- Connecticut School of Broadcasting
Jun 25, 2014

Smartphone and tablet videos need not be amateur, thanks to apps that put professional editing tricks and techniques in the hands of smartphone users. These five video editing apps for iPhone and Android can serve as your own miniature video production studio, with each offering tools to improve your video shooting and editing abilities.

Magisto -This iOS and Android app does the editing for you. Simply choose existing photos or videos, pick a theme and add music. Magisto will automatically select your video’s highlights and string these together into a neatly packaged mini film. The app also allows you to experiment with simple basic edits, including transitions, sound and filters.

ReelDirector -This iOS app doesn’t offer special effects or filters — there are enough options for that type of post-production video editing — but it does give you the ability to add titles and transitions to your films. Splice videos and add background music to complete the video editing.

Cinefy - Once you have basic video editing skills, try iOS app Cinefy. This free app allows you to import iTunes music into any movie and add in animations and special effects. Choose from a gallery of 100 free video effects and edit your video directly in the app.

Splice - Budding documentarians will want to download this app, free for iOS and $2.99 for Android. Trim and crop your videos using the intuitive interface. Record an audio narration of your videos too.

Socialcam - This app may not offer the most bells and whistles, but it does allow you to shoot and edit videos of any length. Film until your device battery runs down, then use vintage filters to add an indie element to your films.

These apps are all quite intuitive, which makes them easy for novice users to master. Once you start creating and editing your own videos, you may find that making short films is quite fun. Learn more about how video editing school may help you start a career in video production.

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