Vertical videos? So you can edit them on iPhone, iPad and Mac — 2022

Vertical videos abound more and more on social networks and surely on many occasions you have wondered how to edit a video of this type. Well, in this post we are going to tell you how you can do it on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, with completely free tools and, if you want, also with somewhat more professional options.

Vertical videos have become fashionable

As we said, videos in vertical format are the order of the day . When, before, audiovisual content was always consumed in a horizontal format, the arrival of social networks and, above all, the fact that the devices where this type of video is consumed are smartphones, has meant that, for the convenience of the consumer, this type of content is completely adapted to the media in which they are consumed.

Vertical video consumption

After all, most of the time users hold their iPhone or any other smartphone in their hand, vertically, which is really how the device itself is designed. In this way, in order to get attention as fast as possible with a video and not force the user to turn the phone, the vertical format has become the king of this type of consumer and, above all, on platforms such as social networks. A great example of this is the Instagram stories and reels or their own tiktok videos , even other platforms such as YouTube have begun to implement the famous Shorts , which are short vertical videos.


Therefore, for all those users and even businesses or companies that want to have a significant presence on these social networks, it is vital to have the right tools to generate this type of content in the best possible way. That is why below we present you different ways to edit vertical video with iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Use iMovie as a free option

The most viable option for any type of user is to start by editing their videos in a application that is completely free , and perhaps, as you go along, if you need more tools, you can make the leap to other more professional tools for which, of course, you will have to pay.

Therefore, the best option that users who have a iPhone, an iPad, or a Mac it's iMovie. It is the free video editor that Apple itself has thought, designed and developed for those people who want to start in video editing. It is not really a specific app for vertical videos, but it does provide you with that option. Of course, perhaps the steps you have to follow to obtain a vertical video are not as comfortable as possible, since this application does not allow you to modify the video format. Despite this, this is not a problem to get a vertical video, here are the steps you have to follow.

  1. Import your recorded clips vertically into iMovie.
  2. Drag them to the timeline.
  3. Edit your video as if you were going to export it in landscape format. rotate video on iPhone
  4. When you're done editing rotate all the clips to the right. scale video vertical Final Cut Pro
  5. Export the video.
  6. On the Mac use QuickTime to rotate the video to the left. On iPhone or iPad, in the Photos app, rotate the video to the left.

More professional payment applications

Once you know one of the free tools that you can use to create these vertical videos, we have to talk about those that are more sophisticated. In this case we have chosen three that are perfectly adapted to each of the Apple devices, the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad, in this way if you want to use one of these devices preferentially and make the most of its full potential you can do so easily.

Final Cut Pro on macOS

Obviously, if we talk about a professional video editor for the Mac, we have to do it with Final Cut Pro. This is the application that the company from Cupertino has conceived, designed and developed for professionals in this sector , and of course, it has all the tools that a user needs to be able to create completely professional vertical videos . In addition, the steps you have to follow to be able to do it are really simple. We show them below.

  1. Open Final Cut Pro on your Mac.
  2. Select File.
  3. Click Create, and then click Project.
  4. Choose the Event where you want to store this project.
  5. Select the Video tab.
  6. Choose the Vertical option.
  7. Choose the desired resolution for your video.
  8. Click OK.

With these simple steps you will already have your project created to start editing your video in vertical format. However, by the time you get down to editing you have to take into account the way in which you have recorded the video . In case you have made it horizontal with your camera or your iPhone, you will have to zoom in on each clip so that it occupies the entire proportion of it. On the other hand, in case you have recorded the video directly vertically, you will have to rotate it and zoom in, for this you just have to follow the following steps.

  1. Drag the clip onto the timeline.
  2. Select it and open the inspector.
  3. Modify the rotation angle to 90º so that the video is vertical.
  4. Scale it so that the clip fills the full aspect ratio of the video.
  5. Do these steps for all the clips you want to include in your video.

InShot for iPhone and iPad

If there is an app ideal for editing video in vertical format both from the iPhone and from the iPad , that's InShot. In this case you have to take into account that it is an app that is initially free, but if you do not want its watermark to appear in each and every one of the videos you make with it you will have to pay to use it . Of course, once you pay on one of the two devices you can use it indefinitely, that is, you won't have to pay the subscription to use it on the iPhone and iPad individually, but it works for both devices.

However, if you're going to really rock vertical videos with the iPhone or even the iPad, it is highly recommended , since it has a large number of tools that will be great for you to be able to obtain very professional results without leaving your mobile device. In addition, its interface is very simple and intuitive to use, so the learning curve is very fast, in fact, one of the advantages that InShot has is that the way to use it is the same in both operating systems, it is In other words, as soon as you know how to edit a video on iOS, you will also know how to do it with the iPadOS version. Once you have downloaded it, to edit a video you just have to follow the following steps.

  1. Open InShot on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Under Create new select Video.
  3. Click on New.
  4. Select the clips you want to be part of your video. However, if you later want to add or remove any, you can do so without any problem.
  5. Once you have chosen the clips, click on the green tick at the bottom right of the screen.
  6. Use the tools present to edit the video.
  7. When you have finished editing, you just have to export the video to your computer's reel or publish it directly from the App itself on the different social networks.