Practical Ecommerce

14 Video Editing Apps for Smartphones

Merchants now have a variety of tools to shoot and edit creative product videos entirely from a smartphone.

Here is a list of video editing apps for your smartphone. There are feature-rich video editors to mix and style commercial videos. There are also apps to create and share quick mobile video stories on social networks, such as Vine and Instagram. All of these video editors are either free or very inexpensive.

Video Editing Apps

Vine. Vine is an app to create 6-second looping videos. Create stop-motion animated videos by recording a sequence of short clips, which Vine will compile once the six seconds are completed. Share the video on Vine, Twitter and Facebook. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Instagram. Instagram now allows users to create fifteen second videos. Record multiple clips to create a montage. After recording a video, apply a variety of filters. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

YouTube Capture. YouTube Capture offers easy, fast recording. Make videos pop with automatic color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks. Upload to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter simultaneously. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

iMovie. Make HD movies and publish directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more. Tap to add video, photos, music, and sound effects. Choose from a selection of themes, titles, transitions, and music. Available on iOS. Price: $4.99.

Vyclone. Vyclone is a collaborative app to mix footage from multiple sources. Let Vyclone synchronize and edit multiple angles, or remix your own cut. Ideal for footage of customers with a product in action. Available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Price: Free.

ReelDirector. ReelDirector is an easy-to-use editing app with titles and effects. Splice, trim, and split video clips with a scrollable timeline. Record soundtrack and insert transitions. Available on iOS. Price: $1.99.

Splice. Splice together high-definition photos and videos. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like “Ken Burns,” slow motion, and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and more. Available on iOS. Price: $3.99.

VideoGrade. VideoGrade is a fast, easy-to-use color-grading tool. Whether you want to radically change the look of your videos or subtly enhance them, VideoGrade has the tools you need. Available on iOS. Price: $4.99.

Cute CUT. Cute CUT provides the utilities of a common video editor, as well as an assortment of tools to add style. It features drag and drop editing, tools to draw directly on images, borders, gradients, and transitions. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Montaj. Montaj is a creative storytelling tool to share moments. Shoot clips with your iPhone, then shake to edit clips, add a filter and a song. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Magisto. Magisto analyzes your videos and photos, adds your chosen music, themes, and effects, and splices them together. Easily share movies to Facebook timeline, Twitter, email and YouTube. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Video Edit. Video Edit is a simple and straightforward app for fast editing and rendering on iOS. With no-nonsense features and a sleek, minimal design, Video Edit offers effortless, mobile video editing. Available on iOS. Price: $2.99.

HighlightCam. HighlightCam allows users to automatically edit movies from their smartphones. Select your favorite pictures and videos, then HighlightCam edits them together with music and special effects. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Lapse It. Lapse It is an app for capturing time-lapse and stop motion videos. It features a fast render engine up to 1080p (a high definition mode), assorted filters, customizable frame rate, and video trimmer. Share directly to YouTube, Facebook, and more. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

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Comments ( 18 )

  1. Pam Neely June 25, 2013 Reply

    This is fantastic! Thank you.

    I took the time to download all the free apps, including the free version of Splice. Next time I have to wait somewhere I can start editing videos.

    • Linda Williams April 27, 2016 Reply

      I really like Splice for the range of effects it provides, it’s pretty cool.
      I also have installed VideoSound on my iPhone for creating slideshows.
      It’s lesser known, but worth checking out:

  2. marialynette June 28, 2013 Reply

    Interesting apps!!! Smartphone is the king today, where they became our best companion by involving in our activities. The availability of apps for various purposes increases the number users. For more smartphone apps visit:

  3. Baoguang Zhai July 14, 2013 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much for coming up with this comprehensive list! I have been looking for that for a long time, but none of the existing resources are so exhaustive. And apart from vine, snapchat, and instagram which we all know have been wildly successful. Do we know which of the other apps (not counting corporate ones like YouTube or iMovie) have relatively more users?

    Thanks, Baoguang

  4. Jerry Lazar July 15, 2013 Reply

    Terrific compilation, thanks!… Let me add one more, which is designed to give your videos a more professional treatment… Instagram and Vine apps are fun for quick posts, but for serious business, get VideoPro Camera — designed by a pro, for pros… Its features include precision-controlled zoom speed; independent locking of focus, exposure, and white balance; an on-screen audio meter; control of video quality and frame rate; and stabilization – all with controls that are easy to see and use. VideoPro Camera was invented and developed by Ken Kobre, author of classic textbooks "Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach" and "Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling," and producer of the feature documentary "Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 AP Photojournalists."

  5. David Warner October 24, 2013 Reply

    Yes, Now a days everyone using Smartphones.this is the king right now.if you wnat more information about mobile apps related things visit:

  6. Colm Barry December 2, 2013 Reply

    Our new video editing app has just recently being released on the Play Store. It’s a radical approach to video editing on Smartphone and Tablet devices and moves away from the traditional time-line and automatic editing of most mobile software apps. The app allows users to mix their videos, photos and audio live at the touch of a button and puts the user in full control of their mix and allows them to create the video the way they want.

  7. Greg Fox December 3, 2013 Reply

    I found a new video editor app called Videocraft. Is has many features and already making a lot of funny videos with it.

  8. cell phone booster December 25, 2013 Reply

    I am using Instagram is my galaxy s4 and it is the best application for me to do the editing.

  9. Maneksh February 11, 2014 Reply
  10. Abinav April 26, 2014 Reply

    I’ve been using Splice for editing my videos and it seems to be very good and easy to use app…Thanks for providing some alternatives too..:)
    It would be great, if you have a look at some of the best video editing apps available for ANdroid and iPhone too..

  11. Jill Kocher June 13, 2014 Reply

    AndroVid is my favorite for Android. There’s a free version which let’s you trim and do the basic functions, and you can upgrade to the Pro version to rotate and do other more difficult editing for a fee. I can’t remember what the cost is on the Play Store (and it won’t show me because I already bought it), but it’s $1.99 on Amazon.


  12. Philippa February 15, 2015 Reply

    Ive been using ‘splice’ on my iphone to edit my gopro videos. Its fantastic only problem now is I have an android phone and splice is an apple app.
    Can you please help me find an app like spice for the android phone.

  13. Luiz September 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi, we are the developers from Lapse It, mentioned in the article. We recently launched Flow – Slow and Fast Motion on the App Store. Check it out:

  14. elearning guy March 9, 2016 Reply

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  15. Sklylark April 25, 2016 Reply

    Great Post. Thanks for sharing. Information on development of iPhone, iPad, and android mobile is also available on

  16. Sandra July 14, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for this comprehensive list. It’s really helpful for a newbie to video editing like myself :-)