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These 3 video editing apps give you pro results straight from your phone

Liane Cassavoy | Feb. 10, 2015
Today's tablets and phones have all the processing power you need for creating incredible movies, on the go. Here are three apps that can help.

Today's tablets and phones have all the processing power you need for creating incredible movies, on the go. Here are three apps that can help.


 Apple's $5 iOS video editing app is both slick and simple. It lets you create movies from your own videos and photos stored on your device, or transform them into a Hollywood-style movie trailer. iMovie is (mostly) easy to use, and it helps you create professional-looking results with just a few taps of the screen.

Fire up the app, and click the + sign to start a new project. iMovie lets you choose between a standard movie project, or the Hollywood-style trailer. If you opt for a standard project, you can choose a style to apply, Most of them are sophisticated enough for business use. You can then choose to insert your own video clips and still photos or record new content for the movie.

The interface is mostly intuitive, though I had to search the Web for help on a few points, such as how to split a video clip — which was very easy to do once Google pointed me in the right direction. You also can add audio tracks to your movies, or record new audio files if necessary.

Creating a Trailer is slightly more time-consuming, but not any more difficult. iMovie's wizard walks you through the whole process, from adding cast members and video clips to guiding you through the shots that make it look like the work of a pro.

iMovie takes up a lot of space on your device — 704MB on my iPhone — and it is taxing on your phone, so you may notice it running slowly at times. But that's a small price to pay for a pretty slick video editing tool.


VidTrim's name offers a pretty good hint at what this Android app does: trim video. Luckily, that's not all it does — it also allows you to grab frames, change the resolution, apply some basic effects and more — but it's not the most elegant video editor I've ever seen.

VidTrim is available in a free, but ad-supported version, as well as a $2.70 Pro version. Those ads are annoying: I accidentally tapped them more than once, thinking they would direct me to features in the app itself. It's an easy mistake to make, because the ads stand out against VidTrim's bland interface, which features simple icons directing you to its features.

Once you skirt the ads, you can use these icons to trim, transcode video to another resolution (up to 720p on the free version, 1080p on Pro), merge files, grab frames, save as an MP3, rotate, and apply various effects, such as black and white or blurred filters. Using all of these features is easy, but I didn't like how VidTrim bumped me back to the main menu — rather than back to the page offering all of the effects — every time I finished using one.


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