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How to Edit Videos on iPhone & iPad (LumaFusion Tutorial!)

How to Edit Videos on iPhone & iPad (LumaFusion Tutorial!)


– In this video we’ll show you exactly how to edit your
videos on iPhone and iPad step by step using one
of the most powerful, video editing apps for
iPhone right now, LumaFusion. Hey it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We help entrepreneurs and business owners amplify their business and
their brand using video. If you’re new here, then make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything
we mention in this video you can find linked in
the description box below. Let’s jump into it. Every year the video
editing apps on both Android and iPhone seem to get
more and more powerful. We recently released a full overview of the video editing landscape
on both iOS and on Android and for right now, LumaFusion was one of our top recommended picks when it came to best
iOS video editing app. So in this video we’re gonna dive into a full LumaFusion tutorial. I’m gonna show you
exactly how to edit videos on iPhones and iPads step
by step using LumaFusion. Make sure you stick around to the end because after that I’ll also share three bonus tips that everyone can use to speed up your editing and reduce rework no matter which apps you choose. While you’re here, if you
haven’t used LumaFusion before, then make sure to drop a comment below and let us know what your current favorite video editing app is for
your smart phone or tablet. So now for the tutorial. We’re gonna open up LumaFusion. The first step, as it says,
is to press the plus button to create your project, so we’ll do that. Plus down in the bottom left corner. Give the project a name and hit done. There you can see you’ve got the settings for your frame rate,
your frame aspect ratio. So we get to choose from a heap of different options in there. We’ll stick to 30. Your aspect ratio, again if you’re gonna do Instagram Stories or
you want a one by one video for Facebook or for Instagram, you’ve got all of that
functionality in here. For this we’ll just leave it as 16 by nine and we’ll go to create
project and hit that plus. This is the interface and
one of the coolest things about this interface is that you can actually change how it looks. Up in the top right-hand corner
you’ve got a layout button. When we press on that, you get
to choose different layouts for different stages
of your editing project or just to customize so
that it works best for you. We can see a couple of
different layouts here, but the one I like to leave
it on is just the default which is the top left. This is the overall interface. You’ve got your playback or
preview window at the top right, you’ve got your toolbox on
the right hand side, here, which is where all your
editing options are. You’ve got your plus button, which is where you can add in media. On the left hand side
you’ve got a toggle switch to toggle your audio bars. You can see that the audio bars
are on there at the moment. If we press that button we’ll hide that. If we press it again, the
audio will totally disappear. I actually like to leave it on this one, so I can see where the volume is at. The first thing we’ll do is
bring in some video footage. Now you’ve got a couple of different ways that you can do this. You can actually bring
it in from your phone. You can see that we’re
currently on photos. If your video assets aren’t
in that photos folder, then you can tap up in the top left corner and you can change where you’re actually gonna be importing your files from. I’ll close out of that one now because up in this top right hand corner, those three dots, if we press on that, you can also choose import media. This will let you bring in media from things like iCloud, Dropbox,
Google Drive, OneDrive, so it makes it really easy to import media from those sources as well. The footage we’re gonna
use is under photos for me, it’s under moments, and we’ll scroll down and pick this clip here. Tap on that to bring it
up in our preview monitor. Up in this window you
can play back the clip or you can actually trim
down the clip up here before you even get it
down to your timeline. You can see those blue handles
on either side of our clip. We can actually pick those up and drag it in to adjust the start time, to make our clip start a bit later. We’ve got the same on the end if we want to trim off the end of our clip, up here. We can slide that in as well. Once we’re happy with
that, then we can hit the import button and that will drop it down into our timeline. You don’t have to make all of your edits up in that top window,
you’ve got the same controls down at the bottom here,
when you tap on the clip, you’ll get the sliders or the handles that you can adjust to adjust those in and out points here, as well. With the timeline, you can
just pinch to zoom in and out on your timeline and you can tap to drag to swipe along the clip. For the purpose of this video,
I’ll bring in a second clip. I’ll actually bring in the same one again, just a second copy of it. This time I’ll bring in the full clip and I’ll hit the button to
drop it down into the timeline. Cool, so you can see we’ve got two clips in our timeline there. Now with these clips you can pick them up, you can move them around, we
can put it before the other one or we can pick it up and we
can actually put it up a layer so that we’ve got layered video. This is where you would put
your B roll video footage, so if we’re talking about something on the bottom video layer
and you want to show it with an example, you can
drop it up on the layer above and that will then show
and play over the top of your video file
while you’re playing it. Again, you can adjust the
start time, the end time, on these clips and pick
them up and move them just by tapping and holding
and dragging the clip to where you want to start and finish. It’s really, really powerful. We’ll zoom in on our clip here and say we want to remove
the start of this clip. Now we can, as we’ve just shown you, tap on the clip, and drag that handle to adjust the start time or if
there’s a chunk of your video that you want to remove in the middle. So if we want to put a cut about here, you can actually come
across and hit the scissors, on the side, that will
split our clip in two. So now we’ve got two clips
here in our timeline. If we want to delete one of them, we can select the one we want to delete and then press the trash
can, here on the left and that clip has been removed. You can see that it’s
