Video Editing Apps

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1. Magisto – Magical Video Editor by SightEra Technologies Ltd
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magisto-magical-video-editor/id486781045?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magisto
Developer: http://www.magisto.com/
Magisto is the perfect app for those that prefer to put all the video editing into someone else’s capable hands – in this case an app full of incredible algorithms that magically transforms your videos automatically. Users simply upload their video and photographs and the app analyzes it on three levels – visual, audio and storytelling to produce a professional looking movie. The app is free to use but there is a premium version that requires a monthly or annual subscription fee. The premium feature enables longer movies (25 clips and 20 photos per movie), unlimited downloads and unlimited cloud storage for all movies.  Users have rated this app 4.5 stars (Apple) and 4.4 stars (Android).

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2. Viddy by Viddy, Inc.
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/viddy/id426294709?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.viddy.Viddy
Developer: http://www.viddy.com/
Viddy is used by people that enjoy capturing quick video and sharing it with friends. Simply take a short video with your mobile device, use custom video filters (effects, music and contrast) to make it perfect then share with one click to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or YouTube or share privately via email or text. They are limited to 30 seconds so this is not the app for those long home movies but it is a lot of fun for those that enjoy social networking. There is also a Viddy community that gives another way to share and connect with new friends from around the world.  Users have rated this app 5 stars (Apple) and 4 stars (Android).

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3. Lapse It (Time Lapse & Stop Motion) by Interactive Universe
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id539108382
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ui.LapseIt
Developer: http://www.lapseit.com/
Lapse It is a great tool for those interested in time lapse photography to create stunning and unique videos. There are two versions – a free app and an in-app purchase option for the Pro edition. While the free version is a great way to get familiar with the app users will get the best experience by upgrading to the Pro version. One major benefit of the Pro version is the ability to create 1080p full HD videos. For those that may have tried this app in the past and found bugs, it is worth taking another look as the developers have performed a number of bug fixing updates. Users have rated this app 4.5 stars (Apple) and 4.2 stars (Android).

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4. Socialcam by Autodesk Inc.
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/socialcam-5.3/id605542463?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.socialcam.android
Developer: https://socialcam.com/
Socialcam is a tool for capturing, sharing and viewing videos on your mobile device and also sharing them to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and via email and SMS. Users can enjoy unlimited video length and storage in the cloud. Add titles, themes, soundtracks, vintage filtering and more.  Users can have private accounts and private videos as well as those shared with friends. The app gives access to all public content uploaded by other users as well. The developers are actively upgrading the app to make it even better. Users have rated this app 4.5 stars (Apple) and 3.5 stars (Android).

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5. Vyclone by Vyclone Inc.
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/app/vyclone/id521680614?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vyclone.angles
Developer: http://vyclone.com/
Vyclone takes video editing to a whole new level by integrating a social aspect to create collaborated videos with people from around the world. Users create a Vyclone network and from there are able to create a seamless recording with other users content mixed in. Imagine doing a video about a recent vacation and compiling it with other exmaples people have shot in that same place! The ways this can be used are endless. A recent update added GPS capability so users can locate recordings that have been filmed around them that they might want to add to their collaboration.  Users have rated this app 4.5 stars (Apple) and 4 stars (Android).

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6. Cute Cut by YU BO
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cute-cut-full-featured-video/id583555212?mt=8
Android: Not Available
Developer: http://cutecut.mobivio.com/
Cute Cut is unique in that not only does it provide the features of a common video editing app there are additional features that you don’t normally see. The app features drag & drop editing as well as drawing right on the images. With 30+ drawing tools and 3 advanced brushes users can personalize video in ways never before possible. When completed users can save to their camera roll, send to friends via email or publish to YouTube or Facebook. The website includes tutorials and usage tips. The free version has a watermark and a movie length limit on exporting – the Pro upgrade is just $5.99. Apple users have given this app a 4 star rating.

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7. MONTAJ by Montaj, Inc.
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/montaj-video-editing-sharing/id545997471?mt=8
Android: Not Available
Developer: http://www.montajapp.com/
Montaj is a simple to use free social video app in which users can rearrange clips on a storyboard screen or use the shake phone feature to shuffle through clips, audio and filters. A soundtrack can be added from iTunes. The app is designed to be easy to grasp on the first try yet complex enough to do more as users become more adept at using it. They can be shared within MONTAJ or via Facebook, Twitter and Email. Take a look at the public films on MONTAJ for inspiration on ways to use this app.  Apple users have given this app a 4.5 star rating.

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8. Qik Video by Skype Communications S.a.r.l
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qik-video/id439715497?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qik.android&hl=en
Developer: http://qik.com/
People that have an iPhone with Face Time know that it is great to be able to video chat with friends and family but they’ve often been frustrated at not being able to connect with people that do not have an iPhone. With Qik’s video chat feature users can place live video calls to other Qik users that use a variety of different mobile devices including about 93% of Android phones. Another drawback of Face Time is the need to be on a Wi-Fi connection but with Qik that is not a limitation. A pretty cool feature is the ability to add 13 real-time effects such as B&W, mirrored, sepia, tints, x-ray and more. The app also allows for recording and instantly sharing recordings to social networks. Upgrading to the Premium version allows for unlimited storage, anytime video mail, sync to Qik desktop, HD and 3D video recording, priority support and more. Qik is currently offering a free trial offer (30 days) of their premium service. It normally costs $4.99/month or $44.99/year. Users have rated this app 4 stars (Apple) and 3.8 stars (Android).

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9. VidTrim Pro by Goseet
Apple:  Not Available
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goseet.VidTrimPro&feature=search_result
Developer: App is Open Source
Ad supported free version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goseet.VidTrim
The free version of VidTrim is an ad supported trial version as it has a watermark on created videos. The Pro version is less than $5 so it just makes sense to go ahead and get it first rather than take time working on a video only to have a watermark on it. This editor and organizer has plenty of editing features including frame grabbing, trimming, extract audio, transcoding and more. Users can even share videos with friends right from the app. A recent upgraded added full HD (1080p) transcode target. Android users have given this app a 4.4 star rating.

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10. Face Changer Video by Scoompa
Apple:  Not Available
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scoompa.talkingfriends
Developer: http://www.scoompa.com/site/
Just had to include an app that has very little to do with serious video editing but is a riot to use. Life is just too short not to do something just for the fun of it. This app is used to change and animate faces. Use it on an image from your gallery, images from Facebook or from any image you find on the Internet. Users can change the eyes, mouth, ears, nose and even add predefined cute voices such as a chipmunk or robot voice. While mostly for fun this app could also be used for something more serious such as to help make a decision on whether or not to grow a beard. Android users have given this app a 4.5 star rating.
Video editing can be useful for business, a great way to record wonderful memories or just a way to have some fun. These ten apps make it possible for even those with no experience to create stunning and enjoyable videos – all from a mobile device.  These are the best of the best currently available so you are sure to find at least one or two that fit the bill for making your next cinematic creation.

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