Although a mobile video editor can’t compete with heavy video editing suites like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, it works for doing the basic editing. At the very least, it works well for editing social or vlogging videos for posting to Instagram and TikTok. Then, it may also surprise with powerful features.
Nevertheless, whatever be your reason for editing videos on the go, you’re in the right place. In this write-up, I’m going to pick and discuss the best video editing apps for Android and iOS. Let’s check them out; shall we?
FilmoraGo is an impressive mobile video editor that helps produce incredible slick videos. It features the most basic editing tools like cut, trim, etc. That’s not all, it also supports reverse play and fast- or slow-motion editing, surprisingly!
FilmoraGo enables you to import photos and videos, preview clips in real-time, as well as share them on most of the social channels. Also, it avails numerous filters, music tracks, themes, and still and motion graphics. Then, it has in-app purchases — effects and themes — if you’re looking for more creativity.
- Supports reverse play and slow-motion video editing.
- Creates aspect-ready videos per the target platform.
- No support for multi-track editing and 4K videos.
- Adds a watermark clip; removable with a subscription.
Cyberlink ActionDirector features most of the basic functions for editing and adjusting videos in its intuitive interface. What sets it apart from FilmoraGo is its support for editing and producing 4K videos with remarkable clarity.
Also, you can record videos, add text, and add music for creating soundtracks. You can transform videos using complex action effects; for example, you can replay or rewind sections to highlight parts of a video. This feature to highlight key moments makes it unique from other apps including FilmoraGo.
- Supports adding slow- or fast-motion effects and more.
- Supports editing and creating 4K videos, unlike FilmoraGo.
- No support for filters and layers, unlike most other apps.
Supported platforms – Android only.
Adobe Premiere Rush is the mobile sibling of Premiere Pro — one of the most powerful creative editing suites. It’s an all-in-one, cross-device video editing app with an inbuilt camera for creating pro-quality videos on mobile devices.
If you’re a pro video creator, you’ll love its multi-track timeline editing and cloud sync capabilities, which are missing in FilmoraGo. On top of the basic editing features, it avails motion graphics and auto-ducking effects. However, it limits free exporting, rendering, or sharing to three videos, unlike others.
- Supports exporting projects for Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Features multi-track timeline editing, unlike FilmoraGo.
- No support for specifying the video output size.
- No unlimited exports in the free plan, unlike FilmoraGo.
If you love creating lip-sync or music videos, Funimate is your ideal video editor on mobile devices. It offers all the primary editing features like cutting, merging, and trimming as well as effects and filters, like most such apps.
Unlike the above-mentioned editors, Funimate has 100+ video effects. It also allows you to create your own effects, surprisingly! After you create a video, you can share it privately on social networks or other apps like WhatsApp.
- Features all the basic video editing options and tools.
- Allows creating your own effects, unlike most such apps.
- Fewer transitions, filters, and other effects than other apps.
- Annoys users by reporting pro effects when saving videos.
KineMaster is a user-friendly app to create unique animation videos. Its intuitive interface allows you to quickly import and perform the basic editing functions. That’s not all, it packs a lot of advanced features.
KineMaster lets you add and control voice-overs, video layers, reverse videos, special effects, and a lot more things to create amazing videos. It also avails chroma key compositing — a feature used for compositing two images or videos based on color hues, which is missing in all the above-mentioned apps.
- Supports handling multiple layers in a video, unlike others.
- Supports voice-overs, voice changers, sound effects, and more.
- Adds a watermark to videos; removable on subscription.
- A few assets and advanced tools require a subscription.
PowerDirector offers robust video editing tools to create high-definition videos with chroma key compositing. It avails key editing functions in its timeline interface — rotate, split, trim, and various more tools. Surprisingly, it features multi-track timeline video editing, unlike most apps on this list.
It utilizes an inbuilt video stabilizer to help you create smooth, stutter-free videos, i.e., you can fix shaky videos using this app. PowerDirector also avails a slow-motion editor for creating slow-mo videos with various effects.
- Supports creating slow-motion videos using effects.
- Supports editing the background, just like KineMaster.
- Support for Full HD and 4K videos requires a subscription.
- Shows adverts and watermarks in the free version.
Supported platforms – Android only.
Quik — from the team behind GoPro — helps you quickly produce a video from your photos or video clips. It searches for memorable moments in your photos and videos and creates a video using them. Then, you can perform all the basic editing functions including adjusting the color filters and effects.
What’s unique? Quik boasts of allowing you to customize everything before exporting the video. You can smart cut it, add GPS stickers, speed up or slo-mo it, choose a format or resolution, and do a lot more. However, it’s not as powerful as Premiere Rush or PowerDirector, but it works well for creating videos.
- Features auto-editing for a few options for creating a video.
- Supports GoPro Fusion when exported in OverCapture mode.
- No support for 4K videos, unlike a few apps on this list.
- A few users reported a lot of bugs in the app, unfortunately!
VivaVideo helps create short clips for social media sites — YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. It features all the essential functions including cutting, cropping, merging, or doing more with a video, like Quik and KineMaster.
VivaVideo lets you load or import multiple clips and merge them. You can make memes and movies with transition effects using this app. Also, it can help compose music and pics or stitch videos. Lastly, the editor boasts of a massive library of 200+ filters along with support for fast/slow-motion videos.
- Supports exporting videos in Full HD and 4K sizes.
- Features slow-motion video maker and slideshow maker.
- Adds watermark and limits the duration in the free version.
- A few users reported bugs wherein the app gets frozen.
ALIVE is a short video editing app that helps capture, distribute, and highlight moments, like Quik and ActionDirector. With ALIVE, you can perform the basics — crop or trim, glue or reorder content, and customize design filters.
As with PowerDirector and Premiere Rush, it offers powerful timeline editing. Its inbuilt functionalities — filters, stickers, and video effects — lets you become creative in your videos. The app allows you to produce fun videos and socially interact with other creators for gaining creative inspiration.
- Features timeline editing, unlike most of its competitors.
- Add watermarks to your videos in the free version.
- Limits the video duration to just 30 seconds.
Magisto is a handy app to compose short to medium length videos. An artificial intelligence engine empowers the app to auto-create videos for you, just like FilmoraGo and Quik. It can choose the best moments from your phone storage and create videos by combining effects and filters with some music.
You just need to pick your editing style, select photos and videos, then choose music for your video. And Magisto will manage the rest, like Quik. It has a video stabilizer as well, like PowerDirector, letting you create smooth videos.
- Exports 2.5-minute videos in HD or Full HD quality.
- Auto-converts your moments and videos to memories.
- Limits free editing features including video duration.