actually kept our B roll clip on the top, here, in sync. It slid that across for us in time while we deleted that
clip, so that is awesome. This is the functionality that you’ll get in professional editing software or proper editing software
that you’re used to on your desktop computers. So you go through here
and you would cut down your video files, get out all the cuts. You’d remove anything that you
don’t want in your project. You’d add your B roll footage and get everything edited down first. While you’re editing your clips, there’s also a few other tools and things you can use
to help refine your edit and get the look that you’re after. Select a clip, we’ll come
over here to this toolbox, and in here you can edit the clip. Just go to edit. This is where we can pinch to zoom, on the top preview window here. We can zoom in on the clip and position it to how we want it. We can rotate the clip if we want to, if we want to correct the horizon. You can also add key frames
in here, which is really powerful to create your
own custom animations or movement in your videos. We’ll hit the plus here,
on size and position, and that will create a
key frame at that point. That will lock our settings
and everything at that point. Then we just need to come across to where we want that effect or movement. To finish, we add another key frame. At that point, we make
adjustments to what we want. So let’s just make it a bit bigger, maybe reposition the shot. So it’s going to transition between or move between these two pointers. I’ll rewind here now, so
we can play that back. This was the start. Then at that point, it’s going to start transitioning between those
two settings that we had set. So in our case, to making it bigger. That’s really cool. Up in the top right hand corner, you’ve also got some default
or presets that you can apply. Now we definitely aren’t gonna cover off on all the features in here because there are a heap of them, but you’ve got simple things
like your size adjustments, you’ve got ability to flip or mirror your video files as well. If you’re needing to rotate your footage, then you can rotate your
footage easily in here as well. Down at the bottom, you’ve
also got speed adjustments. You can also adjust the volume
of your clip in here as well. If we hit that volume
button down at the bottom, you can see you can adjust
the volume up and down. You’ve also got some cool audio filters that you can have, a high pass filter, a low pass filter, if you want to change how your audio sounds or maybe remove some sounds in your audio. The third one, on the bottom here, is your color and effects. If we have a look in here then there is some presets that you can use to apply. That’s a great frame grab there. Just drag that across a bit. Not that I’m probably
gonna find a better one. But you’ve got some presets
here that you can use to start to dial in the colors or you can pick any of these presets and you can come down to the bottom here and you can customize them up. So you’ve got the ability
to adjust the levels of the colors, so we
can increase the blacks by dragging this along,
change the grays as well. I’ll undo this because I’m
making it look really bad. But you have so much control
over the image, here. One of the coolest things
is that you’ve also got your saturation, your brightness as well. But you’ve also got the ability to dial in the individual colors. There’s a heap of color correction tools. I’m gonna say it is the
most comprehensive set of color correction tools across
any app on iOS or Android. I’m really impressed with this. We’ll back out of this now. Now let’s take a look at the audio. So if we want to bring
in some audio clips, come back up here in the left corner. Let’s go to royalty free music. So there’s music that comes
with this app as well. Let’s just pick Sentimental Romantic, why not, and Touching Moment. So when we select it, it brings
it up in the preview monitor and again we can adjust how
much of it we want to bring in by adjusting these
sliders or handles here. If you just want to drop that audio track down into your timeline,
then press the import button. You can see, it’s now a green track that’s dropped down into our timeline. We can again touch on it, slide it, bring it back to the
start of our clip, here. If you really want to dial in your audio and adjust the individual volumes for each of those tracks,
we’ll head back up here and select audio, might need
to press it a couple of times. When we hit play now, you can actually see the different audio levels and you can adjust them
while you’re playing. You can slide this down
to make the music quieter or you can make the talking louder. We’ll zoom in now and we’ll
add a title in here as well. There’s two ways you can do it. You can hit plus down at the bottom, here and choose Overlay Title or you can come up to the top, here and choose a preset title. We’ll pick Titles, there’s
a heap of presets in here that you can use that
have already been created that you can just edit up. Let’s just pick the most
basic one, Classic Main. We can press on that and drag
it down into our timeline. We’ll drop it down there somewhere. Again, we can pick it up,
we can move it around. We can make it longer or
shorter using those handles. We want to edit it, we tap on it, we hit the little toolbox on
the side and we’ll choose edit. There’s some more presets
that you’ve got over here for this title or again
you can customize it up to the way that you want it to look. You can also move the
text around the screen. You can also adjust the
text box size as well. If you want to have text
wrapping around in here, then you can make a bigger box or you’ve got all your size adjustments and everything down here as well. If you want to actually edit the text, which I’m sure you’ll really want to do, then come over here to the edit button. This will let you type in your text. We’ll back out of that now. Another thing you can do in here is add transitions onto
your video clips as well. Fade ins or you can get
pretty crazy with transitions. So we’ll add a cut in our timeline here and we can come up to the top
here and choose Transitions. So for this one, I’ll just grab a Dip. Press and hold on it, drag
it down into the timeline, right at that joint. When we let it go, we’ve
now got a transition that happens between our two clips. Once you’re happy with your video and you want to save it out, you just come up to the top
