What are the best video editing apps?

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    #1Adobe Premiere Clip

    Adobe Premiere Clip

    Adobe Premiere Clip is a free app version of Adobe Premiere. You can edit your videos from your phone and export to Premiere Pro CC. The app allows you to add music, apply color looks from Adobe Capture, share your videos quickly.


    Android, iOS


    James Austin
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Adobe makes some of the most popular video and photo editing apps around, and this is the free version of one of their more popular apps. One might want Adobe Premiere if money isn't an issue, but otherwise this is a perfect soluion"
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    Magisto is a smart video editor application which has the capability to make professional looking videos. This app is recommended for people who do not have any prior formal video editing skills. It is available for iOS and Android devices.


    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jonathan Wong
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I'm so happy I came across Magisto. I found myself in need of making videos for my hobby, but I had no experience in that arena what so ever. I was worried about how much it would slow me down to learn video editing myself, but luckily I quickly realized that wasn't necessary because of Magisto. Magisto provided a very simple and guided framework that eliminated the stress of making videos for the first time. "
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    iMovie is a video editing software application. Browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.


    Mac, iOS


    Rebecca Ross
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "After all these years, iMovie is still my standby for painless movie editing! It's still one of the easiest pieces of software in the space to learn that still provides plenty of features for those looking to create something a little more complex. Intuitive for beginners with lots of options for the pros. And with the apps for iPhone and iPad, I can seamless move my projects from device to device while creating beautiful films both small and large. Apple software continues to impress."


Did you know that video cutting is more than just a transition tool for movie scenes? As an aspiring video editor, you need to realize that you play a vital part in the post-processing of the materials. Essentially, video editing is the manipulation of compiled video shots to create new material. It might include different techniques, effects, transitions, cutting, and many more to achieve an aesthetic goal. Every form of cut exudes something and serves a certain purpose in a film. Yet, your role as a video editor goes beyond deciding which frames to show. It is also your responsibility to shape the emotional content of the scenes.

Speaking of cuts, there are several essential cuts that every editor should know. And learning when to utilize them is just as important as learning how to do them. The standard cut or also known as the hard cut is the most basic and common type of cut. It is when you literally cut from clip to clip without any transition. You don't need complex video-editing software for this one. This is achievable in just a few taps and clicks on your video-editing apps in your smartphones. Also, this is commonly utilized when the director wants an abrupt change in visual to connote a fast pacing. Another type is the jump cut. This one is pretty powerful and useful for interview videos--jumping from angle to angle to connote different perspective and adds variation for aesthetic purposes. Yet, another interesting cut is known as the L-Cut. This is kind of tricky yet fun to use! It is when the editor jumps into another shot but the audience is still hearing the audio from the previous shot. This is kind of tricky yet a powerful way to narrate a story, let's say a flashback or some sort of narrative film. It basically contextualizes a conversation. There are a lot more cuts to explore so do not limit yourself to those you learn from watching video-editing channels!

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    #4Pinnacle Studio Pro

    Pinnacle Studio Pro
    Pinnacle Studio Pro is a must have for video editors. This app is easy to use and enables you to edit video, audio and photos very quickly. Has HD support and let you share your creations on your social networks.

    iOS, Windows


    James Evans
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I needed an application that allows me to edit video. With Pinnacle Studio Pro, I got an easy to use application capable of basic video editing. However, because of the limited functionality, I haven't been able to do anything advanced."
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    Cameo is a video editor that lets you combine clips from your Camera Roll to edit, trim and splice. It's easy to use and it allows you to create professional looking videos with high quality filters, themes and the soundtrack you choose.



    Kenneth Miller
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "pretty good and easy to use, for fast editing "
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    Koowalla is an app for video editing and storytelling. You can make multitrack videos with your photos and videos, as well as reaction video where you narrate other footage. When you finish, you can export your project to your phone and share.



