Video is taking over the world, and rightly so, given how fun and engaging it is. The best part is that you do not need any fancy equipment to create your videos. The iPhone or iPad camera comes through as an excellent alternative to shoot as most have high-resolution lenses. Moreover, there are tons of amazing apps that are easy to use and give you professional-looking results in minutes.
If this sounds exciting, here’s my round-up of some of the best video editing apps for iPhone and iPad.
- VN Video Editor
- Filmmaker Pro
- Adobe Premiere Rush
1. VivaVideo: Video Editor&Maker -Editor’s choice
VivaVideo is popular among iPhone and Android users alike and has been around for more than a decade. The app lets you combine different videos. So you can shoot videos in segments and merge them later.
Want to add more effects like fire surrounding a character to your video? It’s all in there. Additionally, it features an edit section where you can cut, split, and remerge parts of your video. One of the catchy features of this app is its array of music themes that lets you include music and animated theme in your video simultaneously.
You can also add music to videos from within the app, your local files, or even record a voice-over. The voice-over effect might’ve been perfect for musicians looking to add some more harmony to their songs. But you can’t listen and record at the same time.
While some people use its free version for minor editing, this limits the timing of the video you can edit. Moreover, professional video editors prefer the premium plan to remove watermarks and ads, use more advanced features and get unlimited timing on edits. Not ready to export a video? You can save it in the draft and edit it later.
- Add a music theme to your video
- Merge and edit multiple video clips at once
- Record a voice-over or add music from local files
- Draft your edits and fall back to them later
- Free version can’t edit more than five minutes of video length
- You can’t record and listen simultaneously during a voice-over
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $1.99)
2. InShot – Video and image editing features
InShot not only lets you edit videos but also pictures and even lets you create collages. It allows you to combine multiple videos at a time. The merging speed can be slow, though.
Its video editor brings many features. For instance, you can trim, cut, or split videos easily. And adding music or a voice-over to your video is easy. It also lets you add stickers to videos, and if you want to animate stickers, there’s an edit section offering various effects, including background blurring.
With InShot, sharing videos has never been easier. And when saving a video, you can tweak its resolution between the 720p and 1080p 4k options. If you feel a video needs more touch, you can draft and edit it later.
Its free version forces you to view intruding ads, wasting ample time. But you can remove this and even get advanced features through a monthly or annual subscription or a one-time purchase.
- Flexible subscriptions
- Save edited videos in two resolutions
- Easily edit photos and create picture collages
- Animate stickers and blur background in videos
- Free version has ads
- It can be a bit laggy
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $1.99)
3. Splice: Video Editor & Maker – Best for pre-trimming video
For a nice and crisp edit of your videos, Splice comes as one of the top choices. It features a tab for tracking changes you’ve made to a video. Like other video editing apps, this one also lets you cut, merge, and trim videos.
However, you can also pre-trim a video before loading it to the app. This comes in handy when you need to chunk the video size before merging it with another to speed up your edits.
However, the in-app effects are few but decent. The editing tools are limited on the free plan. But you get advanced editing options with a premium plan.
You can easily caption a video, change its title for easy sorting, and add music or a voice-over. If you’re editing a video for a particular purpose, say YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram, Splice allows you to choose a standard aspect ratio for them.
You can also pick from other definite aspect ratios if you don’t want those. However, when you draft an edit, the app syncs it to iCloud automatically to spare your device storage.
- Choose the video aspect ratio
- Pre-trim a video before the actual edit
- Automatic iCloud upload saves device space
- Free plan doesn’t show intruding ads
- Downloading drafts from iCloud might take time
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $1.99)
4. VN Video Editor – Free video editor with mirror imaging
Want to extract sound from a video or trim it to a particular size accurately? VN Video Editor features all you need. And using the app is easy once you get the hang of it. You also get the option to pick your preferred aspect ratio, depending on your video’s target social platforms, like Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and more.
Like many of its kind, it allows you to draft videos and edit them later. Despite being free, the app features many functionalities making editing easy.
Indeed, it has all the features of a typical video editing app. These include cutting, trimming, and merging videos. And it lets you add a filter to lighten dull visions. While editing videos, you can zoom in on the editing panel to edit a small part of it more accurately. Hence, you can get a professionally edited piece out of this one.
