Silver here welcoming you to the Crew’s smartphone movie editing app recommendations. We want to focus totally on pet lovers and pet bloggers who want to get their pets, or sponsors products, online and looking great in movies – using top smartphone software.
Thanks to requests from our readers we have been researching the kind of software available for both iOS and Android phones, and I as the most experienced cat on our staff, will guide you through our top recommendations. If our post on movie tips inspired you – keep reading for some of the best apps on the market today.
First a question from newbies:-
What Should Smartphone Movie Editing Apps Do?
One thing to remember is that the kind of computer power usually needed for editing, on a full-sized computer, is not available to you on a smartphone, but the number of apps coming out that bring you close to a fully featured ‘editing suite’ is growing all the time.
It is vitally important you are happy using an app – it needs to be user-friendly, intuitive, and have enough features to allow you to create a movie of good quality. You also need to feel comfortable, so try these out – see which is a good fit for your style of working and go with it. There is a learning curve but you should not feel intimidated by the software.
Most apps allow you a free trial with limited functionality – this is great as it allows you to get the feel of the software before you buy. We are recommending three apps for Android and two for iOS, and, while we can’t play with Android apps ourselves we use iMovie apps and have a good idea about what a useable video editor should include.
What Should Movie Editing Apps DO?
You should be able to create a good quality film from the app of your choice. You need to be able to do the basic tasks listed, and as you expand your skills and knowledge, call on more of the apps functionality to help you grow:-
- Easily edit/trim clips to tell your story
- Adjust colour and brightness
- Add text
- Add filters/special effects (like slow motion)
- Use Transitions (the little effects between clips)
- Preview your movie and edit again…
- Share easily on social media
- Upload easily to a computer or the cloud.
Let’s look at three Android ‘Phone Movie Editing Apps getting a lot of positive press recently.
Power Director (free)/$5.99
This is an impressively featured Android (4.3 and upwards) video editor that includes quick editing tools, special effects and slow motion facility. It works using what is called the ‘timeline editor’ (your film is a strip in an easy to see and edit line on your screen) and the number of features is huge. Video effects, collage creation, voice over and soundtrack capabilities – look interesting? The full range of features can be found here. Worth considering if you want to provide quality product promotions for a sponsor’s tasty cat food.
Kinemaster Pro (free)
Android 4.1.2 upwards. An impressive smartphone video app, and all the more covetable for being free! There is a long list of features including multitrack audio, colour adjustment and voice recording (for voice overs). Kinemaster is used by mobile journalists, YouTube creatives, educators and short film producers – which should be enough to make you give it a try. The app is versatile enough to give you professional polish, and also turn its technical hand to make lightweight fun movies.
FilmoraGo Android Free/$1.59-3.99
This is the friendliest movie editor for smartphones on the market. It has a range of movie editing tools including an all-in-one video editor that allows you to reverse videos, slow and speed up clips, add transitions, overlays and filters. You can also add titles and adjust colour and sharpness. The free option has a logo on the footage which can be removed once you purchase the app, if you like it.
NOTE FilmoraGo is meant to be for iOS as well as Android but the feedback from Apple users is not wholly positive so we do not recommend it when you can access the two apps below.
Two apps for iOS Devices iPhone/iPad
One of the big hitters in th smartphone editing market iMovie comes free with all recent iPhones – but it can also be purchased. A full list of the many features can be found here and they make it the best budget editor you can get under the iOS banner. The App makes editing strightforward for those using an iPhone, and we have edited on an iPhone 4S as well as an iPhone6s.
The range of trailers and themes adds an extra weapon to the armoury of those who don’t think they can move smartphone movies – trailers are a lot of fun and very easy to create – they come complete with a pre-set layout and music – job done and lots of fun!
This stellar app for iPhone and iPad is the most full featured and immensely versatile app on the market for iOS.
Luma Fusion is a powerful multi-track video editor used by professionals on the go, people like journalists, film makers and pro video producers If that sounds scary listen to what the creators have to say “If you’re not a “Pro” yet, our video tutorials, world-class free support, and incredible community of video enthusiasts and professionals on our forums will help you get there.” This is an app whose creators want you to get the most out of it and are ready to step up and help.
Now, you have our recommendations for apps. Go and play with the app of your choice. The play part is important – fool around, using footage of your cats, your dog going through a training routine, video clips you took on the bus, ANYTHING – and practice, and practice and practice! Then come back and show us the fun you had!!
If you need movie making tips, don’t forget our valuable post here on taking those next steps.
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