Okay, so now we’re gonna
import some video footage. And for me it is just under photos so I’m in the right spot here, but if your footage is somewhere
else then you might need to use this Source button here to find it or the Import button. So first we’re gonna go
to Moments, scroll down and find our footage, tap
on it and you can see here this clip is now previewed
up here in the top window. This is a massive clip. This is an hour, 26. This is a full recording,
full 4K recording of one of our YouTube videos. Clearly I was making a
lot of mistakes that day. Now you can either just
import this entire clip down into your timeline by just pressing this button here to drop it down or you can see you’ve
got these blue handles on either side of your clip. You can actually make
adjustments and choose which section of this clip you want to import down into your timeline, so that you’re essentially
doing your first edit up here. So if it’s only a section
of this clip that you want to bring down into your actual edit, then you can either adjust it by dragging these markers in or out. So we can tap on that first
one and slide it across and we can choose where
we want this clip to start and likewise with the end, we can tap on that and slide it in. We can choose where we
want this clip to end or we can tap and scrub along
on this slider wheel here until we find the place where
we’d like it to start or stop. So let’s say start, we
want it to start there, we’ll then press the mark in button here and then let’s choose
where we want it to end or we can play through the footage and we can press the out button here and that’s gonna mark it out. So for the purposes of this clip, I’m just gonna mark out about
three minutes of footage here, and we’ll drop that down into the timeline using this button here. Okay, now down the bottom
here you can tap to swipe to play through your footage
or scrub through your footage, you can pinch to zoom in and
out on your timeline there, you can select your clips
just by tapping on them, if we’ve got multiple
clips in our timeline we can tap and hold them we can pick them up and move them around. So you can see already,
considering this is 4K footage, we’re able to scrub through
it really really fast, I’m gonna hit play, it’s
gonna playback fine. And again, this is an iPhone 7 Plus, so it’s definitely not the latest and it’s handling it really really well. So you go through, import
all your footage down into your timeline and then
we’ll trimming it down. So just the same as we
had it in our footage up the top here with those handles. You can see where we’ve
got our clip selected down the bottom here. We’ve also got blue handles
on either side of the clip. I’ll zoom in now but we
can tap and hold and drag and we can again adjust the in
point and likewise on the end we can do the same and
adjust the out point for when we want our video to finish. Now, if there’s a section
in the middle of the clip that you wanna cut our or further refine, make sure your clip is selected, come down the bottom here to the scissors and that will add a cut at that point. So you can see now we’ve got
two clips in the timeline. Now we can select the
second the second clip and we can make adjustments to that. And the more control you want over this, you can just pinch to zoom to
really get some finer control. And I was great on this one that you can actually see
the audio waveforms there to really get these cuts
where you want them. Whenever you wanna play
back or preview your edit just choose where you
want it to play back from and press play and it’s
going to play back. So in this first part of your edit, you wanna go through and remove
anything, add cuts in here, remove any chunks that you
don’t want in your edit, we can selects clips that we create and we can select the trash
can down here to remove them or we can just keep adding cuts and tightening up our
edits using the handles. Now, if you wanna add in any
overlay or B-roll footage or any footage to go
above or to show on top of the content that you have got here, again, you can come back up the top here, navigate through and find our footage. I’ve got this clip here. Again, we can preview it
and shorten it up here. So just choose that first section and again you press that button there to drop it down to the timeline. Or you can come back here to
wherever you wanna add it in and just tap and drag on the clip and position it in the timeline
where you want it to be. So in our timeline here
now as we scrub through, you can see we’re on this clip here and then at that point, we’re
showing this clip above it and then back to me talking. So you can go through now and add in any additional overlay or B-roll footage, but just the same as all your other clips you’ve again got those
blue handles on here. You can lengthen or shorten the clips and you can pick them
up and move them around. And the cool part about how the B-roll or the overlay footage works in LumaFusion is that it is actually mapped
to the clip underneath it or linked to the clip underneath it. So in this case here it’s
linked to this clip here. So if I try to move that clip around, you can see that that B-roll
or that overall footage is moving around with it. So it keeps everything in sync. Super powerful. So as you’re going through
and and adding in more footage and building out this story,
you’ll be constantly tweaking and refining your edit here
and tightening up everything to build out the story. Now, if you wanna add any
text or titles to your videos, there’s two ways you can do it. You can come down the
bottom here to the plus and choose overlay title and that’s gonna add basic text onscreen. Or you can come up here to
the top left-hand corner and choose titles, and this is gonna let
you add in some presets or some animated titles or titles that look a little bit better
than just basic text onscreen. So you can see there’s
heaps of different presets and templates in here. Now, if you wanna use one of these then you can just pick it up and drop it on the timeline where you’d
like it, but for this one we’re just gonna stick
with the basic title. So we’ll select that basic title, we’ll come over here
to this little toolbox and we’re going to choose edit. So we can see here it