    Sharon Carroll
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Koowalla works a lot like Snapchat. You can take pictures and post them to build "Your story." "
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    KineMaster is a professional video editor for your devices. You can apply color LUT filters, add effects, and transitions. The video editing app for Android and iOS supports several layers of video, images, and text. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Barbara Peters
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "KineMaster has been an excellent video editing app. I have used many of them, but always tend to find flaws. This one seems pretty flawless so far. I love the different LUT filters, and the different effects. It's easy to navigate through, and even a beginner could use it. Definite 5 stars for this one!"
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    VivaVideo is a free video editing app where you can easily create professional-looking video stories within a few taps, such as montage, memes, collage, loop clips and duet videos. The app is available on Android and iOS devices.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    William Ward
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "VivaVideo has been the ideal video editing app for my needs. I have a small business and need to create professional looking video stories on a consistent basis. It makes the editing super simple as it can be done with simple taps. The interface is clean as well. What's there to complain about?!"
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    PowerDirector is a video and photo editor app, with timeline video editing feature, and free video effects like slow motion, voice over, and action. The users can share their produced videos on YouTube, Vine, and many more platforms.


    Android, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    William Gordon
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I used Power Director to edit my videos. I really like using the interface."
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    #10Write-on Video

    Write-on Video

    This app is a great alternative to iMovie and Adobe Premiere Clip. With this tool you can easily add texts, stickers, drawings and audio recording to your videos. Download the app and start personalizing your videos.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Roy Rios
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a lightweight and easy to use video editing app that promises to simplify video editing. It isn't the most powerful, nor does it have the most features, but it gets the job done while maintaining a sleek and simple user interface. Ultimately it's fun to play around with, but more powerful apps might be in order if you're editing video professionally."
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    With MovieSpirit you can edit and add media elements to your movie projects editing as a pro. Edit video, photo, music, text, voice and add effects like scene switching effects, text animation and many other things that will make your videos look amazing.




    Dennis Coleman
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Edit your videos with this awesome app. After you are done editing people will think that you are a professional editor."
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    Vont is a free and easy-to-use app where you can add text to videos from more than 400 available fonts. If you want to add text to photos instead you can use the Phonto app.



    Free- with in-app purchases

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    #13VSDC Free Video Editor

    VSDC Free Video Editor

    VSDC is a non-linear free video editor. This software helps you visualize your creativity. VSDC supports all the most popular codecs, filters and video formats.




    Jennifer Gow
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "I use this editor on my desktop and notebook computers to put together short videos of various events I have been involved in. It works using a timeline rather like professional packages and works with a broad range of codecs for both input, working environment and output. I can video from sound tracks to easily work with cut aways. It is capable of doing green screen combinations of action and background. it has a few idiosyncrasies and I am yet to explore it's full capabilities but I will do so as my needs require. I have made videos using a combination of clips from my DSLR, a video camera and my mobile phone and they have edited together seamlessly. The software only reads, copies and combines the original audiovisual files without otherwise touching them. The current version now allows the project file as a package incorporating the source material so the project can be moved to another folder or computer without worrying about the original links. I have paid the small annual subscription to avail myself of the professional version.There is a bit of a learning curve, but it is worth it."
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    Splice is a simple and powerful video editor that allows you to create customized and professional-looking videos. With this app, you can sync video with music, add texts and overlays and share your projects with your friends.



    Grace Moreno
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is a great description for the app. I would love to have something to compare it against to see how it is better than other apps available on the market. If this app can assist the average amateur to edit their videos to appear professional then it is something to celebrate and mass market. Does the app require lots of data space and constant updates? Is there anyway that after using this app that Apple owns or has a right to the videos that were edited through its technologies? The description given above makes me interested in the app and seeking further information. "


Best What are the best video editing apps
1Adobe Premiere ClipApps 17 Free
2MagistoApps 15 Free
3iMovieSoftware 12 Free
4Pinnacle Studio ProApps 11 Paid
5CameoApps 9 Free
6KoowallaApps 7 Free
7KineMasterApps 6 Free
8VivaVideoApps 5 Free
9PowerDirectorApps 4 Free
10Write-on VideoApps 4 Free

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