Gone are the days of bad mobile phone cameras and their grainy, low resolution videos. The age of full HD, smooth as silk videos is here and it is getting better every year. Shooting videos is good but video editing apps for Android can take them a bit further and make them great. While I personally don’t like to share videos online, many people I know love to do that.
You know what makes me cringe? Videos shot in portrait mode and videos that takes hours to show any action. The best video editing apps for Android can easily remedy those fallacies and make run of the mill videos look amazing.
Note: The best video editing apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone. The apps performed fine during the testing and no problems arose. Most of the free versions display a watermark on your edited videos.
1. VivaVideo – Free and $2.99
1.A Free Version
VivaVideo is the most popular video editing app on the Google Play Store thanks to its stellar interface. The easy to use app allows you to edit videos to your liking. Want to trim a clip? The app can do that, want to add music or dubbings? The app has you covered on that too.
The app allows you to merge clips with great transition effects. The app also features an awesome storyboard style video mode which is ideal for small video stories you want to tell.
- A video Picture in Picture mode is available.
- Can change the speed of the clip.
- Great themes are bundled with the app.
The app comes with its own video recorder which caters to the needs of modern movie makers. Want to make a Vine or post a video on Instagram? The app comes with dedicated modes to assist you in making some wonderful videos for social media sharing.
1.B Paid Version
The paid version of VivaVideo removes the watermark and allows you to edit unlimited length videos. I recommend this version because it frees you of the horrible length limitations and the pesky watermark.
2. KineMaster – Free with In-app Purchases
Right off the bat KineMaster wants you to know it means business. Remember what I said about videos shot in portrait mode? This app forces you to use it in landscape mode, which in my books is a great thing. The app has a good interface and allows you to do simple edits with ease.
The best part is that the app opens up (as you open your wallet) and allows deep editing too. The app features frame to frame splicing, slicing and trimming which makes your chose the exact footage you want to keep.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $39.99 per item
- Instant preview is available anytime.
- The app comes with hue, saturation and brightness controls.
- You can have a fade in and fade out sound on your videos.
The app comes with some really good transition effects. Some are a bit tacky for my taste but others are overall pleasant to the eye.
3. Magisto – Free with In-app Purchases
Magisto is an amazing app which makes you regular videos into pure awesomeness. Magisto really does some high tech magic and edits your videos into something which is stylish and interesting to watch. Want to have a rocking soundtrack behind the otherwise boring video of your baby?
This app can handle that. The best part is that the app requires minimal input from you and churns out ridiculously stylish videos.
The downside is for whatever reason the app wants to upload your videos to its servers and then edit them. I get that the effects they apply are amazing and may not be possible on less capable devices, but this also poses as a security risk.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $29.99 per item
- Just tap some buttons and the video will be edited.
- A great selection of songs is there.
- The themes are well managed.
There is a wide array of editing styles available on the app. This is the only app on the best video editing apps for Android list which does most of the heavy lifting for you. If you are not that creative or just don’t have time to obsess over a single video, this is the app made for you.
4. VideoShow – Free and $2.99
4.A Free Version
One of the few video editing apps for Android which ask everything before editing, VideoShow is a great one. If you like total control over your videos and want to know what is happening every step of the way, this is the best app.
The live preview tells you how the video is going to turn out. The app comes with 10 great looking filters which makes the preview all the more important.
- A great video editor interface.
- The app works really fast.
- Trimming is fast and ease to execute.
You can add funny stickers on your videos and even draw on them.
4.B Paid Version
The paid version of the app removes any ads and allows for a much smoother experience. Apart from that I didn’t notice any addition to the app’s already robust feature. Purchase this version if you hate seeing ads or want to support the developers.
5. Video Editor – Free
Video to Audio
From adding music to creating videos from images, Video Editor can do it all. Although the feature list is a bit short on this app, it manages to do simple things really well.
The interface can use a little tweaking but overall this is a great app for those who just want to do some light editing. The app is especially fast while trimming videos and splicing them in two pieces.
- Merging multiple videos into one is ease.
- Sharing edited clips is handles in app.
- Creating slideshows is fun.
You can convert the video into MP3 audio. This may not be a great way to extract songs from your home made videos but can come in handy when used in combination of a YouTube video downloader.
6. VidTrim – Free and $2.49
Have a Trim
6.A Free Version
As the name suggest, VidTrim is all about trimming videos. No one likes to waste their time on useless footage just to get to the heart of action. For example it was excruciating to watch almost a minute of my friend urging his baby to walk while the actual walking was done in 3 seconds.
I have nothing against babies but I do value my time. With VidTrim and its razor sharp arsenal of clipping tools, you won’t many others suffer.
- A solid and easy to use interface.
- Looks amazing on tablets.
- Can convert video into audio files.
The app comes with a frame grabber which saves still images from a video. This is a good feature if applied on full HD 1080p video.
6.B Paid Version
The paid version of VidTrim ships without any ads whatsoever. There are a few important features like video effects and custom background music added to the paid version too.
7. WeVideo – Free
Great on Tablets
WeVideo is one of the easiest apps on the best video editing apps for Android list. The app comes with a pleasantly simple interface which is easy to digest. The app allows you to use photos and videos from your collection and make something beautiful out of it.
You will be able to arrange and merge clips to tell a complete story in no time at all. The app works well on smartphones but really shines when used on a big screened tablet.
- The effects are really good.
- You can write captions and give titles to your videos.
- You can save videos in HD and share them easily.
You can actually have control over the music you add to your videos. Most of the apps completely mute the original video and blare music at hundred percent volumes. This app allows you to adjust the levels according to your needs.
8. No Crop Video Editor – Free
This app is made for those who like to post videos on Instagram. As you may already know, Instagram wants all of the photos and videos in a square, which is the sole reason I don’t use my account anymore.
Instagram basically forces you to crop a nice video but you can avoid that by using this simple video editor. The app allows you to select background color and fit the whole video in a box. Weirdly the app is named InstaShot in-app so don’t be alarmed.
- Easy and simple to use.
- Multiple background colors.
- Can add borders and frames too.
The app edits videos with remarkable speed. Although there isn’t much to process, it is still an astoundingly fast process, even if you are using full HD footage.
9. AndroVid – Free and $1.99
9.A Free Version
One of the most stable entries in the best video editing apps for Android list, AndroVid is the rock. No matter how long the video is, the app handles is with grace and ease.
Time, transcode, split or merge videos in this great app. The only downside is its average interface and oddly placed buttons. On a normal smartphone these may be accessible but on a phablet they are really hard to reach.
- Add music to your videos.
- Marge small clips into a big video.
- Grabbing video frames is a piece of cake.
The video effects are aplenty in this video editor. From mirror to slow motion, there is a large collection to choose from.
9.B Paid Version
The paid version removes ads from the app and allows you to merge videos of any length. The free version restricts the clips to only 30 seconds.
10. Free Video Editor – Free
Heyy, It’s Free!
This is a serviceable video editor which does very few things but does them with effectiveness. You can import already shot videos into the app and edit them. You can share your creations after you have performed the editing processes. This app does what most other apps do but it can run on old versions of Android.
- A simple user interface.
- Trim videos with speed.
- Mix photos and videos together.
You can share videos to Instagram, Youtube and even Facebook with just a click of a button.
This concludes the best video editing apps for Android list. I recommend one of the best video players to fully enjoy and showcase your creations. If you have any questions or need help with any of the apps, feel free to comment below.
I suggest that you try and try again as film making is not a simple gig. Who knows you might be the next Spielberg. Happy shooting!