This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation.

I am a writer who works for iPad Pro. My job is not only to deliver text articles but also to deliver videos of my coverage.

I edit videos, including narration, on my iPad without using a PC, and upload them to YouTube. This is the fourth year of video coverage. I am not a video production professional, but I feel that video can be a big weapon in making "impart" a job, so I am making it every day (I'm still a beginner, but).

It seems like there are more people like me who need to make simple videos on SNS or business scenes. Today, I'm going to show you an app that's great for creating videos that only use the iPad. YouTuber's debut is not a dream from today! (Maybe.)

Taking on iPhone and editing on iPad

First, let's organize the advantages of editing videos only on the iPad. The most important is mobility. I use iPad Pro 11 inch and the body is light so I can carry it with me anytime. It doesn't take up much space and can be made with less equipment.

With an Apple Pencil, you can do things as detailed as a mouse, or you can touch the timeline directly and edit it. Another advantage is that you can edit them during your free time on the road and upload them to the Internet immediately.

By quickly sharing what's happening right now, you can increase the buzz. So here are the basics of what you need to make video simple and fast on your iPad.

First of all, as for the shooting equipment, I use iPhone XS basically. The benefits are:
  • It's iOS-to-iOS, so it's hard to get data errors
  • You can use AirDrop to move data
  • No special tools required to capture data
  • Sync data automatically with iCloud

The first burden of video editing is loading the shot data into the editing screen. You can start editing right away by sending data from iPhone via AirDrop or iCloud.

Depending on the scene, such as when you walk a lot, you can shoot with action cams such as Go Pro Hero 7 or DJI Osmo Pocket. If you use another camera, you should have a card reader that can load Micro SD or SD directly into your iPad. I have a TUNEWEAR ALMIGHTY DOCK CM2 USB port.

The first step is a free iMovie

The first thing you need to know about editing video on the iPad is how to use iMovie. It's a free video editing app on iOS. If you've been using Apple products for a long time, you'll be familiar with this software.

Main features
  • Support for creating horizontal movies only
  • Edit and export faster
  • Can be used intuitively without knowledge
  • Use picture-in-picture, split-screen, etc.
  • Free BGM with over 80 songs and sound effects
  • Greenback synthesis is possible
  • Caption style is from template only
  • Too few fonts and less freedom
*It also includes features from iPadOS.

▲This is a video made only with iMovie

The advantage is that the processing speed is fast just like Apple's original product, and even beginners can edit videos without thinking deeply. Elementary school students around me were able to operate it for the first time.

Another big point is that you don't have to search for BGM by yourself. When you publish a video on the Internet, the BGM has to be free of copyright, but it's a hassle to find and buy it separately. With iMovie, you can choose from a large selection of songs.

The problem is that the degree of freedom of caption input is low. As you can see at the bottom left of the video, there is no sharpness, so many people may think that it is a little hard to see...

▲View the actual timeline

The bottom part is the timeline, moving from left to right. You can select the material you want to edit (videos and photos) when you create a new one, or you can add it later. Drag and drop the movie asset to move it according to the video structure.

The toolbar at the bottom of the screen is used for editing tickers and cuts. Move the cursor to the NG part or unnecessary part and cut with the scissors icon.

Icon Description
  • Scissor: cutting video
  • Meter: adjusting speed
  • Speaker: volume control
  • T: Ticker input
  • Three circles: Color filter
The ▶◀ between the videos is the part of the motion that connects the videos together. Choose a motion you like, such as a slowly changing dissolve or a transition slide.

Purple on the timeline is audio, and green is BGM. In the video above, In the video you just saw, the audio from the footage is partially "Volume 0" before the narration is dubbed. When I created this video, I talked to the iPad, and I didn't use a special microphone.

Engadget▲When you add a video, you can choose Picture-in-Picture to insert another video into the desired location. It can be used like a variety show.

▲There are nine styles of captions. You can specify the center or the bottom, but you can't put it anywhere you like.

Also, iMovie is available on iPhones, so I use both my iPhone and iPad to work. The main steps are:
  1. Choose the footage you need on your iPhone
  2. Bring them into iMovie on your iPhone and organize it into a single project in order of the story
  3. Cut out obviously unnecessary parts
  4. Export to a single movie
  5. AirDrop to iPad
  6. Fine editing on iPad

With this procedure, you can do rough editing while standing on the train, and it is convenient because you can find spare time and work. After editing, it exports and uploads to YouTube at the same time, so you don't have to do it twice.

If you choose the YouTube icon, you'll be prompted to log in and choose a channel. If you manage multiple channels, be careful not to post incorrectly.

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iMovie (App Store)

Thumbnails as important as the movie


When you upload a video to SNS, the thumbnail is as important as the main video. It needs to be something that attracts viewers and triggers clicks.

For the past few years, I have been using "Phonto", an application that can create images using unique Japanese fonts.

It supports more than 400 fonts and 40 Japanese fonts "Application for inserting character into image". You can change the text size, text color, background color, and stroke.

See how I actually add text and create thumbnails.
Phonto is an app with a wealth of Japanese fonts, perfect for creating YouTube thumbnails. You can't save or re-edit the data you've created after you export it, but it's easy to use, and it's suitable for YouTuber in Japan. You can also add free fonts.

You can also download and install free fonts distributed over the Internet. Only if you download it using Safari and open it with this app. It's perfect for people who want to create unique thumbnails that are a little different from others.

▲Download the free fonts and check the contents of the file. Specify "Copy to Phonto" by Apps from the icon in the upper right.

▲The fonts are installed and you can use them in the app.

The thumbnail in this post is created using the free image cropping site Removebg with cropping and automatic background compositing. You can also combine it with your own photos, so try it out if you want to make an interesting thumbnail.
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How was it? If you've never tried video editing before, and thought it would be difficult, but with the iPad, You can carry it around easily, and in your spare time, "trying to use the app" and "trying to make a video" can be done naturally, so it doesn't take time to improve my skills.

All of the apps I showed you today are intuitive. Install the app and try it out. Would you like to make your YouTuber debut with only an iPad and an iPhone?

This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.