5 Smartphone Movie Editing Apps For

5 Smartphone Movie Editing Apps For
Welcome to the Crew’s movie editing app recommendations for smartphones.

Films made on phones need editing if you want to tell a story well.

Maybe you don’t edit but just upload immediately. That’s fine too, your film will be immediate and capture a moment but might lack the polish a small business, or blogger might need for product presentation or storytelling.

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Free Movie Editing Apps

There are free filmmaking apps which is a great place for a new user to start. Each one is slightly different but they all do the same things:

  • trim clips,
  • add text,
  • add music
  • and filters- help moderate exposure
  • other fun stuff (depending on the brand).

The software you can download is often a preview of a paid app which means you can try before you buy.

Something to remember if you aim to do a lot of movie making on a smartphone. Free is a great place to start but be prepared to invest in software at some point for real functionality that allows you to be creative with your movies.”

Mobile Phone Film Making Software

We have been researching the kind of software available for both iOS and Android phones. If our post on movie tips inspired you, keep reading for some of the best apps on the market today. Just remember, there is a learning curve with any new device or software so don’t be too hard on yourself as you practice. 

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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 machine, may not be available to you on your smartphone. Advances in technology is increasing the number of apps that bring you close to a fully featured ‘editing suite”  But remember that your ‘phone screen will always be quite small compared to a computer screen so if you have the option to download and edit take it. 

It is important you are happy using an app

The app should be friendly, intuitive, and have enough features to allow you to create a good movie. You also need to feel comfortable. We recommend trying plenty of apps. See which software works for you. There is a learning curve but you should never 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.
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You should be able to create a good quality film from the app of your choice

PRO TIP You need to be able to do the basic tasks listed here. As you expand your skills and knowledge you can 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.

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Three Android Movie Editing Apps getting a lot of positive press

Power Director (free)/$5.99

This is an impressively featured Android (4.3 and upwards) video editor. It also has special effects and slow motion facility. Power Director works with a ‘timeline editor’. The number of features is impressive. 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 clips which can be removed once you purchase the app.

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.

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Two Beginner Apps for iOS Devices iPhone/iPad

iMovie for iOS $6.99

One of the big hitters in the smartphone editing market iMovie comes free with all recent iPhones. You can also buy iMovie in the App Store. 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 iPhone 6s.

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! 

LumaFusion $19.99

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. It is used by active professionals. 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.

Professional Standard Smartphone Software

Once you have got your first movies made and know your apps, you may want to aim for professional quality. If you are aiming for a professional polish on the move, these can be an asset.

Our recommendations are a good place to start experimenting. Research into professional standard apps for your smartphone to find one you can work with. Why? These are much more complex and sophisticated than the apps you start with. There is a very good assessment of the best professional apps here. The best apps for filmmakers 2018 will include some of the following enhancements:

  • More detailed control over many features such as zoom or white balance.
  • A more adjustable frame rate. This is different throughout the world. Frame rates can also control and create more effective movie effects.
  • Sound. Audio meters, professional sound metering including stereo. (Device and ‘phone dependent).
  • Geotagging support

Professional Apps for the Smartphone

Filmic $14.99 iPhone. The extensive list of its features can be seen at the link here. There is also a ‘Classic’ version of the app for older iPhones.

Cinema FV-5 for Android. An extensive range of professional standard features. it is amongst the best film production apps for android.

ProShot – for Windows ‘phones.

Now, you have our recommendations for apps for mobile phone filmmaking! Go and play with the app of your choice.

Playing Matters

The play part is important. Fool around, using footage of your cats going through a training routine, film your drinks bottle from a variety of angles. Use video clips you took on the bus. ANYTHING you like. Then 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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  1. I just made a video of Reggie chasing Jelly Beans with Kinomaster! it’s such a great app, and I’m glad I remembered to check this post for recommendations when I caught him on camera.

  2. Thanks for this list. I always wish there was a way for folks to try the paid apps before they jump and make a purchase (especially the last one you listed which is pretty pricey). It may be amazing, and I’d LOVE to give it a test run before committing.

    We’ve used a variety of video editing tools, and I always wind up going back to iMovie on the laptop, even though there are still swear words involved! Thanks again for putting this together!

  3. I’m going to have to take a closer look at the Android apps you’ve mentioned. I’ve never been a big fan of editing on my phone, but maybe I just don’t like my app. It is amazing how powerful smartphone apps have become! Thank you for the suggestions. 🙂

  4. This is a really great post, Silver! There are so many apps for so many things these days, so we really appreciate your rundown of some quality movie editing apps we can try!

  5. I want to get off my computer and go try this out on my iPhone right now! I’ve been fearful of these apps, but I’m going to jump in and give it a try. Look for an invite ti a movie premiere. No, I’m serious. This is a great, useful blog!

  6. Dat all sounds very innerestin’. We don’t have a smart fone, and mommy says da ipawd doesn’t take fotos or videos very good. They’re all grainy and dark. So we’ll purrobably stick with da camera, but these do sound great. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  7. I use iMovie but have not really done much editing on my phone yet, just clipping length etc. I usually upload to my computer. You have inspired me to go and film a video I have been planning and try more editing on the phone.

  8. My daughter (the aspiring video director) uses I-Movie. Haven’t heard about LumaVision, but will definitely look into it for her. Sounds like it is a few steps ahead of the rest.

  9. This is so helpful, thanks for pulling all this together! Video is a big goal are for me this year. I recently created my very first GIF. An app like one of these would help me so much. I have a few great clips I can’t use because they need more editing than I currently am able to do. Thanks!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  10. I take so many videos on my phone and have never really gotten into editing them. I will definitely be trying some of these! Thanks for the great info.

  11. This is such a great resource! I don’t have a Smartphone and I’ve never tried taking videos … but I’m interested in learning more and this post really helped me figure out what I need to look for!

  12. I’ve never done much movie editing on my phone. I have iMovie and have used it a few times, but I just find it so much easier to edit on the computer. I have a Mac and use iMovie on my computer to do my videos. That LumaFusion app sounds pretty cool though! Thanks for these tips! Pinning!

  13. Great post Silver, there are so many great apps fur phones these days, and though the PA hasn’t quite got into the video thing, she has loads of photo apps, she’ll be definitely referring back to this post to help her get started.

    Thanks fur sharing!

    Bestest purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  14. Technology and I aren’t the best of friends…to say the least. I don’t take many videos of the animals, okay any but I can see the importance of nicely edited videos in order to attract attention. Let’s just say mine wouldn’t (not the right kind anyway!!). If I do decide to branch out and get in the game, I will definitely be using this post as a reference on the best editing apps to consider.

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