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33 Best Video Editing Apps for Android and iPhone [Updated List – 2021]

Best Video Editing Apps for Android and iPhone

When you want to make a strong impression, there’s nothing quite like moving images with sound.

That’s why digital video continues to grow in importance online. Couple that trend with the ever-increasing availability of devices capable of high-resolution video recording—smartphones, GoPros, DSLRs—and the case for powerful video editing software becomes clear.

The software must be usable by professionals and nonprofessionals alike, and it needs to keep up with newer formats such as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), HDR, and VR. It also must work with 4K video, since common devices are now capable of producing 4K content and sometimes even higher resolutions.

Every editing app will be different, but there are a few features you’ll want to look for.

Video editing is one of the most computing-intensive activities around, so you’ll want the best laptop or desktop you can afford if you’re serious about cutting your own movies.

Most applications help speed up the editing process by creating a proxy file of lower resolution, so that normal editing and previewing aren’t slowed down by the huge full-resolution files.

Most of the software can take advantage of your computer’s graphics processor to speed this up.

Be sure to check the performance section in each review linked here to see how speedy or slow the application is.

Here are the 33 Best Video Editing Apps for Android and iPhone you can use in 2021

1. KineMaster

KineMaster is one of the best video editing apps for professional use.

With high-end features such as blending modes, chroma keying, and audio mixing, this advanced app allows you to shoot, edit and export your footage on your phone or tablet via a mult-layer interface. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

This is one of the best video editing apps for trimming clips and layers with frame-by-frame granularity. Audio clip timing can be adjusted, too, with sub-frame accuracy.

You can upload multiple layers of video (on supported devices), images and text, as well as multi-track audio. Beyond that, Kinemaster is packed with advanced features, including instant edit previews, precise volume envelope control, colour LUT filters, speed controls, chroma key compositing and 3D transitions.

In short, while this is not quite Premiere Pro on a mobile device, it’s not far off.

The app is free to download, but note that it adds watermarks to videos, which you have to take out a subscription to remove.

A subscription also allows you to export at 1080p or 4K, and get access to over a thousand premium assets. Find out more in our KineMaster review.

2. ActionDirector

ActionDirector is one of the most popular video editing apps on PC.

It’s also available on Android. It does the basics. You can import clips, edit them, and render the video. You can do things like add your own music, trim and cut video, add text, employ slow motion, and more.

It’s one of the few video editor apps that also supports 4K video. You’ll have to check and see if your device supports it, though. The developers have a nifty tool linked in the Google Play Store to see if yours can. It also gets frequent updates.

3. Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio lets you edit video, audio and photos on the go. Simply arrange your clips on the storyboard, make precise edits in the timeline, and then add high-quality transitions, effects and a soundtrack.

With Pinnacle Studio you can develop high-grade video from 720p up to 4K output and export your project to Pinnacle Studio for Windows to continue editing with the desktop version’s advanced tools.

With an intuitive interface and ‘how-to’ videos, you can get up and running in no time.

Pros: Easy navigation and intuitive gestures, good range of features.

Cons: Some lagging when exporting videos.

Price: $2.99.

Available for: iPhone, iPad and Desktop.

4. Shotcut

Shotcut is another open source video software — and it’s completely free. It’s possible to use Shotcut to create professional-looking videos, but the interface is tricky to use.

Perhaps that’s because it was originally developed for the Linux platform, which looks and feels a lot different from the typical Windows or Mac UX.

With dedication and time spent it’s possible to use this software to create and export high-quality videos, completely for free.

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5. Quik

The first of two video editing apps from GoPro, Quik analyses your videos to detect colours and faces in order to frame your footage perfectly.

This free app lets you add transitions and effects onto a maximum of 200 photos and video clips from your photo library or GoPro Plus. Not only can you trim, zoom and rotate photos and video clips, but you can also choose from 26 different themes and a range of fonts, filters and graphics.

You can create HD 1080p or 720p videos in cinema, square or portrait formatting for social sharing and even save your draft projects for up to seven days.

Pros: Packed with features, access to 100+ free songs, Flashbacks and QuikStories create videos based on your latest footage, syncs footage to the beat of your soundtrack, AI editing assistance.

Cons: Minimal control and no trimming option, users reported that it can be glitchy at times.

Price: Free.

Available for: iPhone, iPad and Android.

6. PicPlayPost

We’ve already covered the coolness of photo collages. But what if you could make a video collage? PicPlayPost is a simple app that lets you do exactly that.
Just remember that the sound from both videos will play at the same time, so be sure they won’t clash with one another.