says, Your Text Here, we can press on that and we’ve got a heap of different
settings for the opacity, the size, for the font itself, you can go through and
customize all these up. You can see you’ve got a
heap of settings in here, lines, basing, edge, color, shadows. So yup, a lot of customizability in here. To edit the text we wanna come over here to this Edit button, type in what you’d like it to
say, it’s got Justin Brown. And you do also have your
presets up here as well, so if you just want a plain
outline added or pink, that’s definitely our branding color, then you can add all of those in here and you can also save your own presets. So if you build this out
and you’ve got your fonts and your brand and your
colors and everything in here, create that once, save it as a preset and use it in all your future videos. So we go back to just
playing with an outline, maybe let’s make it a little bit smaller and let’s just tap and hold it and maybe down to the bottom corner. Now, if we did wanna save that as preset then what we need to do here
is the Save As Preset button and give it a title. Let’s call it jb, done, and hit
the little plus button there and that preset there is now saved. So whenever we want to
use that title again, we’re gonna just drag
that onto our timeline. Really really powerful. So let’s get back to our edit. We can just hit the little
arrow up the top here and we now have a title
at that point in our video when we’re scrubbing through, that just appears on our screen. Really simple. But obviously you can
go a lot more advanced in here as well. Okay, so once you’ve got all your B-roll, your titles, your overlays,
all that stuff sorted, next we wanna add in some music. So back up in the top
left-hand corner here, you can pick your music from iTunes or if you have already got
some imported onto your device then it’d be under imported. I think we have a music track in here. So we select our MP3 and again we can drop that down into the
timeline with that button there, tell the difference,
music comes in as green and all your footage comes in as blue. So just the same as with every other clip you can pick it up and
you can move it around and you can adjust the start and end times using those handles and
you can shorten them down so it actually finishes
at the end of your video. Now as we touched on the
start, full volumes for these, a really simple way to do
it is to come over here to the audio track levels, we need to press it a couple of times but you can see here we’ve
got our audio track here lined up with this one so we can adjust the volume here to lower it down. But a really cool feature in here is if we hit play on our timeline you can see the different levels as we go. So you can see audio of me
talking as this blue one. I wanna make that a little bit louder, I’ll drag that one up and
if the music is too loud then we can drag that
one down in real time so that we can see what our
levels are actually doing, how loud that volume actually is while we’re playing thorough our edit. Again, these are features
that you only find on the desktop editing software. So it’s awesome to have them in here. Once you’re done adjusting down your audio it’s a good idea to close
down on some of these panels ’cause you can see now our timeline is just this tiny little area here. So we’ll come back up here,
close that out, hide that down and likewise with this panel
if we’re not gonna use it. But if you do want more advanced features, editing features for audio
as well or audio control, then with that clip
selected, just go to edit and again you’ve got
your volume control here, you’ve also got some
advanced audio features in the top corner here that you can apply to your audio as well. Let’s go back out of this. Now, if you wanna make any adjustments to these actual clips themselves and start adding some
effects or even start getting into some of the color grading on these, we’ll jump into that now at this stage in the editing process once your edit is really
starting to take shape. So at this point in your editing process, after you’ve got your music
and your sound effects in and your overall edit is
really starting to take shape, this is where you wanna start applying any effects to your edit. So I zoom in here. So let’s say for example
between these two clips here. So we’ve got one clip that finishes here, we go straight into our next
clip, there’s a jump cut there. So there will be a noticeable
difference in the shot when people are watching this back. So what we could do
with this next clip here is zoom in on this shot. So that it is a little bit bigger and refrain the shot to make it look a little bit different for the viewer but not as jarring as an actual hard cut. So with that clip
selected, let’s go to edit. And it’s as easy as coming
up to this top window up here and scaling this clip up. And to do it, you can just pinch to zoom and tap and drag to reposition it. Now you don’t wanna go overboard
here and zoom right in. Obviously depending on your footage and the edit that you’re doing, you may lose a tiny bit of quality. So in most cases, a
little bit of zooming in, it’s probably not gonna be noticeable but you still don’t wanna
go overboard with it here. Okay, so we’ll back out of that now and you’ll see that as we go through the first clip is zoomed out
and that next clip is zoomed in to make it look a little bit different. So this is what we do
for the bulk of the edits for most of our YouTube videos. Now, if you wanted to speed
up or slow down a clip, maybe this sequence here
of going over the bridge, you might wanna slow
that down a little bit. We can select that, come down to edit and down the bottom here you’ve got your speed and reverse slider. And just using this slider
down the bottom here we can make the clip faster or slower. So in this case, let’s
slow it down a little bit. We can preview it here. When we’re happy with it, we
can go back to our timeline and you can we’ve slowed it down by 65%. And then obviously shorten that clip back down to where we want it. So you do have the
ability to both speed up and slow down your clips in here as well. Okay, so once you’ve applied any of those sorts of
