With more and more smartphones and tablets featuring front and rear cameras, large amounts of internal storage and impressive processing power, it's becoming increasingly plausible to turn your mobile phone or tablet into a mobile movie studio. Apple already provides the solid iMovie free with new iOS devices, but there's also a wealth of third party options on both major mobile OS's for the enthusiast or professional. Check out 10 of our favorite mobile video editing apps.
Adobe Premiere Clip (Android, iOS) is a free solid multi-purpose video editing tool that's equally good at automatically stitching together videos or providing more solid editing tools. Users can drag and drop photos and video clips in a timeline interface, add transitions and music, and even import custom special effects from other Adobe Creative Cloud tools. You can let the app stitch together selected videos with a variety of soundtracks by itself. You can then share your videos on a variety of social media platforms, or export them to Adobe's Creative Cloud.
Vee for Video provides users with seamless, high-quality video shooting and editing all within a single app. Vee allows you to shoot videos at up to 1080p and with variable frame rates, and then quickly move your video clips into editing. Editing is a snap, with users able to easily reorder clips, trim, adjust speed, add filters, as well as a soundtrack from music stored on your device. Additional tools include a stabilizer for keeping your shots steady, as well as focus and exposure adjustments.
Magisto is an Android and iOS video editor ideal for users without the technical know-how to get into the nitty-gritty details. Users take photos and videos, and then choose which ones to use as raw material for the video. You input a title and choose from a selection of audio tracks to accompany your video, then upload the clips and wait for it to process. The app presents you with a video highlight reel thanks to an algorithm that chooses the best snaps and video clips and incorporates cuts and effects to match the music and material.
WeVideo is a free, cloud-based Android and iOS video editor app that lets users stitch together photos and videos into a single video presentation. You can take photos or video with the app or use existing material, arrange videos and photos on a timeline, trim, add a soundtrack, and select a style for transitions, effects, overlays and captions. Videos can be rendered on your phone, on the desktop WeVideo editor, or through the cloud. Free users will have watermarks on their videos, and have a limit of 5 minutes of published video time monthly.
While apps like Magisto aim to put neatly edited video and photo montages within reach of the average user, Lumify tries to give users a little more control for editing material. A free iOS app, Lumify aids users from the moment you start recording (with image stabilization, focus, exposure and white balance tweaks), all the way to applying filters and soundtracks, video trimming, soundtrack syncing, speeding up and slowing down video, adding titles, photos, zooming and cropping.
Vidtrim is an Android app for editing and trimming video clips, and much more. The app has trimming videos down pat, letting you cut away boring moments, but it also includes a varied set of features such as ripping a video's audio into an MP3 file, applying video effects, transcoding a video, ripping frames into images and adding audio.
VideoGrade emphasizes speedy results and accessibility, while also offering some pretty strong color grading options and presets for tweaking look and feel. The values for your edits can be adjusted with sliders, and the ability to save presets is encouraging for those who like to experiment. Unfortunately, the lack of a video capture and editing function means that you have to rely on other apps to shoot and combine videos.