Smartphones are continuously getting better and offering improved features.
This includes better cameras and photography/videography tools. It has never been easier to take photos and videos that are almost equal to professional photographers and videographers.
Actually, many professional videographers are using their smartphones as work tools now.
Or maybe you enjoy sharing your content on social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram?
No matter if you want to share videos of your kids with your family or start a vlogging channel, you need to learn how to edit your videos to make them appealing to watch.
It has never been easier to become a video editor and produce pro looking videos with transitions, filters, text, and added music or sound effects.
It used to be that we had to purchase expensive video editing software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro to successfully achieve any of the above-mentioned edits. Not any more!
Apps have been released in App Store and Google Play that let you download apps to your phone so that you can edit your videos directly on your phone and upload them directly from your phone.
We’ll go over the best apps that are out there today - some are free (with in-app ads), others have a purchase cost, and some have a monthly fee. We’ll also go over some basic editing features to get you up and running editing videos from your phone.
Phone Video Editing Apps
Adobe Premiere Rush (Ru)
Adobe Premiere Rush is the “dumbed-down” version of Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s the exact same adobe interface that we are used to, but with only the basic features that go into video editing.
There’s no extra fluff and It is much more user friendly than the pro version. It’s still got everything you need to get you editing videos like a pro in no time.
It lets you crop videos and change them to portrait or square, enhance colors with great presets, and also has a multi video track feature.
Adobe Premiere Rush is part of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC). You can download the app for free but it offers only a few exports per month and limited cloud space.
To unlock all features, have unlimited exports, and 100GBs of storage you will need to pay a monthly fee of $9.99 to use the full version.
iMovie is only available for iPhones and Apple products. It’s one of the most popular video editors and also one of the most complete in its price range - FREE. It offers all the transitions, filters, and audio that other video editors offer.
LumaFusion is the closest to a professional-level video editor that you will get on the market today.The interface is not as simple as other mobile video editors and you will need to take more time to learn how to use the app efficiently.
If professional-looking videos are your goal and if you are an iPhone user, then LumaFusion is for you. The app has a one time cost of $29.99.
InShot is one of the easiest to use video editors out there. It has limited capabilities if you compare it to Premiere Rush and LumaFusion of course, but it still delivers all you need to create videos you will be proud of.
The app is free but comes with in-app ads and a watermark when you export your videos. You can purchase the app for $2.99 to remove the ads and the watermark.
Splice is another super easy video editor that specializes in music.The video editor offers tons of royalty-free music clips that you can add to your videos.
The app has a free trial period after which monthly fees range between $7.99 to $29.99 per month depending on how much you intend to use it and how many videos you want to export per month.
How To Take and Edit Videos on Your Phone
Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks for taking excellent videos with your phone and a few basic features to keep in mind when editing.
Try to keep your clips short.Shooting long videos on your phone will obviously take up space and is actually not really necessary.
If you know that you will edit your video afterward and possibly link several clips together to make a final movie it’s better to take many shorter clips.
Sometimes the audio is really bad on smartphone videos (unless you have an external mic, of course). Think of dubbing the image with some added audio (music, sounds, voice over,etc)
Learn to use transitions, texts, and filters on your video editor. They all offer them, play around with the options and find what you like. The more complex apps and the ones that you pay for will have more choices.
Create a captivating thumbnail. Can’t stress this one enough. Make your viewers WANT to click on your video by catching their attention.
Edit Your Smartphone Videos Like a Pro
Like anything, when learning something new, give yourself time and be patient in the learning process. Practice a lot and you will see the progression of your videos as you get better acquainted with your chosen video editor.
Also, a good way to learn quickly is to search for tutorials that go over the features of the video editor that you chose to work with.
In no time you’ll start to get positive comments from your viewers. Who doesn’t like to get the occasional “Wow, cool video!”
Want to share your videos with like-minded people? Join our Facebook page Shoot Like a Pro with Your Phone to share your photos and videos with the community. By joining, you will get more tips and tricks to help improve your photography and videography skills. Also, you get to participate in photo contests and win prizes!