There are many uses for a video collage app, but my colleague, Lindsay Kolowich, particularly likes the way fitness professional Melissa Made uses it on her Instagram account.

She posts video collages with her performing a workout on one side, while she explains the workout out loud on the other.

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Price: Free | Platforms: iOS, Android

7. LumaFusion

LumaFusion is a serious video editing app for mobile and tablets with a serious price tag to match.

Pitched at mobile journalists, filmmakers and professional video producers, LumaFusion comes fully loaded with features. It allows you to edit three videos and three additional audio tracks with a range of high-spec trimming tools and transitions.

You also get dozens of video effects, a five-point colour correction editor, layer effects, live audio track mixer and sophisticated titler.

That’s just scratching the surface, we could go on and on! If you want a video editing app with extra clout then LumaFusion is worth considering.

Pros: Wealth of professional features, excellent customer support.

Cons: Reports of audio syncing issues, on the pricier side for an app.

Price: $19.99, with in-app purchases.

Available for: iPhone and iPad.

8. Apple Clips (iOS)

The best video editing apps are sometimes overkill, if all you want is to edit your family videos for fun.

So if you’re an iOS user, it’s worth checking out Apple Clips. This free app allows you to create and send video messages, or tell video stories with filters, animated text, music, emoji, and stickers.

Primarily aimed at children and families, Apple Clips is pretty lightweight stuff: it’s not even as powerful as iMovie.

That said, with each successive update, it is getting a little closer to becoming a serious video editing app. In the last big update in October (3.0), for example, it got a refreshed interface, support for vertical and horizontal video, and HDR recording.

More recently, in version 3.1 (April 2021), Apple added AR Spaces, an augmented reality feature available to iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro users.

9. VideoShow

VideoShow allows you to edit video content in a number of creative ways beyond cutting and pasting scenes together.

The award-winning app, which has more than 400 million users, allows you to include text overlays, stickers, music, filters, and sound effects to your footage.

Because of these features, it lends itself to video producers who want to add a bit more creativity to a vlog series, where the video is primarily of one person speaking directly to the camera.

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10. HitFilm

HitFilm Express is a free video editing and visual effects software — which means you can use it to add more than 180 special effects to your videos, including 3D editing.

Possibly the coolest HitFilm feature is its wealth of tutorial videos — users can practice applying special visual effects in movie tutorials based on Star Wars, Westworld, and more.

Of course, upgrading to HitFilm Pro grants access to more visual effects, better high resolution and 3D rendering, and better audio syncing between audio and video files.

It costs $300, but if you’re not ready to fully invest, HitFilm Express users can purchase lower-cost expansions to use more tools in their software.

To see the complete list of differences between HitFilm Free and Pro, check out their “Compare Versions” page.

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11. InVideo

InVideo is one of the best online video editing tools on the market. Our platform is browser-based, meaning there is no download required, and you can use it on both Mac and Windows.

All you need to do is create an account on our website, and you can start editing your videos right away! With an intuitive UI and a drag-and-drop video editor, you’ll be able to create captivating videos in no time, even if you have absolutely no previous video editing experience.

We’ll also provide you with over 2,000 templates and a rich stock library, as well as step-by-step tutorials, so you can get the hang of the tool right away and utilize its full potential.

InVideo also features a variety of advanced video editing options, such as layers, filters, voice-overs, animations, transitions, color correction, text-to-video conversion, etc. In other words, our tool can be used by both rookie video editors and video editing professionals.

You can use InVideo’s premade templates to create videos for a wide variety of purposes:

If you’re looking for a fast, easy-to-use, yet extremely powerful video editing tool, InVideo is the perfect option.

12. Filmmaker Pro (iOS)

As the name suggests, Filmmaker Pro is a professional-grade video editing app for iPhone users.

The app features over 30 different filters and 39 professional transition options, as well as a variety of advanced editing features, such as chroma keying, video grading, and photo motion.

Filmmaker Pro also includes over 200 different fonts for your text overlays and over 220 gorgeous illustrations and labels you can add to your videos.

There’s also a built-in drawing tool, so you can unleash your creativity with the Apple Pencil on your iPad.

One thing to note is that, although the developers pitch Filmmaker Pro as a free app, most of the advanced features are locked behind a monthly subscription fee.

The free version is more of a free trial, but the paid option is quite affordable at $5.99/month, especially considering the variety of advanced features the tool offers.

