Need to do some editing on the go? No problem, in this article we look at the best video editing apps for the iPhone.
Video editing apps might not be the preferred choice for any filmmaker. However, there is no denying that they can help make the editing process quicker on the right project.
You may think video editing on a smartphone is for the average joe looking to improve their home movies. But if you need to edit something quick for a deadline, you may be surprised what your iPhone can actually do.
So without further ado here are our top 5 best video editing apps for the iPhone.
1. Adobe Premiere Rush
Adobe Premiere Rush is the iPhone version of Adobe’s industry-standard editor Premiere Pro.
Right away you can see it’s one of the more professional video editing apps by looking at the interface and menus. It’s ideal for Creative Cloud users who want to start projects and access existing edits on the go.
Firstly, the app has a step-by-step workflow allowing you to focus on each stage separately. Also, what it lacks in fancy templates and flashy graphics it makes up for in robust editing tools.
The options include adjusting clip speeds and editing audio using waveforms. Our favourite feature is the Auto Mix which magically lowers the volume of your music when it detects other sound sources. This means that dialogue won’t be accidentally drowned out. 👍
Transitions are slightly limited but it’s easy to add fades at the start and end of videos. Once you’ve finished your edit you have the ability to share across the usual sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Lastly, flexibility is what really sells this iPhone video editing app. If you start a project on your phone, it can be seamlessly opened up on your tablet. You also have access to files stored in the cloud.
iMovie is Apple’s default video editing program, and the iPhone app works in a very similar way to the desktop version. The easy-to-use interface will allow anyone with even the most basic understanding of video editing to hit the ground running.
Photos can be added to your timeline, and they offer a nice Ken Burns effect for still images. However, you can’t make the image smaller than the canvas. So, if you want to add your logo to the end of your video, make sure you have a premade end slate image that you can add in.
Also, the colour grading effects available are limited and fall more into stylistic effects than a simple colour grade. Otherwise, iMovie is one of the most solid free video editing apps for the iPhone.
It’s both easy to use and detailed enough to allow filmmakers to cut together a decent edit.
Splice is one of the more powerful free video editing apps created by GoPro and has everything an editor would need. You can pretty much do anything from trimming and crop to adding effects, titles, transitions and music.
It’s one of the most advanced free video editing apps available for the iPhone but the simple and intuitive interface makes it a breeze to use.
One of the most notable things about Splice is the massive sound library. Not only can you add royalty-free music from a range of genres, but you can also add sound effects and narration.
Quik is another video editing app by GoPro, which is almost a simplified version of Splice. While Splice has more features, Quik can be a good starting place for less experienced video editors.
Wondershare makes excellent free video editing software for filmmakers and their iPhone app doesn’t disappoint.
Loaded with various themes from silent movies to music concerts, you won’t waste much time diving into the available options. You can even import content from your Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The themes have customisable titles including being able to add the music already on your device. Also, the aspect ratio can be cropped to a square frame which is ideal for uploading to social media.
The team at Wondershare regularly update the content to keep themes fresh and stylish.
Editing options for clips include trimming, muting audio, rotation, duplication and adding filters. With FilmoraGo you can get great results without spending too much time thanks to the easy interface.
5. Apple Clips
Initially, you might be put off by the fact Clips only works in the square frame medium. But behind the social media friendly design, lies a wealth of powerful options at your fingertips. If you have to produce quick video content for Instagram or TikTok then you’re in for a treat with this nifty iPhone app.
Firstly, as you’d expect from a native iOS app, the cleanliness and navigation when editing is very nice.
Secondly, when working with Apple Clips you can either import from your iPhone library or record live. With videos, you can directly tap and pinch to produce zoom, pan and crash-zoom effects. Also, you can add title cards with great ease.
Another great feature of Clips is the Live Title. If you vlog or create content with voiceovers, the popularity of subtitling is growing. With Live Title, the app will automatically create on-screen captions based on your speech.
Finally, there are even style options for how the text animates and you can even edit the transcript.
So there you have it, our 5 best video editing apps for your iPhone to keep you editing on the move. If you’re still unsure then download a few of them and have a play around.
Also make sure you look at a few things like the features, export format, interface and also if your phone can run the app without issues.
Editing on desktop or laptop? Check out our other article on the best video editing software.