The best video editing apps for Android
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Video editing is one of the heaviest tasks a device can perform. On computers, it requires decent specs, tons of RAM, tons of storage, and some know-how to make it work. Phones don’t have the specs or power to replicate experiences like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. However, some apps can do the basics just fine. It’s even good enough for some professional vlogging with a little patience. Here are the best video editing apps on Android, at least until Premiere Rush CC comes to Android. You can also click here to see the best iPhone video editors.
The best video editing apps on Android
ActionDirector video editor
Price: Free / $3.99
ActionDirector is one of the most popular video editing apps on PC. It is also available on Android. It does the basics. You can import clips, edit them and render the video. You can do things like add your own music, cut and trim a video, add text, use slow motion, and more. It is one of the few video editing apps that also supports 4K video. You will however need to check and see if your device supports it. The developers have a nifty tool tied to the Google Play Store to see if yours can. It also receives frequent updates.
Adobe Premiere Rush is one of two above average Adobe video editing applications. The other is Adobe Premiere Clip which is closer to a standard mobile video editor. Anyway, Adobe Premiere Rush is one of the newer video editing apps on the list and it’s pretty good. It comes with lots of must-have features, including multi-track timelines, cloud syncing, and some advanced editing tools. The app still needs some UI work and some bug fixes, but it has a ton of potential. Plus, it’s included in the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, so it’s worth it if you already use this service.
Price: Free / $7.99
FilmoraGo is a video editing application from Wondershare. It’s easily one of the best video editing apps. This video editor packs a punch. You can do the basics like cut and cut, render and that kind of stuff. It also includes the ability to play upside down, make square (1:1) videos for Instagram and 16:9 videos for YouTube specifically. It also supports things like slow motion, transitions, music, overlays, etc. It’s not that bad for what you get. There are in-app purchases which add to the power. However, most features are actually free.
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Funimate is one of the surprisingly popular, but not too powerful, video editing apps. It presents itself as an excellent application for creating music videos or simple videos from what you already have on your device. There are 15 video filters you can play with and the creation process is quite painless. It’s not something you would want to use on serious video. It has things like video effects. However, it’s better for small social media posts rather than actual video production. You can download it for free to try it yourself.
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $9.99 per year / $29.99 once
InShot is a super simple video editor that emphasizes things like filters, video trimming, and shorter videos. It has a reasonably simple timeline editor with multiple video and audio channels. You also get basic tools like cropping, music selection, and various other little things like crossfading. Its toolset, sticker packs, speed controls, and other features make it ideal for things like YouTube, TikTok, and similar platforms. We also really like how it has a one-time price next to its subscription in case you want to go that route.
KineMaster is one of the most powerful video editing applications available and also one of the first. You can do the basics like most of these other video editors. However, this one includes several layers of video, image and effects. Additionally, there are audio filters, chroma key (for your green screen fans), various video effects, transitions, and more. It’s not as powerful as a full desktop editor. However, it does get much closer than most other competitors. We recommend it for actual video production (at least for things like YouTube). You can use it for free in trial mode for a while. However, you will need the $4.99 per month subscription to get everything forever.
Price: To free
Movie Maker Filmmaker among the best free video editing apps currently available. You will be able to trim, crop and rearrange video content as well as set focal points. The app also offers a variety of video effects and you can design your own custom filters, although this feature isn’t incredibly powerful. It also has the rest of the basics, like music. The app has had bug issues since its major overhaul, but it’s still one of the best video editing apps. It is also completely free with ads.
PowerDirector is one of the most comprehensive video editing apps on this list. It comes with a ton of features, including quick editing tools, various effects, and other tools, and it even comes with things like a collage maker and slow motion support. The interface is relatively easy to use and uses the classic timeline editor method. This should be more familiar to those who often do video editing. It’s free to download and use, but you’ll have to shell out some extra money to get all the features. This is a real video editor, especially for larger screens like Chromebooks or tablets.
Quik is part of a new generation of video editing apps. It’s half decent if you need something simple. The way it works is that you add up to 50 photos and video clips in the app. The app then analyzes them and spits out a short video of them. Quik comes with about two dozen video styles, and you can rearrange and customize your video before exporting it. It’s not as powerful as something like Adobe Premiere Clip or PowerDirector, but not everyone needs something so intense. It is free to download with no in-app purchases.
VivaVideo is one of the most popular video editing apps. In practice, however, it is a very intermediate video editor. This works especially well for short clips intended for social media. The app uses a storyboard style of editing where you load clips, edit and trim them as needed, then move on to the next segment. It includes over 200 video filters and various other effects, text input, and support for fast and slow motion. VivaVideo has a free version that comes with a watermark and a time limit for a given video. You can remove these restrictions by purchasing the pro version.
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