Review of all Mobile Video Editing Apps 2017


Which Video Editing App
to use on your Smartphone?


Editing completely freaks people out. So many people say "I can film" but if only i could edit I could be the best film maker. At Travelvids.tv we believe that it's actually all about the filming. If you plan your video and shoot it according to this plan, your editing will become as easy as painting by numbers. But naturally you have to know the process. The good thing is the process to editing a video is almost the same on all the Apps we are going to look at in the article. (And believe me its a lot). Don't believe me? Then do yourself a favour and watch us demonstrate the the same video edit across two platforms in this article.

Now just because the process is the same for all platforms doesn't mean you will like working on all of them. Some are better designed to get the job done fast and others to add fluffy animated emoji icons. Depending on your style of desired video, workflow and video outcome needs, there might be one app "better suited" than another. Perhaps you just don't like working a certain colour interface. We are going to give you the 33 best rated app the iStore & Google Play store have to offer. Below are 3 charts. Each is filled with Mobile Device Editing Apps according to the operating system they were designed for. We have included the name, developer, app rating as per the public in September 2017 as well as a two tier pricing info. Please note that these prices are obviously subject to change according to the apps developers discretion. I will explain the pricing in a little more detail later on in this article.

Side note: If you search for the app in the App Store or in Google Play Store include the Developer Namer in the search to fine tune. There are many Apps with the same same and similar logo icons.

Top 5 Video Editing Apps compatible with both Android & iOS Devices

No


Name


Developer


Downloads


App Rating


Price Tier 1

Price Tier 2

1

VivaVide​​​​​o

QuVideo Inc.

100mil  on Android

4.6 / 5

 $3 Remove Watermark 

$7 Unlock Premium

2

VideoShop

Appsolute inc.

10mil on Android

4.7 / 5

FREE                               

Buy Tokens**

3

Magisto

Magisto

10mil on Android

4.3 / 5

In App Purchases

$1/v   $7.5/m   $23/y

4

Quick

GoPro

10mil on Android

4.7 / 5

FREE                               

-

5

FilmoraGo

Wondershare Software

5mil on Android

4.3 / 5

In App Purchases

 $2.5 Remove Watermark 

These 5 apps go both ways. The developers saw to it that they would support the Android & Apple worlds and have produced some pretty solid applications. You will notice that VivaVideo by QuVideo Inc. has had over 100million installs on Android devices alone. It is the highest rated video app in the Appstore with a 12+ rating and the best thing is it only costs $3 to get the watermark removed so you can get going. This is out top pick from this list and we will bring you a demo video very soon. Another interesting app on this list is Quick. This app is an automation app that makes your video for you. It syncs it all up to great music and even produces weekly videos for you without doing a thing. (Well you need to obviously go film something). We like it, but we are not mad about it as you loose control over making the video truly your own. Great place to start, but you will want to progress fairly quickly.  

Pricing

Before we go on to Android's Top 14 Editing Apps I want to talk about the 2 pricing columns. Every app's developer has their own way of making their money. Some developers like GoPro just give it away for free to promote other products like their Action cameras. (Thats why we love them). Others have subscriptions that cost you weekly or monthly, but most of them give you free access and then charge you small money to remove adds and/or watermarks. The Price Tier 1 is what you can expect when you first download the app. If it just says In App Purchases then you can assume the download and use is free but there might be a catch. If there is such a catch I will put the most important aspect of it in the second Tier. This means you need to consider this cost before you can make videos the way you imagined them. Subscription servives are not all bad as you only have to pay for a month when you will use it and let it expire untill you want to use it again.
* Some apps have extra features like filters that you don't need but can unlock for cash or Tokens.
**  /v  per video export            /m  per month subscription           /y   per year subscription

Almost all of the apps here are "free" to install, so you can test it and see if you like it. So go wild, or just trust us and use the ones we recommend.