13. Hyperlapse

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS

Hyperlapse is an app created by Instagram itself that condenses videos into brief, hyper-speed videos that you can upload to Instagram or Facebook.

You can choose among a few different speeds, and the app will show you how long the hyperlapsed video will be for every speed in comparison to the length of the video in real time.

(So a 40-second video in real time will become roughly a 7-second video in Hyperlapse at 6X speed.) It’s a really cool way to capture something that usually lasts a while — like a sunset or an event setup.

See what happened when I used Hyperlapse to film daybreak at 12X in the video above.

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14. Blender

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Blender is an open-source 3D animation suite that’s excellent for both editing photos and videos, as well as creating stunning 3D animations through modeling, rendering, and motion tracking.

The open source program Blender is more than just a video editor: It’s a full-blown 3D animation suite, which allows for modeling, rendering, motion tracking, and more.

On the video editing side, there are a ton of features, including transitions, speed control, filters, adjustment layers, and more.

There are also 32 slots available for adding video clips, audio clips, images, and effects, which means you can produce some incredibly complex video.

For the amateur video editor, all the functionality that’s available can be a bit overwhelming. But if you’re looking to produce truly professional-quality video — without having to deal with watermarks — Blender is a solid option.

The best part: “You are free to use Blender for any purpose, including commercially or for education,” according to its website.

When it comes to video editing, Blender offers a decent number of features, including:

Filters
Layers
Transitions
Keyframes
Speed control
Audio mixing and syncing
Due to the fact that Blender isn’t primarily a video editor, the sheer number of options in the tool can be a bit overwhelming, and it might prove difficult to find what you’re looking for.

That said, if you know your way around video editing software and you spend some time fiddling with all the different options Blender offers, you’ll find that it’s an excellent tool—especially considering it’s free to use.

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15. iMovie (Apple devices)

Price: Free | Available for: iPhone, iPad and Desktop.

There’s a reason why Apple’s free apps pepper this list; they have a knack of creating brilliantly functional and easy-to-use apps that are loaded with original features.

Their ubiquitous iMovie app does everything a video editor should do. All you have to do is drop in your clips, trim them to size and add in built-in music, effects and animated titles. Nice extras include split-screen effects, 10 high-fidelity filters, green-screen effects and the ability to make Hollywood-style trailers.

As it’s Apple, you can switch between your devices with impunity, using AirDrop and iCloud Drive, to create your final cut.

Pros: Intuitive and easy to pick up, multi-device functionality, save videos in 4K or 1080p60.

Cons: Only available on Apple devices.

16. Avidemux

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Like Machete Video Editor Lite, Avidemux allows you to do basic video editing (no audio editing) without having to worry about loss of video quality. But Avidemux also has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

For starters, the program supports multiple video formats, including AVI, DVD, MPEG, QuickTime, and MP4. What’s more, Avidemux comes with several filters that allow you to perform a host of different functions, from flipping and rotating clips, to adding subtitles, to adjusting colors and brightness levels.

And while the learning curve for Avidemux is slightly steeper compared to Machete Video Editor Lite, the upside is that there’s an extensive Avidemux wiki that covers everything you need to know.

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17. Splice

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS

Splice allows you — as the name suggests — to splice together different video clips on your phone to create a moving collage.

We had a lot of fun playing with this one, especially since Splice even contains a library of musical tracks that can be used as a background for your finished product.

You can also use the app to trim and edit the different pieces of video, and customize transition lengths from one scene to the next.

My colleague, Amanda Zantal-Wiener, experimented with Splice by compiling the above 15-second video of her dog — using only an iPhone 6.

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Easy and intuitive to use
Familiar user-friendly interface
Multi-track and timeline editing with layers and masks
No sign-in required
No watermark, even for free subscribers

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Subscription starts at $2.99/week, or $12.97/month, which is pricier than other alternatives
Effects and music are only available for paid subscribers

18. Vizmato

Price: Free, with in-app purchases | Available for: iPhone and Android.

Vizmato unashamedly targets Instagrammers. Over and above the usual clipping, trimming and editing tools, this app boasts more than 20 themes, upwards of 40 visual effects and over 140 curated and royalty-free backing tracks in the Viztunes library.

Or you can input songs from your own library and choose where to start the song from. Layer up the kitsch with custom text, stickers and a voice modulator if you’re keen to sound like a chipmunk! This all-rounder also lets you film HD video with filters, themes and effects applied while you record.

