After releasing the social video app, Clips, in April this year, Apple has now updated the app with a redesigned interface, Augmented Reality (AR) selfie backgrounds, artistic and Star Wars effects. The update also adds a bunch of new stickers that use machine learning (ML) and style transfer technology. While the update is available for iPhones and iPads, the AR features are exclusive to the iPhone X.
With the new update, Apple is trying to show off the capabilities of iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera. I tried using the updated app and am completely impressed with its capabilities. Using Clips on the iPhone X, you can create a 360-degree scene and explore by moving the camera around. Let’s take a look at what all features you get with the new Clips update.
We begin with Selfie Scenes. Apple has added 10 different scenes to choose from – featuring different characters, unique locations, visual styles. However, I feel the two scenes from Star Wars are likely to excite people. While Clips has always offered Prisma and Instagram like filters, the new Selfie Scenes allow users to interact in the AR landscape. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X: Here’s how to bring back the home button
To try these filters on the iPhone X, you will see an option called ‘Scenes’ in the bottom half. After clicking on this, you can slide from left to right to choose the Selfie Scene. Once the selfie scene is chosen, you then need to press and hold the red capsule button to record the clip. You can also add ‘live tiles’ where it converts speech to text on screen. The option is available on the left of the red capsule. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X display better than Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s: DisplayMate
Effects and Stickers
On the right of this capsule like record button, there is a star icon to add labels, stickers and emojis. There’s too much to choose from and play around with. There are characters from Disney, full-screen posters featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Star Wars stickers of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Darth Vader among others. You can also add personality to the videos by adding soundtracks and some Apple-designed stickers too. Here’s a short clip that I shot using the Clips app on the iPhone X. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 XL Vs Apple iPhone X Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Camera Comparison
Apple has also added iCloud support in the updated version of Clips app. This will allow you to create, access and edit clips across devices. So, you can record a clip and save it to iCloud on your iPhone, and edit it on your iPad. The final version is saved to the iCloud photo library, which means after you’re done editing on the iPad, you can download the clip on your iPhone and then share it across social networks.