9 free video editing apps and tutorials for smartphone and tablet users

7 min readJan 22, 2021


Now more than ever before, people have shown their preference for video over any other type of communication. A study published by Forbes has revealed that before the coronavirus outbreak, people spent more than 33% of their time online watching videos. That has likely increased significantly, they added.

“Online marketing increasingly makes more extensive use of video. Not surprisingly, Internet users spend a third of their time online watching videos,” Tracebites agreed in a June 2020 article. “Video is the most used trend in any advertising strategy. Getting the most out of it is key to reaching your audience.”

Video is a powerful way to communicate. It allows you to see, hear, feel emotions and connect with the object of the imagery. That means that video is a very compelling way for marketers to increase brand awareness.

Marketing specialists state that video is quickly overtaking all other content forms as it is more efficient in attracting and engaging viewers. Over half a billion people are watching videos on Facebook daily.

And now, our list of free video editing apps with a tutorial for you to start earning on AnyTask:

“It’s no longer a question of just how powerful video actually is, but what you as a marketer can do to make your video content more effective in reaching the right people,” states Lemonlight in an article that reveals that 85% of videos people watch on Facebook are on mute. It adds that captioned videos get 40% more views than those without captions.These are just a few pointers to take into consideration when creating videos for your clients.

1. Adobe Premiere Rush for iOS and Android

Adobe Premiere Rush begins my list of the best free video editing apps. You may shoot videos via the app on your mobile gadget, import footage from the camera or activate automatic synchronization.

Premiere Rush partially works based on the Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence and is compatible with the last version of Premiere Pro. It allows you to capture, crop, change the sequence of clips, correct colors, record voice-over comments, add color filters and overlay text. You may add audio from the built-in library using iTunes and regulate or switch off the sound, balance it, decrease echo and background noise as well as highlight voices.

Importing files, you can adjust the video quality (up to 4K) and the frame rate (30, 60 fps). Nevertheless, Rush doesn’t allow setting target attributes like bit rate or codec. Learn how to get Adobe Premiere Pro free, a desktop version of the video editor.

While you can find all the free Premiere Rush tutorials directly with Adobe themselves by following this link, we have selected one complete video tutorial for you:

2. Quik, compatible with GoPro for iOS and Android

This GoPro app has some cool features you’ll find very useful. Transitions are automatically synced with the background music’s rhythms and work smoothly with GoPro and Motion Photos. It also converts video into a 16:9 format, a square or a portrait, adjusts the number of frames (30 or 60 fps), and indicates the quality ‒ 360, HD, or Full HD.

The Quik video editor allows importing your recorded material from your smartphone or tablet directly from the camera as well as creating videos from scratch. It also features automatic cropping and editing that significantly boosts the video editing process. It offers manual settings to correct color, more than 20 pre-sets, and the possibility to manage up to 75 photos and video clips within one project. You can also combine the content. And lastly, it is also suitable as a time-lapse editing app.

Like Premiere Rush, Quik allows you to choose a theme and your own soundtrack or sync with your library in several clicks.

While GoPro Quik has a complete step-by-step guide for you here, we have selected a YouTube tutorial for you as well.

3. Magisto for iOS and Android

Magisto is one of the best free video editing apps for beginners. Why? Because it makes the footage editing process very easy by using artificial intelligence. The app comes with all the tools you need to create some very professional videos. It allows you to combine videos and photos, music and text overlay, and add effects and filters.

The AI component of Magisto helps analyse videos, and it chooses the most interesting fragments in three simple steps: firstly, you choose the video editing style. Then, you select photos and clips, and, finally, you select your music from the Magisto built-in music library.

The disadvantage of the free version is that it is limited to 150-second videos. That said, the recommended length for marketing or social media videos is no more than 90 seconds. Visit the Magisto website for more very helpful resources.

4. InShot for basic shots for iOS and Android

InShot is yet another free mobile app that enables fast and simple video editing. It allows you to export videos without quality loss and share them across all social media platforms. InShot supports video editing without modern collages and transitions. It’s excellent for cutting, cropping, or splitting long videos into short clips. The Blur tool also helps blur the background in your videos and photos.

It also allows you to speed up clips, add background, text, funny Emoji, film filters, such effects as Glitch, Stop Motion, Old TV, RGB, and more. You can also adjust sound effects and the off-screen voice. The advantage of this basic app is its simplicity.

5. iMovie for iOS

iMovie is arguably one of the best video editing apps in the industry. It features great tools for color gradation, speed settings, adding text and sound to your digital clips. It supports 4K video and is connected with iTunes and GarageBand. You may save videos on the iCloud Drive, transmit them to Apple TV via AirPlay, and work Apple Photos, Mail, and Messages.

The app allows for custom cropping, combination, leveling, several great filters, including X-Ray, Duo-Tone, and some black and white and retro designs. And iMovie comes with tools to help you manage the equalizer, remove noise, increase voice volume as well as to reduce low and high frequencies.

6. Apple Clips for iOS

Apple Clips is a free video editing app with some advanced editing functions designed to create funny videos. It enables you to create a short story and improve it with artistic filters, music, Emoji, Star Wars stickers, animated text, and much more.

This application is great for giving your video a bookish touch and for editing the background. It features Live Titles. All you have to do is record a video, and Apple Clips will add captions synchronized with your voice.

7. GoPro Quik for iOS and Android

GoPro has made video editing on your phone or tablet an extremely easy thing to do. With the GoPro Quik app, you can quickly turn any video into stylish-looking ones.

This app has several customizable filters, transitions, music, and effects to edit your GoPro footage and make it Instagram worthy. GoPro Quik app is a great editing solution for your GoPro content that you can use right on your mobile phone. It has some great features, like applying automatic music and edits to your footage. The app interface is simple and fun to use, thanks to the ability to insert titles, reorder clips, add your own songs, and more. Also, the app is intuitive, fast, and reliable.

8. Funimate for iOS and Android

Second to the last on our list of free apps for iOS and Android is the Funimate mobile app. It comes with a basic toolset and is great for video editing and live streaming. It is trendy among TikTok users. It is the best Android video editor to instantly create funny videos using more than 100 effects. It allows you to combine or create your own effects. You may even create short video-circles to interest your followers.

Funimate offers tools to combine, level, crop, add text, smiles, figures, effects, and transitions. It has a limited audio library of its own and allows you to use the external audio files you want.

9. PowerDirector by Cyberlink for iOS and Android

Cyberlink’s PowerDirector could be considered the best alternative to iMovie. This video editor allows you to create videos in 4K format, editing clips using temporary timelines and sharing them on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

The interface is user-friendly, and you may easily edit scenes on a timeline, add transitions and titles. It also allows you to create videos with a fast-forward or slow motion, regulate the speed, eliminate video shake and edit the background with the help of a green screen using the chromatic button.

PowerDirector also comes equipped with some awesome effects and a photo collage maker. You’ll be able to add background music and voice-overs. The video editor contains more than 30 video effects, 40 transitions, 290 stickers, 15 title templates, and 65 color filters. This app’s disadvantage is the watermark placed over your finished work, which is why it’s last on our list.

That’s it for now, but be on the lookout for our list of free mobile apps to help you get started as a photo editor with your smartphone or tablet. And don’t forget to visit the AnyTask newsroom and the Tips for Sellers section.

Originally published at https://news.anytask.com on January 22, 2021.




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