Pros: Packed full of features, easy to use, one tap export, thriving Vizmato community.

Cons: Themes have to be purchased and only last a month.

19. PowerDirector

Price: Free | Platforms: Android, Windows, macOS

PowerDirector is one of the most comprehensive video editor apps on this list.

It comes with a ton of features, including quick editing tools, various effects and other tools, and it even comes with things like a collage maker and slow motion support.

The interface is relatively easy to work with and it utilizes the classic timeline editor method. It should be more familiar for those who video edit often. It’s free to download and use, but you’ll need to fork out some extra money to get all the features. This is a for-real video editor, especially for larger screens like Chromebooks or tablets.

20. Videoshop

Price: Free, with in-app purchases | Available for: iPhone and Android

Videoshop is another hobbyist video editing app that packs in a surprising amount of functionality. You can do all the usual trimming of clips, add text, transitions and sound effects, and integrate tunes from your own music library.

Beyond that are several quirky little additions. For instance, Videoshop lets you tinker with the playback of your video.

You can speed it up, slow it right down, create stop-motion animations and even play it in reverse. You can also rescale your shots within the video frame, which is a nice touch, and overlay Insta-inspired filters.

Pros: Great for animation, innovative features, easy to use.

Cons: Subscription required for full access to features.

21. VSDC Free Video Editor

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows Only

In experienced hands, the VSDC Free Video Editor can produce some seriously professional-looking video.

In addition to supporting nearly every major video format, the program offers advanced video effects, including object transformation and color correction, as well as advanced audio effects like volume correction and sound normalization.

And unlike WeVideo, the VSDC Free Video Editor is truly free. You can use the program’s full feature set without having to deal with pesky watermarks.

Unfortunately, there is one catch. If you want technical support, you need to pay. (And because there is a bit of a learning curve, there’s a good chance you’ll need to.) Support for the VSDC Free Video Editor costs $9.99 for one month and $14.99 for one year.

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22. ALIVE Movie Maker

Price: Free | Available for: iPhone and Android

ALIVE Movie Maker is another one of those video editing apps aimed directly at the younger end of the content making community.

Designed for creating short videos up to 30 seconds long, this app features a comprehensive selection of filters, animations, customised text, stickers and music effects.

If you’re intending to edit anything more advanced than a cheeky little clip for your social platforms, then this probably isn’t the app for you.

Pros: Easy to use, cloud-based rendering.

Cons: Watermarks on free version, limited to very short videos.

23. Adobe Premiere Rush (cross-platform)

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS, Android

Adobe Premiere Rush is one of two above-average Adobe video editor apps. The other is Adobe Premiere Clip which is closer to a standard mobile video editor.
Anyway, Adobe Premiere Rush is one of the newer video editor apps on the list and it’s quite good.

It comes with a lot of must-have features, including multi-track timelines, cloud syncing, and some advanced editing tools. The app still needs some UI work and some bug fixes, but it has a ton of potential. Plus, it’s included in the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription so it’s worth a shot if you use that service already.

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24. VideoGrade

Price: $5.99 | Available for: iPhone and iPad.

If you love filtering and recolouring your photos on the move, and have always fancied doing the same with your videos, then VideoGrade will tick some serious boxes for you.

Whether you’re looking to recolour a poorly lit video or simply want to add a touch of black and white noir to proceedings, this is one of the few video editing apps available that handles these tasks with ease.

You can really take full control of your filters with interactive histograms of your colour channels, and the split screen review mode lets you compare your edited cut with the original.

Pros: Easy-to-use user interface.

Cons: Requires iOS 12 or later, niche functionality.

25. WeVideo

Price: Free, with in-app purchases (Upgrade plans start from $4.99 per month)

Available for: iOS, Android and Chrome OS.

Thanks to WeVideo’s simplified interface, you don’t have to be Quentin Tarantino to create up to 4K movies.

WeVideo put full control in your hands over all the creative elements, like text, transmissions and motion effects. You can even let your imagination run wild with basic green screen special effects. Cloud storage lets you start your project on one device and pick up where you left off on another.

Plus, when you buy into one of their plans, you gain access to a vast library of licensed and royalty-free video clips, images and music tracks to add some extra gloss to your video.

Pros: Easy interface, multi-device cloud storage.

Cons: Free version includes a watermark and has limited functionality.

26. FilmoraGo (Android, iOS)

FilmoraGo is a video editor app by Wondershare.

