How to edit a video on your smartphone

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You’ve planned your video and recorded it on your smartphone…now what?

You might be feeling intimidated by the whole idea of editing and all the technical bits that come along with it. Let’s keep things simple and start small.

Think of editing like this: You’re creating an experience for your viewers by editing your videos, and you can do it really simply with minimal steps.

In today’s episode of Start Small with Video, I’m going to walk you through exactly how to edit a video on your smartphone:



Editing a simple video from 3 recorded clips on your smartphone.

Watch the complete 17-minute guide above and you’ll get to edit a complete short video with me on a smartphone. Here are the main steps:

  1. In the App Store or Google Play Store, search for and download: Adobe Premiere Clip
  2. Open the app and create a new project
  3. Import the video clips that you want to edit together; you can always add more later.
  4. Watch and review your clips to consider which parts of them you want to keep.
  5. Select the parts of a clip you want to keep with the IN and OUT points.
  6. The IN point defines the start of the selection you want to keep, and the OUT point defines the end of the selection you’re keeping from that recorded clip.
  7. If you want to reorder your edited clips, sequence your clips by tapping and dragging one clip to shuffle it among the others.
  8. Export your video from Premiere Clip to save it to your phone’s photo library; then it’s all set for you to upload directly to Wistia, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

But what about adding a logo or some text on screen?

On a smartphone, it’s best to make videos simply in order for them to look good. That means simple shots and simple edits. This all can lead to a video-making process that’s easier for you to get from a video idea to clicking upload, and that’s what will empower you to make more videos more often for your audience.

Let me know in the comments – when it comes to editing, is there an area that you’re struggling with most?

Here’s the exported video from this guide:



I hope this more in-depth episode has been helpful.

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  • Hey Zach nice video as always, I have to say though good luck with this one, It does look like a pretty simplfied version to editing. I mean you have to start somewhere. What software are you using on the advanced side of the wheel

    • Thanks, Art! Exactly, we’ve got to start somewhere and for most business owners that’s with their smartphone.

      To make this episode, I used Zoom to record my iPhone’s screen wirelessly and Adobe Premiere CC for editing. The simpler the workflow, the easier it is to deliver.

      • I agree,Thanks to your help I started with a video camera and have a small studio now. Nothing fancy, but I am thrilled with it. I just need to get my feet wet with it. Google change things around three times and had to relearn Hangouts On Air and their formatting just to watch them drop it in the end, So now I just use the YouTube Live

        and OBS

  • Karen McLain

    When the phone is flipped 90, how does that translate into the Instagram ratio? I hope my question makes sense.

    • When you ask when the phone is flipped 90… are you asking if you record a video on your iPhone in landscape mode, then what happens when you try to post it to Instagram?

      In that scenario, if you post it as a video to your IG profile, by default IG will crop the left and right sides of your shot. But you can change that: When you’re choosing the video from your camera roll, in the bottom left corner of the video (after you select it) you’ll see an icon with two little brackets; tap that and it’ll make IG not crop the left and right sides of your shot.

      • Karen McLain

        Thank you!


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