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Trimming your video
When you pressed the start button, you have probably recorded about two seconds of silence as you go from manipulating buttons...to speaking into the lens. Another typical thing about video is that - as you pronounce your last words - it takes about two seconds to then press the stop button.
You will want to remove the top and tail ends of your recording to prepare it for broadcasting.
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This is particularly useful if you keep recording as you start speaking, make a mistake and start from the beginning. You can use the trim function at the start to scroll to the start of the correct take, and trim your video so it starts with the good take.
To access the editing function of your iPhone, go to Photos, and select the recording that you have made. When you choose "Edit", the yellow timeline will appear at the bottom and you can now move the 'in' and 'out' positions by gently repositioning the < and > extremities of the yellow editing bar.
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When you are unsure about the accuracy of your actions, select "Save as a new clip". That means you have now created an edited (trimmed) copy of your original recording. In case you accidentally cut off the first half word, you can still go back to the original clip and start again.
Once you become an experienced iPhone video editor, you can venture down the path of choosing "Save Clip". You now replace the original clip by the trimmed one, decluttering your phone's memory and keeping things well organised, with only finished videos in your Photos app.
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