Top 14 Video Editing Apps for Android

No


Name


Developer


Downloads


App Rating


Price Tier 1

Price Tier 2

1

PowerDirector

CyberLink.com

10mil 

4.5 / 5

 $3 Quarterly  

$6 One Time Payment

2

ActionDirector

CyberLink.com

5mil

4.5 / 5

Contains Ads, In App Purchases

$3-6 

3

KineMaster

NexStreaming Corp.

10mil 

4.4 / 5

In App Purchases

$1-40

4

Funimate

AVCR Inc.

5mil

4.5 / 5

Contains Ads, In App Purchases


5

WeVideo

WeVideo Inc.

5mil

4.1 / 5

Contains Ads, In App Purchases


6

AndroVid

zeoxy

10mil 

4.1 / 5

Contains Ads


7

Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe

1mil 

4 / 5

FREE


8

VidTrim Pro

Goseet

10mil 

4.2 / 5

Contains Ads


9

Video Editor

Fun Media Studio

10mil 

4.2 / 5

Contains Ads


10

Video Editor Music,Cut,No Crop

InShot Inc.

50mil 

4.6 / 5

Contains Ads, In App Purchases


11

Total Video Editor

#DesignMyApps

1mil 

3.9 / 5

Contains Ads


12

Video Editor Pro

Zentertain

1mil 

4.3 / 5

Contains Ads


13

Movie Maker Filmmaker

ALIVE Inc.

1mil 

4.5 / 5

Contains Ads


14

VideoShow 

EnjoyMobi Video Editor

100mil

4.5 / 5

Contains Ads, In App Purchases


The list of Android editing apps goes on and on and on... We settled on giving you the top 15 based on how many times it has been downloaded and the highest public ratings. Our Top pic is definitely PowerDirector. It's really easy to use, the layout is the closest you are going to get to a desktop editing suite and it only cost $6 dollars to unlock the premiere package. Winner. Want to see how it works?

Watch the PowerDirector Demo.   

Top 14 Video Editing Apps for IOS (Apple Devices)

No


Name


Developer


App Rating


Price Tier 1

Price Tier 2

1

iMovie

Apple

4+

FREE

FREE

2

Splice

GoPro

4+

FREE

FREE

3

Cameo

Vimeo

4+

FREE


4

Video.s Edit or Movie Make

Dynamite Standard

4+

In App Purchases


5

ReelDirector II

NEXVIO Inc.

4+

$3

In App Purchases

6

Video Editor with Music, ...

Andrea Montecucco

4+

In App Purchases


7

Viddy

Dynasty Apps

4+

In App Purchases


8

CuteCUT

YU BO

4+

In App Purchases

$7.60 to unlock Premium

9

Video Toolbox - Video Editing Tools

YU BO

4+

In App Purchases


10

Video Editor - Crop Video Maker

Shanghai Enjoy Info

4+

In App Purchases

$3.80 to remove watermark

11

Post Edit

Big Blue Clip

4+

In App Purchases


12

Video Editor with Music & Slide.Show

Nguyen Anh

4+

In App Purchases


13

Video Maker with Music: Add Music

AKM Masuduzzaman

4+

In App Purchases


14

VideoShVidLab - Video Editor, Movie 

MuseWorks

4+

In App Purchases


If you have opened the other article we've linked to twice already you've probably already guessed that Splice by GoPro is up there on our list. It's completely free and easy to use BUT, yes there is a but, it's not the best layout and it has a few limitations. It's a perfect App to get started but the great thing about Apple is that the best app out there comes free with your device: iMovie. We will bring you a demo video asap.

That wraps up our Smartphone Editing Apps selection for 2017. We can assure you it's all about personal preference and taste. If you want to really learn how to make editing super easy then check out our online course. This 90min course takes you through the process of planning a shoot and filming like a pro all with just a smartphone.  


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Smartphone Video Editing 2 Full Demos


Editing App wars:
Splice vs PowerDirector?
It doest matter.