It’s easily one of the best video editor apps. This video editor packs a whallop. You can do the basics like trim and cut, render, and that kind of stuff.
It also includes the ability to play in reverse, do square videos (1:1) for Instagram, and 16:9 videos for YouTube specifically. It also has support for things like slow motion, transitions, music, overlays, and more.

It’s not half bad for what you get. There are in-app purchases that add to the power. However, most of the features are, in fact, free.

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27. Cameo

Price: Free | Available for: iPhone.

Video sharing giants Vimeo have weighed in with their own mobile video editing app in the shape of Cameo.

Not to be confused with another app of the same name that lets you buy personalised shout-outs form celebrities (really!), Cameo Video Editor and Movie Maker lets you make HD videos on the fly. Not only can you trim clips, adjust your audio and render files quickly, but you can also add themes, titles and a soundtrack that you can handpick from a curated music catalogue covering more than 12 genres of music.

Of course, once your masterpiece is ready to air, it’s super-easy to share your video on Vimeo.

Pros: Easy to use, wide range of filters.

Cons: Limited to Cameo’s music catalogue, which needs an update.

28. Machete Video Editor Lite

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows Only

At the simple end of the spectrum is Machete Video Editor Lite, a free program allowing you to cut, copy, and paste different sections of video.

As the Machete website puts it, Video Editor Lite was “designed for quick and simple ‘slicing’ of your video files.”

The program’s intuitive interface means you won’t have to waste time shuffling through technical support documents.

And because Video Editor Lite doesn’t re-encode your video files when you slice them, you don’t have to worry about losing video quality.

The main downsides to the program? It only supports the AVI and WMV video formats, and it doesn’t allow for audio editing. Still, if you have zero video editing experience and only need to make simple edits, it’s a great option.

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29. VivaVideo

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS, Android

VivaVideo is one of the exceptionally popular video editing apps.

In practice, though, it’s a very middle-of-the-road video editor. It works especially well for short clips for social media. The app uses a storyboard style of editing where you load clips, edit and trim them as needed, and then move on to the next segment.

It includes over 200 video filters and various other effects, text input, and fast and slow-motion support. VivaVideo has a free version that comes with a watermark and a time limit for any given video. You can remove these restrictions by buying the pro version.

30. Magisto

Price: Starts at free | Platforms: iOS, Android, Online

Designed with one-tap social sharing in mind, Magisto video maker uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to pinpoint the best parts of your footage.

Ideal for mobile video editors on the move, Magisto employs a wealth of video editing techniques – such as stabilisation, facial recognition, filters and effects, and auto cropping – for you to create eye catching videos.

Premium and Professional subscriptions enable you to develop longer movies and access a wider array of editing styles. Either add your own audio or choose a backing track from Magisto’s library of commercially licensed tracks.

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31. Inshot

Price: Starts at free | Platforms: iOS, Android

Official Website: inshot.com

If you want a video editing app for your social media needs, then Inshot is a good choice. It’s specifically geared toward creating clips for social media, and is one of the best video editing apps for that purpose.

For example, it comes with pre-built canvas sizes for everything from IGTV to TikTok.

With a clear and easy to use interface, Inshot makes it smooth and easy to import, trim and edit your clips together, then add filters, stickers, captions, emojis, and other fun things on top, as well as free music and sound effects.

The app is free, but comes with ads, and your videos will be watermarked.

Both can be removed with a small monthly subscription. There are also one-off purchases for more advanced features.

32. Funimate

Price: Free with in-app purchases | Available for: Android

Funimate is one of the surprisingly popular, but not overly powerful video editor apps.

It bills itself as being a great app for making music videos or simple videos out of the stuff you already have on your device. There are 15 video filters that you can play with and the creation process is fairly painless.

This isn’t something you’d want to use on a serious video. It has things like video effects. However, it’s better for short little social media posts rather than actual video production. You can download it for free to try it out yourself.

33. Lightworks

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Like Blender, Lightworks is definitely on the more advanced (and powerful) end of the video editing software spectrum.

In fact, it’s a program that’s been used to edit some well-known and award-winning films, including Pulp Fiction, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The King’s Speech.

There are two different licenses you can choose from with Lightworks: “Free” and “Pro.” (The latter of which, as you might have guessed, requires that you cough up some cash.)

The main difference between the two licenses is that the Pro version offers more features, including stereoscopic output and advanced project sharing. But the free version is still quite powerful, providing 100+ effects and supporting multicam editing.

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Conclusion

That’s pretty much it! So, there are Best Video Editing Apps for Android and iPhone.

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