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Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on The Top 5 Android Video Editing Apps

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Editing video on your Android phone can seem like the the Wild West. Vast prairies of options, and seemingly no law and order as to what works best – and what doesn’t work at all. iPhone users have iMovie as a good and stable starting point. Not so for Droid users. We decided it was time to figure out the best editing app for yourAndroid smartphone. My colleague Thaddeus Bouska has an Android smartphone; he surveyed Android video editing apps.

We tried out dozens of apps, and found many that claim to be video editing software, and just aren’t. Many are buggy, designed poorly, or are just clumsy to use. We waded through the morass and found some fun, easy-to-use, powerful apps that will allow you to create edited-in-the-camera videos, or be able to fine tune, making great cuts in no time.

We recommend shooting videos from inside your smartphone’s video mode. Each shot is a different video, just like a series of still photos. When you’re ready to link your shots to make your film, open the editing app and import the shots. We don’t recommend shooting videos from inside the editing app on Android, as the image quality degrades.

 

Our top picks are in order of preference

1. Viva Video Pro – $2.99 in the Play store.

 
While it doesn’t look like a fully featured editor – it is.

 

We start simple, with one of the easiest to use and most straightforward apps. It’s also the app we give our strongest recommendation to. “Viva Video” by Qu Video, Inc.

 

You start by trimming your videos, and then adding them to your project. After adding them one by one, you can change the order that you want them in, and then press done. The “editing” is as simple as that – but for most videos that’s all you’ll need.

 

The app gives you a choice to add some crazy transitions and effects, some fun and some tacky. You can also add text, titles, dub voiceover, add filters, and even amend your video with other clips. Then you can export the clip. The app renders automatically and quickly.

 

The app is fairly cheap at $2.99, but if you’re not sure try out the free version. The free version is almost full featured, but it has a limit on your video length – 5 minutes, and it watermarks your videos. Going “Pro” lets your videos be unlimited length, and removes the watermark. It’s one of the few apps whose full paid version is a one-time payment without any other hidden costs, which is a big plus.

 

2. KineMaster Pro – Free download, 4.99/monthly subscription for full features, in the Play store.

 
Kinemaster really gives you a lot of flexibility with fine-tuning your edits.

 

 

KineMaster is undoubtedly the most “professional” option for editing smartphone video. We’d give it our full recommendation, if it weren’t for it’s vague and costly price structure. The app claims to be free, but after you’ve edited your video and are ready to export it, the pricing scheme appears. Seems pretty sleazy. If you don’t mind their watermark covering your video, the export is free. Removing it costs $4.99/ month or $39.99/year.

 

Oh, and the app isn’t fully supported by all android devices. Make sure to check to see that yours is supported. Some devices (like my first generation HTC One) are partially supported – meaning they don’t work with full 1080p HD footage, only 720p.

 

Plus, there is no way of knowing if the app supports full-HD video on your phone until you download it and see that all your videos have a little exclamation mark in the middle of the screen.

 
These little white exclamation marks mean my 1080p videos aren’t supported on my phone.

 

 

The app will convert everything from 1080p to 720p for you, but the process takes time and it’s frustrating not to be able to use the “raw” camera video. Editing on your smartphone should be a very fast, easy process. I don’t want to set my phone dow

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