The video above is an extract from our Mobile Phone Vacation Video Course. It takes you through the process of editing a video from start to finish using a free App called SPLICE. Splice is only available on iPhone, but is rumoured to be available on Android as well later this year. The new version will merge with another cool editing app made by GoPro called QUICK. More about this in another article. Today i want to tackle a different problem entirely. I want to debunk the theory that one App is way better than another. This is a core message that lies close to the heart of Travelvids teachings. We believe that the best camera, is the one you have with you. And the best editing app is the one you like working with the most. Here is the crux of it: Editing is editing.

Because editing is an unfamiliar task to so many people, there is this idea that editing is like an open source of art. Kind of like having a brush, paint and canvas on one side and charcoal and paper on the other. Different worlds. Well editing is more like driving a car. Driving is driving. Accelerate, steer, brake, repeat. Naturally some people like to get different things from their driving, but regardless of style, milage per gallon, muscle power, comfort or whatever the process of driving from point A to point B is the same.  Editing also has a simple repeat process. Once you have mastered this 7 step process you can jump into any app and give it a test drive. You will now be able to decide which one you prefer. The layout and flow may be different, just like a Toyota is not a Ford, but it used the same process to get from start to finish. Here is a video of the same edit using PowerDirector on a Samsung S8 to show you exactly what we mean. 

Same edit. Same process. Different App.

It is a common misconception that editing is the hard part when it comes to making videos. This is not the case if you know how to film correctly. We have built a compact 90min online course that teaches you how to plan and film in such a way that editing a short video only takes a few minutes, like in the examples above. Click on the big red button below if you want to read more about this course. 


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The most important lesson of the Pan & Tilt


The most important lesson
when doing a PAN or TILT.


While joining a tour to the Cape Peninsula I decided to film some course material. The huge panoramic views of the Cape made me realise that without a wide angle lens i was forced to do quite a few pan & tilt shots. Here is a little trick that is really important to remember when doing these types of shots.

What is a Pan & Tilt.

A PAN is when you pivot the camera on its own horizontal axis. Simply put: it's when you film from left to right or right to left. Its a form of filming to get a view in that doest fit in a static shot. A panorama if you will. A TILT is the same thing in the vertical motion. Up Down or down up.   

The important trick we want to tell you about is that you need to pick your start and end points. Don't just flail the camera around from one side of the horizon to the other. Find a start and end  point and try keep the duration between the point within a count of four. If you filming longer than this you are probably filming too much. Leave something for your viewers imagination.

This is part of a lesson from our online course. There is a lot more to panning & tilting available to learn.

See below for more details.


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Building a Travelvids Mini-Series | The Hermanus Roadtrip


Building a Travelvids Mini-Series
"The Hermanus Roadtrip"


This short video is a trailer to a 5 part Travel Video series about an adventure in a little sea side village called Hermanus which is famous for whale watching. There was just so much to see and do that only showing a short video like this didnt quite do our trip justice. So what do you do?

Break it down, then break it down again.

If you think about it, a TV series is actually just a really really long movie with one overlying story arc. What makes a series engaging is the individual stories representing each episode. And within an episode there are mini stories. (Honestly i can keep going, read up on the next level here: It's called micro stories) But lets just stop there for a moment and look at the top two levels.

Break it Down 1.

DECIDING WHAT THE BIG STORY IS.
The overall arc of our story is: We are going on a two day vacation trip to see as much of Hermanus as possible. We knew the whale watching season had just begun but were more interested in making a video about what else one can do here.

Break it down 2.

DECIDING IF TO HIGHLIGHT EACH ACTIVITY OR SHOWCASE IT. This is a major decision you need to think about before you start filming anything. It all depends on the outcome you wish to have. If you have been doing this for a while you may want to capture ALL the details of each place you visit (like we did). This SHOWCASE style is a little more time consuming if you don't know what you are doing.

