Editing apps for mobile devices
There are literally hundreds of mobile apps that you can use to help you with making your films, from full edit suites, to special effects and sound mixing.
There’s no set rules here so use what you are comfortable with. You may find that kids in your class want to use different apps because they want to use what they are used to – and the good news is that you don’t have to be an expert on any of them. There are online tutorials for everything!
However, for groups working on the same project, we suggest you follow the following tips to make the edit go as smoothly as possible:
If using different devices or apps for filming, make sure the picture size and fps (frames per second) settings are the same.
It’s much easier only using one device for all the editing, that way everyone can dump their footage, audio and graphics onto the one device to compile in an app with consistent settings. If using separate devices you will have to stitch the pieces together later which can get a bit tricky, especially if they have been exported in different formats or settings.
As you know, different apps are available on Apple and Android devices, so when working in a team you need to make sure all the pieces are compatible. We’ve put together the table below as a quick reference of where you can use our favourite apps.
Your smartphone’s in-built camera
Phone cameras are getting fancier and fancier. Just make sure you turn your phone landscape, and think about how you are getting good sound.
• Make sure you have enough storage space
• Make sure your frame size and fps settings are consistent across devices (see camera settings on phone)
• If using a different device for editing, how are you transferring it over? The file is likely to be too big to email so you may need to make sure you’re on a good Wi-Fi network and use Airdrop, Dropbox, Google Drive or another file sharing app.
A super simple app that helps you focus on the story, while it magically edits your film together for you. Great for younger students, beginners or for a one-lesson or homework task. Currently only available on iPhone and iPad. Check it out here:
Native to Apple this is a great editing app that is really simple to use and has heaps of functionality. But alas the official app is only available on Apple devices, and the android imitations don’t have as much functionality.
You can access a help screen from within the app or you can check out tutorials here.
Native to android, Movie Maker is an easy to use basic video editing app. It only allows for one layer of video or image, with a layer for text and a layer for audio, and you can even record your own voiceover directly into the project. It has an inbuilt tutorial to get you started straight away.
Adobe Premiere Clip
Available on both Android and Apple devices, this is a simple app for basic editing. It has in-built music, filters, speed and basic transitions settings for single video layer plus music layer editing. Titles and images can also can be added as separate slides. Great to get you started on the concept of video editing, and also great for quick projects on the fly.
Check out how easy it is to use here.
Adobe Spark Video
Great app available on Apple devices and through an internet browser, and soon to be available on android. Users can easily combine still slides with voiceover and music to create a video – great for creating instructional videos, using archival stills or even planning our your projects. Adobe’s Tim Kitchen shows you how easy it is to use.
Another easy to use app with thorough inbuilt tutorial tips to get you started and is available on android and apple iOS. It has heaps of functions including overlays, titles, picture and sound adjustments, and voiceover. There are 3 layers of audio possible for each clip – video, music and voiceover. There’s also in built themes, music and heaps of transitions. For filmmakers used to a standard timeline interface it might be tricky to adjust to the jumping in and out of clips to make adjustments.
Other Android apps highly rating at the moment are VideoShow, VivaVideo, Vidtrim, WeVideo, Magisto and KineMaster.
Voice Memos, Awesome Voice Recorder or Voice Recorder
These are all apps you can use to record only audio. You may choose to do this if you want to use a device closer to your interviewee/action to get better sound. You will then need to sync this audio file with the video file, which can be a little tricky. Make sure you do a very loud clap that both the camera and microphone record, so that you can more easily sync them together.