How to Edit YouTube Videos on iPhone

Are you a YouTube content creator? If so, what do you use to edit the video you want to upload?

If most of you are still answering computer software like Premiere and Aftereffect, maybe you shouldn’t miss this one—especially for iPhone users. You don’t need to complicate yourself with this kind of method, because you now can also edit your YouTube Videos on iPhone.

What do I Need to Edit YouTube Videos on iPhone?

Before we get into the tutorial, there are mostly three methods that can be used to edit YouTube videos on iPhone: using iPhone Native Video Editor, using iMovie, or using third-party video editing apps available on the Apple App Store.

Although all of those three are not much different and mainly have the same function—video editing—, but the method you choose really depends on what kind of editing you want. Do you want a simple video editing? Or a complex video editing that requires a lot of features, elements, effects, and layers?

Using iPhone Native Video Editor

If you just want to edit simple videos that don’t require any professional touch, then you’re in a good hand. Why? Because Apple themselves has embedded a built-in native video editor in the iPhone, which can facilitate users in simple video editing. To do this method, you must follow the steps written below:

  • Open the Photos app on your iPhone by tapping the corresponding icon.
  • Then, and open the album that stores the YouTube videos that you want to edit.
  • Tap the video, then the video will automatically open.
  • Switch to full-screen mode so that the edit options at the bottom can appear, then select it.
  • After entering the editing view, you can edit your YouTube videos as you want, and tap the “Done” button if you are satisfied with your editing results.

Simple, right? Of course, this method is not recommended for those who want to edit videos that require more professional approach. With that being said, let’s move on to the next method.

Using iMovie

What is iMovie? iMovie is a video editing app that is available for free and can be downloaded by both iPhone and Mac users. Unlike the iPhone native video editor which can only operate simple editing features such as trimming videos and changing its video orientation, iMovie has a myriad of features that can be considered sufficient for editing standard YouTube videos.

However, iMovie is not installed by default on iPhone devices. Therefore, you need to download it manually on the Apple App Store. So, without any further ado, let’s move on to the steps:

  • Open the App Store, then search for “iMovie” and tap download. Wait for the application to finish installing.
  • Once the app is installed, find the video you want to edit through the photo app first. Similar to the first method, tap the edit icon, but this time tap on three-dots at the bottom, and then select the option that says iMovie.
  • After you have successfully entered your video into the iMovie edit screen, you are free to edit your YouTube video with whatever features you want.
  • The editing features you need are located in the menu bar at the bottom. The first scissors-shaped icon is used to cut and trim the video. Then the second icon is for changing the color scheme, the third is for adding text and subtitles, then the last one is for adding background music to your video.
  • After you are satisfied, press “Done” in the lower right corner, wait until your video is finished saving, and your video is ready to be uploaded to YouTube.

Using Third Party Video Editing Apps

Although iMovie offers quite a rich feature set for editing YouTube videos on iPhone, of course there will be times when you need editing features that iMovie doesn’t have. At times like this, you need third party video editing apps.

The steps that you need to do is more or less the same as the second method. Because the application is not installed by default on your iPhone, you have to download it yourself from the Apple App Store.

There are several free third-party applications that can be used as alternative options for editing YouTube videos, including; KineMaster, Power Director and Filmora.

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