effects to your clips you then wanna do any color grading or color adjustments to your projects. So select the first clip
in your timeline here, again, come down to edit. And then this last button
down the bottom here is color and effects. Now in here we’ve got a
huge amount of control and effects and things to change the look and feel of our video. You’ve got a heap of prebuilt presets and templates in here that you can use or you can start from
scratch and create your own or you can customize
any of them up as well. So you can see the presets that you get straight out of the top
here is the Original one which is obviously nothing applied. And if you select Original, then down here you’ve got
control over everything. So if you wanna start from scratch and build out your own look or just make minor adjustments
to things like brightness, contrast and saturation then
you can do all of that here just by hitting Original first. But even if that’s a little overwhelming or a little advanced for you, then you do have a lot of presets in here that you can go through and find one that might match the look that
you’re after straightaway. So even this one here looks pretty good compared to the original without jumping into any of these advanced
settings down the bottom here. And back on these, if you
just keep swiping through, there are heaps of them in here. Now, once again, if you pick something
you wanna customize it up then you can change all the settings and things down the bottom
here to really dial it in. So we’ll come back up the top here and just pick this contrast one. But what I really like about this is once you’ve dialed everything in, once again you can save your presets. So if this is the look that we wanna apply to all of our clips, there’s a few different ways we can do it. But probably the easiest is
to create this as a preset. So we’ll click on the plus,
let’s call it JB Effect, let’s go Done and plus and
that’s now saved as JB Effect. We can go back out back to our timeline. So that first clip has it applied and the next one doesn’t yet. So to apply that same color
grade or the same effect to the next clip, you can
select your next clip, come over to presets and
there is JB Effect there. We can tap on that, you can see straightaway it’s updated here and it’s applied that to our clip. So you can see how powerful this can be if you’re gonna have a heap
of different edits running or different presets saved
for different things, different titles, different color grades, it’s gonna be really
easy to jump between them and to apply them to multiple clips even in multiple projects as well. The other thing you can do
that’s super powerful in here is you can copy and paste your effects or different attributes
between clips as well. So if you have zoomed in
or repositioned a clip and you’re going to
apply that to other clips then you can copy and paste in here too. So to do that, make sure
that your clip is selected, come down here to clip
and you can choose Copy. And then that’s gonna
copy all of the attributes or everything that you have
modified with that clip and then choose the clip
that you wanna paste it to, select the clip, choose clip and you can paste all of
them by pressing Paste or you can select just the
elements that you want. Whether it’s the volume levels,
whether it’s the framing or whether it’s the color
grade or color effects, you can just paste the individuals or you can paste the lot. So let’s just paste the
lot or hit paste there and that’s pasted our
change with the zoom in but it’s also pasted our
color grade on this clip. So once you finish going through, you’ve got everything
polished up and tweaked and edited the way that you like it, it’s time to save your video out. So come to the top here
to the Export button or the Share button and choose Movie, and in here you can save it direct to places like Vimeo,
YouTube, iCloud, Dropbox, over a heap of other place in here. But what I recommend or I’d say most people will be exporting to, Photos or to the photo
gallery on their device. So we select Photos. Now in here there are a heap of settings. I’m only gonna run through the ones that are probably gonna be the
most important ones for you. So the resolution or the quality of the video you’re just saving out, you most likely here wanna select 1080p but if you are working in 4K
and you wanna export a 4K video you’ve got the option
there for 4K as well. So we’ll select 1080p. You have control over the frame rate. In most cases, this is
gonna be the same frame rate as the rest of your project. So you should be able to leave that, the video quality that it selects for you, you can here Standard 24Mbps. That’s gonna be great
quality for 1080p video but the file size might be a
little large for some people but you do have control here
to either increase the quality and the file size or lower it. If you need a smaller
video file and you’re happy to lose a little bit of
quality in the process. So we’ll leave this at Standard. You go down here you see there is a heap of options for audio as well. And this also supports 360 VR footage too. So the rest of the settings here, you can pretty much leave as is and then hit export again in
that top right-hand corner. And that’s gonna save out
your video file for you, and in our case it’s
gonna save it in Photos ’cause that’s where
we’ve told it to save it. Now, remember it’s always
a good idea to playback and preview your video file on a couple of different devices. Playback on a TV if you can
or on your laptop as well to make sure that you’re happy
with how it looks and sounds on a couple of different devices but remember that it’s
likely, most people these days are gonna be playing back your edits on some sort of smart devices. So as long as it looks
and sounds okay on those, then it’s gonna be a
good enough experience for people watching. So that’s the complete walkthrough on how to edit your videos down
using LumaFusion on iOS. Now, linked on-screen
is a link to take you to our download of the Primal Video Method which as we said earlier in this video, is the most efficient way
to edit your videos down with minimal wasted time or
rework during the process. So grab your copy, print it out and use it while your editing your videos and I’ll see you soon.