here to the export button. You can choose Movie, Audio Only, you can archive your project,
or you can save a screenshot. Let’s just choose Movie. You’ve got the options to
save it to your photos app, your iCloud, Dropbox, heap
of other options in here. Direct to YouTube, direct
to Facebook or Vimeo or you can just save it out so you can use it on other apps and it’s gonna save it
direct to your phone. What I would imagine most
people would be using would be the photos app or
maybe the bottom one, other app. So we’ll just choose Photos App, here and you can see you’ve got a
heap of settings once again to get the maximum quality of your video, to really dial everything in. This video was shot at 1080p,
so it’s already defaulting at 1080p, but you have the ability to export in higher or lower quality, depending on the videos
that you’re creating. Again, you can adjust the frame rate, you can adjust your video
quality and bit rate. So if you want the best
quality out of this, then choose Extreme 50
megabits per second. You can also change your
video codec as well. At this point I’d recommend
still sticking with H264, but you have the option
there to change that up. As you can see, a heap of options in here. You’ve even got the ability to edit and export 360 VR video as well. Once you’re happy with
those, come up to the top and hit share with these settings. That will save the video
out to your device, so that you can then share
it on your social media or wherever you want the video to go. That’s it, you’ve now got all the basics for some really powerful editing, right from your iOS device. To get your editing done even faster, I’ve got three tips that will help you speed up your work flow, no matter what editing app or device you’re using. These are only gonna save you more time the bigger your projects get. Tip number one is to focus
on your content first. What a lot of people will
do when it gets to editing is they’ll import their video files and they’ll start color correcting them and adding effects and all the things to make your videos look good first, instead of cutting down your content. If you do that, you’re actually
gonna slow down your device or your system for editing
because it’s going to have to apply all of those color effects and everything that you’ve applied to your timeline while you’re editing. So it’s gonna slow down
your system or your phone, but also you might find
that there’s something actually wrong with your content. That you’ve missed something
or that the audio has gone bad or that the lighting is
terrible and it’s not fixable, so you actually want to find
that out as soon as you can in the editing process in case you’ve got to go and reshoot something. Instead of much further down the track when you’ve got everything color corrected and all your effects in there. So focus on cutting
your content down first, then afterwards get to all of your color correction and effects from there. Tip number two flows on from that and it’s actually a quick way
to cut your content down fast. That is by editing backwards. So with a video like this where
you’re presenting to camera, typically what will happen
is that you will only move on when you’re filming to the next take, the next paragraph, the next sentence, once you’re happy with the best take. Which means that the best
take that you’re presenting, is actually the last one. So when you get to your editing, if you actually edit backwards, so right to left instead of left to right, you’ll actually be hitting
those best takes first which saves you the hassle of
playing through your footage, starting the editing,
marking your in and out, and adding your cuts, and then finding, oh this actually isn’t,
I did another take, this isn’t the one. Then you’re gonna do that again and you might find that
three or four times, depending on how good you
are presenting to camera. So by editing backwards
and starting at the end of your video files and
working backwards through it, you’ll actually remove that hassle because you’ll always
hit the best take first. So, edit backwards. Tip number three, for best quality, you want to make sure that
all of your settings match. So whatever frame rate and resolution that you’re recording your videos in, wherever possible, you actually edit in that same frame rate and resolution and then you’re exporting
at exactly the same. That way you’re maintaining
the same quality throughout. If you’re filming your videos
at 1080p, 30 frames per second then make sure you set
up your editing project to be also 1080p, 30 frames per second and then again for the export. If the three of these
don’t line up perfectly, then it can reduce the
quality of your videos, but it can also introduce
things like motion issues. If you’ve got lots of motion
and movement in your shots, then it could be really jagged or jittery as you’re exporting your video files. It’s a good idea to check
what your settings are in your camera and match
them wherever you can in your editing project and your export should match that as well. Now with your editing sorted, it’s time to make sure that you’re getting the best quality video. So we’ve put together a free PDF guide that’s packed full of tips that
you can implement right now to maximize the quality of the videos that you’re shooting with your smartphone. Click the link on screen to grab it for either iPhone or Android. I’ll see you soon.

16 thoughts on “How to Edit Videos on iPhone & iPad (LumaFusion Tutorial!)”

  1. As soon as I read your newsletter in my inbox I knew it would lead to a LumaFusion tutorial. I've had this app for a good few weeks and love it. It has the simplicity of imovie but a lot more powerful and works really good on my iPad pro. Only problem I have with your videos is they're addictive and I'm sometimes watching them till 3 in the morning. 🙂 A real game changer for my YouTube channel coming soon. Thanks Justin!

  2. I just loaded LumaFusion and when I go to get the free music to add to my timeline it only shows iTunes. It the royalty free music no longer available? If so how do I get to that

  3. Hi justin. What’s the best app for iPhone. I want to move a football badge into another picture? Thanks 👍

  4. Good program yet it will really be stellar once they add the ability to stabilize video and copy and paste clip! Fyi it’s currently on sale for 14.99.

  5. Thanks for great videos. I’m looking for your video on storage of raw and edited material. I use my iPhone to shoot video and iMovie to edit.

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