Perhaps you are new to this and just want to make HIGHLIGHT montages to share with your friends or on Instagram. For this you only need a handful of easy shots of each place. 

Break it down 3.

ONCE DECIDED ON THE STYLE, FILM EACH PIECE ON IT'S OWN. In the two days we visited about 18 different places and filmed a 2-3min video at each stop. This is the easiest way to manage your footage and get the editing done fast!! (More on footage management in the online course)

You can now upload each one to Instagram or Facebook as an individual video and technically be done with it. But if you looking for a bigger following we suggest you take it a step further and build it up again.  

Build it back up 1.

Now that you have, let's say, 15 x 2min videos. Its time to stick them back to back in the most logical order. This is usually the order they really happened in. Stack them up so that you have a 30min video and decide on chapter markers where you could end an episode. This would be after every 3-5 videos.

BIG TIP - when you know you shooting these series style videos its always good to keep extra footage to bridge between videos. Example: "Wow that was great next up we going to ...." You won't need these as individual videos but they are great for series.

Build it back up 2.

Add an overlap section at the end of each episode. When you preparing each episode take the best 4 or 5 highlight clips from the next video and put it at the end of the previous one as a teaser of whats to come next. 

The last thing you will want to do is make a Highlight Montage of all the best clips as a trailer to get people interested.

Only starting out?  Quickly master the making of the small highlight videos.

Learn exactly what shots to get by taking our 90min online course to teach you

how to prepare, shoot and edit Experience Travelvids like this

using ONLY your mobile phone. It's not as hard as you think!


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A Travelvids secret revealed – Filming to the rhythm of the edit


A Travelvids secret revealed:
Filming to the rhythm of the edit


This video may seem unsuspecting, because the secret is not only in this video, but in every other video we have ever made. We would like to part with some insider knowledge. Filming to the rhythm of the edit is a lesson taken directly from our online course and it just so happened to be filmed on this day with earl Hendricks. Check it out below.

The Secret is Out.

You can use this little bit of info to dramatically reduce the time you spend filming. People always film too much... and in turn this leaves them with so much footage that the edit becomes impossible to tackle.

This is obviously only the first step of many, but it is the most vital in a process we have designed to make editing a piece of cake for anyone. 


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The Most Undervalued Shot – People’s Reactions


The Most Undervalued Shot
People's Reaction


This is your typical tour experience. Well we don't mean seeing Penguins in Africa on the beach, thats pretty incredible! But the experience itself is the usual run down... park, walk to entrance, pay for tickets, go inside and look at what you came to see. When people film their experiences they focus their camera on the subject almost entirely. But what they are missing is actually the more important thing.... themselves!!! Penguins, the Eiffel Tower & the Terracotta Army (or whatever you are visiting) is the obvious part of the video. It's the part the viewer already knows. However they are probably watching your video to see if its worth going and that can only be shown by your emotive reaction.   

"Acting is all about reacting"

The same can be said for movies. If you watch a dialogue scene between two actors you will notice that more than half the time you are watching the person on the receiving end. We understand the talking actors because we can hear them. We want to understand the listening actor and for that we need to see them. The same thing will make or break how engaging, interesting and useful your video will be.

Get the Reaction!

The reaction shot is only part of a bigger sequence we like to call micro stories.

Read more about MICRO STORIES HERE.

Knowing this kind of info makes the creation process a whole lot more fun. It also speeds it up, saving you time on your travels. Your reaction shot is a priceless memory captured in a single moment and should not be left out.  Don't get caught behind your lens while visiting the most extraordinary places on the globe. Get the few shots you need and pack your phone away. 

This lesson is an extract from our Online Course to teach you how to make engaging short vacation videos.


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Talking Camera Stability over Wine Tasting


Talking Camera Stability
over a glass of wine.