9 thoughts on “How to Edit Video on iPhone & iPad: LumaFusion Tutorial (2019!)”

  1. Hi Justin I have now gathered enough courage and purchased an app from LumaFusion I went ahead and tried to use it with out your video. I think I have mucked it up I do not get the start page you do. Can you please help, how do I delete every thing and start from the beginning. Oh and by the way it is 2.25 pm here in the UK I know that you down under should be fast asleep.
    Life is a bit complicated I have the tutorial on a PC while I try to emulate what your doing on my ipad

  2. Hi Justin panic over its amazing what you can find out when one is determin I have managed to delete all that I did and have found the tutorial thank you.

  3. Wow thanks for the in depth walkthrough of this editing app! I apologize if you mentioned this in the video and I totally missed it but is the app saving your work every few minutes automatically or is there a save button that when tapped will do that? I use FCP and Premiere Pro on the regular and I am used to saving my work every 5 minutes or so. Thanks! Also I am using version 2.0 and I don't see the toolbox on my screen like its shown on the right hand side of the timeline screen in this video.

  4. Hello
    I purchased LumaFusion and I’m watching your tutorials but mine isn’t the same, I don’t even have a tool box , hellllp!!!

  5. Always love your videos, Justin! Thanks! I’m really loving shooting with FiLMiC Pro and editing on LumaFusion on my iPhone XS.

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