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Those of you who want to create and share quick videos may want to try Apple's Clips app, especially with some of the cool new tricks and tools found in the latest version.

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Apple has updated its Clips app for the iPhone and iPad with new content that you can add to spruce up your videos. The star of the show are the six new Selfie Scenes, which immerse you in a virtual 360-degree background, as described in an Apple news update. You can plop yourself in the laboratory of a mad scientist, a forest of animals, the Millenium Falcon, the bright lights of a big city, and even a panorama from the new "Incredibles 2" movie. Each Selfie Scene makes you feel like you're there by offering vivid visuals combined with evocative background sounds.

Next on the list are three new filters that you can apply to paint your video with a certain look and texture. You can splash on such filters as a black-and-white comic book, a monochrome watercolor painting, and aged film. The latest version of Clips offers new posters that you can insert into your videos. These new posters include ones for science, sports, and silent movies, along with animated ones from "Incredibles 2" and "Coco," both films made by Disney's Pixar.

Clips 2.0.5 throws in new stickers and text labels to add to your videos. And to top it all off, you can snag any one of 17 new royalty-free soundtracks for you to liven up your videos with the right mood music.

With more of us shooting and sharing videos online, a greater need has arisen for robust but simple apps to help us create cool and exciting scenarios. The iPhone and iPad already offer built-in tools for jazzing up your videos with fun filters and other effects. But Clips is a separate, dedicated app designed to help you cook up clever videos no matter how and where you plan to use them or share them.

You can download Clips 2.0.5 for free from the App Store. Clips is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2 and later models running iOS 11.1 and higher. The Style transfer effects require the iPhone 7 or the 2017 iPad Pro and later. The Selfie Scenes work only with iPhones and iPad Pros that have the TrueDepth cameras, such as the iPhone X and later and the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. To learn how to use Clips, check out this Apple support article on "Create and share a video with Clips on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch."

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  1. Apple has spruced up its Clips video app with new Selfie Scenes, posters, stickers, and soundtracks.
  2. People can use Clips to create and share quick videos with different scenes, filters, music, and other effects.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."