You can choose a cover for a video from your gallery, add music to it from your local files, iTunes, or paste an iCloud link to music to use it in your video.
One captivating feature of the app is its support for video flipping and mirroring. So the flipping function features options for orienting a video by 360 degrees. To see more magic unfold, you might want to use the mirror feature to reverse the video view.
- Get a mirror image of your videos
- Completely free
- Versatile video editing tools
- Zoom-trim videos for accuracy
- Select music from iTunes, local files, or insert a link from iCloud
- Might be hard to navigate initially
For a quick edit of your videos, you might want to try Lomotif. It has a simple interface. Besides video editing, Lomotif features a social section allowing you to join various channels on the platform. And when you do, you can upload videos, edit them, and see those uploaded by other members on the app.
Although Lomotif doesn’t offer many editing tools you’d find on other apps, it’s a quick means to share live and edited videos with other people using the app.
Nonetheless, you can add stickers to videos, add up to three built-in filters, and insert music. It also features a trimmer for chunking videos and offers up to three different aspect ratios.
Ultimately, you can save an edit to your local camera roll, share it in a channel, or mark it private to prevent others from seeing it. There’s no way to share a video with an external source from the app, but you can save and share it later from your camera roll. And, of course, it’s free!
- Offers a social media platform
- Mark edited videos as private
- View videos shared by other Lomotif users
- Great for quick edit
- Completely free
- Limited editing tools
6. Filmmaker Pro – Insert pictures into videos easily
Filmmaker Pro is another video editing app with a simple interface. It’s one of the best apps for inserting pictures into video scenes. One of its unique features is it supports project import from other editing apps. Hence, if a feature isn’t available on one app, you can import its output into Filmmaker Pro to continue editing.
It also supports audio extraction from videos, audiometer-assisted voice-over, and music insertion. And if you like, you can import music into a video from your iTunes purchases.
Further, adding a caption to a video comes in different forms. This feature supports voice-to-text besides manual typing. You can bend the text up to 360 degrees. And the fonts are available in 90+ different styles, giving you beautiful captioning. The voice-to-text feature needs careful accenting to work, though.
The app is free for the most part, but to remove the watermark and get advanced features, you’ll need a paid subscription.
There’s also an autosave feature to prevent progress loss during editing. Notably, Filmmaker Pro supports 4k resolution video editing and lets you save your edits in various aspect ratios and frame heights. And you can share your videos directly from the app.
- Support for 4K video editing
- Autosave feature prevents progress loss
- Add captions using voice-to-text or manual typing
- Free version doesn’t show ads
- Share your videos easily
- Free version features limited tools and includes a watermark
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $0.99)
7. iMovie – Best free video editing app for YouTubers
Are you into movie trailers or love creating scenes from video chunks? Here’s a pretty decent option from Apple itself!
iMovie comes in handy. The app features many built-in trailer templates for creating short storylines. This might be a valuable tool for refreshing memories with loved ones. Have many videos in chunks and want to merge them into one? You can do it easily!
Indeed, the app has more features beyond what this article can cover. That said, what’s alluring is its cast outline and storyboard. Hence you can create trailers by cutting your videos into segmented storylines. Or, you can add, cut, trim, and merge them from your video gallery using its Movie mode.
If you also prefer to record storylines using your camera, you can do that too. This feature is suitable for creating video shorts and captivating stories from your photos or videos.
However, for longer videos, its movie section comes in handy. And it supports high-resolution videos. While you need to install the app separately on iOS, it comes built-in with macOS. So using it on macOS even makes using it a breeze. You might want to see our guide on using iMovie on macOS for a glimpse.
- Create captivating shorts and storylines using its storyboard
- Edit your videos on the go
- Completely free
- Supports high-resolution videos
- Stable update
- No professionalism is required to make trailers and movies
- Suitable for creating YouTube videos
- The app might malfunction if your network isn’t stable
8. Adobe Premiere Rush – Best video editing app for music
Adobe doesn’t stop to make media creation easy for users. Premiere Rush features all you need to edit your video despite being free. What I find intriguing about the app is you can edit videos in layers. This allows you to lock some layers while focusing on the others.
If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you’ll appreciate its video layering feature as well. The ability to layer videos vertically makes this ideal for merging musical harmonies and beats. It means you can record various voices and join them later using Adobe Premiere Rush.