While on a tour to Cape Point Vineyards Dean decided to capture a few clips for the guests to remember their vacation. We are all about using the gear you got on you. Sure you can go out and buy a gimbal camera but lets be realistic. You want to capture stuff on the go in the moment... by the time the Gimbal is set up you have missed the shot. Your mobile phone is by far your best friend in these quick to act situations. And that is exactly why you need to know how to get stable shots with a phone.

Wide legged stance!

It's very simple. Get your legs shoulder width apart. This way you can freely add some movement into the shot. The movement is great to give the video some life, but you also don't want to be flailing around like on a rollercoaster. This stance will give you the option to move left or right while still maintaining a very stable shot. 

Learn about Camera Yoga in our online Course.... no its not real yoga, its just the name of a unique lesson. Check it out... 


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Behind the scenes – What’s on Long Street


Behind the scenes:
What's on Long Street


Dean put on his tour guide hat for a day and visited Long Street in Cape Town. His journey takes him from the bottom to the top and down again. There are close to 60 shops and people in this video, but you only see Dean 3 or 4 times. He used a simple trick we like to call "The informal interview".

The Informal Interview

Not everyone likes being on camera, but luckily there is another way of getting information across to the viewer. This is something we call an informal interview. Just ask people simple questions. Obviously you may want to give your interviewee a pre-warning that you are filming (and ask permission). I put emphasis on the word simple because you don't want long open ended answers. Also try and get them to answer with the question repeated in the answer. 

Example:
Q: Where are we?      A: Here.          Wrong. 
Q: Where are we?      A: We are here.      Correct

This way you can cut your voice asking the question out of the final video.

This lesson is an extract taken from our online course. It is part of the chapter called: the engagement factor. See the link below to learn more about the TTC, shot-list building and much much more. 


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Hiking video tips from Paarl Rock Hike


Hiking video tips from the
Paarl Rock Hike Video.


Travelvids was invited to join a group of hikers to explore Paarl Rock and the surrounding regions. On this day it was pouring with rain but that didn't stop us from having fun. We want to share some tips with you regarding making hiking videos.

Change the perspective!

It's all too common that people who go out and film hiking videos tend to only have two types of shots. The selfie and the POV.

If you really want to give your video some feel good dynamic you have to mix it up and throw in some extra shots. Get other people to take the shot of you talking so that there is a wider view of the background.

Or place the camera down up ahead and run back for some walk by shots. 

Don't miss the close ups!

In our Online Course we cover this aspect in great detail. Close Up shots are incredibly important and you should fill in as many as you can. It will up your video's look and feel big time.

This is especially important if you are only using a mobile phone as you will have the ingredients to wow the viewers without the need of a drone and other expensive gear.

Learn how to put it all together in our Online Course. We will show you how to capture

awesome looking Travelvids using only your mobile phone.


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How we made the Kalk Bay video


How we made the
Kalk Bay Travelvid.


Coleen van Staden joined us to document the shopping opportunities in Kalk Bay. What a spree... ranging from trinkets, fish & food to furniture, collectibles & art.

So why did we make this video?

The reason for making this video shouldn't be completely obvious. What you might not know is that Coleen van Staden has a business in the area that appeals to the travel market. By creating an area video she sets herself up as an expert of the neigborhood. This in turn affords her the trust of potential travellers to this area.

Whats is an Area Video.

An Area Video is a listing style documentation of a group of related subjects within a specific region, district or neighbourhood. Perhaps its your "top 10 favourite things to do" or "the best places to eat". Area videos are incredibly easy and quick to make. Armed with this easy one Wide, one Medium & one Close up formula anyone can be a potential expert of their own area. This is a super powerful tool to get peoples attention. But you will need to add another element and these are opportunistic shots.

How to make an area video.

If you want to know more about wides, mediums, close-ups, opportunistic shots and how to put it all together, check out our super easy to follow basic course. You can make an area video using just your mobile phone with absolutly no previous video experience.

Even if you are only having a quick lunch in the area you can capture 6 shots that will tell a story about what you experienced on that day, whilst enjoying your holiday. 


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