5 Free Video Editing Apps For Smartphones

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Free video editing apps might not be the preferred way for any filmmaker to assemble their latest work, but there is no denying it can help make the editing process more efficient on the right project.

You may suspect video editing on a smartphone is for the casual enthusiast looking to improve their home movies. But if you create online content that’s time sensitive, or like to use the convenience and increasing power of phone cameras, you may be surprised what can you do beyond just shooting and uploading without editing.

To open your eyes to new possibilities, we’ve come up with a list of our top five free video editing apps, to help you cut together a professional video in next to no time.

iMovie (iOS)

iMovie is Apple’s consumer video editing system, and the app version works in a very similar way to the desktop version of the software. The easy to use interface will allow anyone with even the most basic understanding of video editing to pick up the device and go.

You can add text, music and voiceover to your film, and there are numerous transitions from which to choose. We did discover two elements of the app which might bug a professional editor:

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 pre-made endslate image that you can add in.

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, both easy to use and in-depth enough to allow editors to create personalised editing processes.

Splice (iOS)

Splice is one of the more powerful free video editing apps created by GoPro and has everything an editor would need: trim, crop, effects, titles, speed controls, animation, transitions and music. It is one of the most advanced free video editing apps available on a mobile device, 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 is the superior product, Quik can be a good starting place for less experienced video editors.

FilmoraGo (Andriod, iOS)

Wondershare makes excellent free video editing apps for filmmakers, and for mobile enthusiasts, FilmoraGo is ideal. Loaded with themes from silent movie to music concert, you won’t waste much time diving into the options available. These also extend to importing content from your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The preset themes have editable motion graphic titles and music, all of which is customisable, including being able to add the music already on your device. The overall aspect ratio can be cropped to a square frame, ideal for uploading to social media. The team at Wondershare regularly update the content, to keep themes fresh and contemporary.

Behind the style, there’s a lot of substance. Editing options for clips include trimming, muting audio, rotation, duplication and adding stylistic filters. Titles can also be introduced whether or not you chose to use a theme. The results can be visually stunning with very little time spent on design, thanks to the intuitive interface.

Also, filmora.io is a community platform that allows members to connect and share their creations with each other, with potential for networking and collaboration.

Apple Clips (iOS)

Purists may be shocked, and turned-off by the fact Clips only works in the square frame medium. But behind the social-friendly format, lies a whole wealth of powerful options at your fingertips. If you have to produce video content for networking platforms, you are in for a treat.

As you’d expect from a native iOS app, the cleanliness and intuitive interaction when editing is effortless. When working with clips – either imported from your iPhone library or recorded live – you can directly tap and pinch to produce zoom, pan and crash-zoom effects. The ease with which you can add title cards to your videos instantly increases the options on commercial videos that require closing calls to action.

The killer feature of Clips, however, is Live Title. If you vlog or create content with voiceover, the prevalence of subtitling is growing. With Live Title, the app will automatically create on-screen captions based on your speech. There are style options for how the text animates and you can even edit the transcript if it wasn’t entirely accurate by default. I’ve seen this method used to great effect on LinkedIn.

Adobe Premiere Clip (Android, iOS)

The mobile incarnation of Adobe’s industry-standard editor is ideal for Creative Cloud users, who want to create projects and access existing edits on the go. Even the interface and menus suggest this is most certainly one of the more professional-leaning free video editing apps.

The workflow is step-by-step, allowing you to focus on each stage confidently. What it lacks in fancy templates and flashy graphics, it has more than enough robust editing tools familiar to any professional editor. The options include adjusting clip speeds and editing audio using waveforms. The Auto Mix feature magically lowers the volume of your music when it detects other sound sources, so that dialogue won’t be accidentally drowned out.

Transitions are limited, but it’s easy to add fades at the start and end of videos. Those familiar with Adobe SpeedGrade will be pleased to see those looks available. Once finished, sharing is open across the usual sites.

The synchronisation with Creative Cloud might be what sells Premiere Clip to those already under the umbrella. 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.

Free Video Editing Apps – Wrapping up

So there you have it, five free video editing apps for your smart devices to keep you editing on the move. If you’re still unsure then download a few of them and have a play around. Just make sure you consider a few things like the platform you’re using (iOS or Android), app interface and also the power of your phone. If you want more info on desktop video editing software then checkout our other article about Free Editing Software for Mac & PC.


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