Interestingly, you can duplicate a layer to increase your voice’s weight. Although the app offers premium plans, you’ll still enjoy most features on the free version.
The layer feature also supports voice-over, but this would’ve been better if you could record while the other layers play. Unfortunately, that’s not possible at the time of writing.
For a lighter output, you can even extract audio from merged videos. Besides trimming, cutting, and merging, you can speed up playback time while editing. Its graphic segment lets you caption your video and add transitions as you like.
You can share your videos immediately or save them locally. However, the app supports saving and sharing in various resolutions. You’ll love this app!
- Edit videos in layers
- Merge videos vertically to play at the same frequency
- Extract audio from edited videos
- Increase or reduce video speed
- Choose a resolution to save storage space and reduce data usage
- Free version doesn’t display ads
- You can’t play other layers while recording a voice-over
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $3.99)
9. Videoshop – Friendly interface
Videoshop is a versatile video editing tool with a simple, friendly user interface. Importing videos into the app is pretty fast, and if you like to record a video instantly, that’s possible as well. Its editing section features tools for cropping, trimming, and captioning, among others.
This one also features a voice-over. But you’ll hardly hear the main voice sound, though. There’s also a music overlay feature, and it provides background voices like crowd clapping, amusement, and more. Indeed, this doesn’t fall short of what a typical video editing app should have.
But if you want to listen to some funny voices or see whimsical scenes from your videos, try using Videoshop’s reverse feature.
Further, you can reduce or increase the final playback video speed. Besides the subtle ads on the free plan, Videoshop delivers one of the best editing features experiences. You might want to opt for the premium plan to remove ads and use more features, anyway.
- Reverse videos with their sound
- Importing videos is fast
- Simple and easy-to-use editing interface
- Record a video or import from your libraries
- Free version sometimes displays intruding ads
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $0.99)
Triller is one of the best editing apps for crafting videos for social media, music mixing, and more. Indeed, it’s one of the most popular apps out there for video editing. So you can trust its credibility.
Notably, it has a better voice-over than most apps, as you can hear the existing voice while recording over it. This feature is perfect for mixing musical harmonies.
And if you like, you can add music overlays from your local library. With Triller, captioning your video is easier. You can add as many stickers as you want at any point in a video and adjust them as you like.
Further, it has a free version, but this features intruding ads, and, worse, it watermarks your videos. But you can remove these with a premium subscription.
Also, this app does what typical video editors do. But you’ll find its playback speed and atmosphere adjusters intriguing. Plus, it allows video rotation by 360 degrees and has a crisp splitting effect for chunking videos.
Moreover, it also supports layer editing, making concurrent editing a breeze. Ultimately, you can easily share your output with friends or save it in your local directory.
- Listen to the existing voice during a voice-over
- Easy to use
- Supports layer editing
- Easily split videos into chunks
- Free version contains ads
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $0.49)
Although YouTube provides a dedicated editor for creators, most YouTubers opt for third-party tools due to limited features in its built-in option.
Ideally, as a YouTuber, you want to use an app offering video editing tools you need to make a professional video. Apps like iMovie, Video Editor, Viva Video, and Adobe Premiere Rush come at the top. But this isn’t to disapprove the others.
It’s hard to find video editing apps without watermarks in their free form. But to narrow it down, VN Video, iMovie, and Lomotif are free options you can try out without having a watermark around your videos. Plus, these are great apps with advanced features, despite being free. You might want to try any of them.
Yes. iMovie comes in handy for creating shorts and stories from memories. Its movie section is ideal for heavy editing. And it supports 4K resolution. Plus, it’s a free app that has a macOS version. It means you can use it on a larger screen.
Most apps listed here are great for making videos for social platforms, but you might want to consider those that come with a built-in aspect ratio for your target social platform. Also, an app like Lomotif, which already has a social platform, might come in handy here.
Video editing can be an uphill battle on smaller devices like the iPhone and iPad without suitable tools. With any of these recommended apps in hand, you can now edit your pieces like a pro. Nonetheless, choose the one that best suits your purpose and target audience. Have any questions or inquiries? Let me know in the comments.
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Idowu is an avid tech writer and a software surfer who loves covering knowledge gaps in consumer software, including anything related to iPhones. Well, when he's not reading and learning new things, you'll find Idowu losing gallantly on a solid chessboard or virtually on Lichess.
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