Lights, camera, action! 5 best video editing apps for Android
Most Android phones and tablets come fully loaded out of the box. They have a media player to play music and video, a gallery to edit and share photos, as well as a web browser, an email client, a calendar app, Google Maps and YouTube clients... the whole shebang. In other words, there's a whole lot of stuff one can do on their Android device without relying on any third-party apps whatsoever.
Video editing, on the other hand, is one of those things Android devices can't do well using pre-loaded apps only. For any video manipulations going beyond cutting and cropping, one has to rely on a third-party solution. Thankfully, the Play Store has a whole bunch of video editing apps, and many of them are actually pretty good. In fact, we test-drove dozens in search of the top among them. Here are the best Android video editing apps one can get.
Adobe Premiere Clip
Price: Free | Download
Adobe is a name you've surely heard of – both enthusiasts and professionals use the company's creative tools to edit images, videos, and anything in between. And for those who need to edit video on their Android device, Adobe has Premiere Clip, which is a lightweight application with some neat tricks up its sleeve. The software lets you crop videos, add transitions between clips, and edit or replace the audio track with pre-loaded music or something of your own. To alter the looks of each clip, you can add filters or manually edit parameters, such as highlights and shadows. All in all, the suite isn't as advanced as a full-blown desktop editor, but it gets the job done for free, without sticking a watermark onto your exported video.
Price: Free with optional paid features | Download
This is as close as you can get to having a full-featured video editing application in your pocket. Unlike most other apps of this kind, KineMaster gives you multiple layers of video and audio streams. You also get the options to add transitions, text, drawings, and stickers to your project. You may trim and slice individual clips frame by frame and put multiple streams together to create picture in picture effects. And that's just a fraction of the things KineMaster can do. All these features come at a price, however. The app's free version puts a watermark on the exported video and has restricted access to many of the fancier features.
Price: Free (with in-app purchases) | Download
PowerDirector is another app aiming to bring pro-level video editing tools to your fingertips. Audio and video streams are arranged in a timeline and can be dragged and dropped, giving you control over what goes where. Videos can be trimmed, flipped, rotated, even slowed down for a slow-motion effect even if they weren't originally recorded in slow-mo mode. Transitions and effects can be added as well. The audio-editing tools let you mix the footage's original sound with music or voiceover that you've imported. We must also point out that PowerDirector has good compatibility, as it supports a broad range of processors and devices. While you can use the app for free, upgrading to the full version will give you 1080p video exports and will remove the watermark.
Price: Free | Download
VideoShop is a little bit different from the apps above. Instead of giving you tons of knobs, switches, and sliders to fiddle with, it presents you with basic, easy-to-use editing tools – cropping, transitions, speed control, brightness and color controls. We find it clever that the timeline of the project has markers for the lengths of Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat videos. If you're a frequent user of these services, perhaps VideoShop is the app you should try. But even if you aren't, this piece of software should prove useful to anyone who needs a video editor that's easy to get the hang of.
This app nails the balance between being fun to use and being a capable video editor. Once you learn your way around its interface, you should be able to easily put videos together. You'll quickly figure out how to add themes and effects, stickers and text, music and transitions to your projects. If you do like the app, consider getting the full version, which has no ads, no video time limit, exports in high resolution, and does not put a watermark on your video.