Top 5 Free Mobile Video Editing Apps

We’re going to give you a rundown of the best mobile video editing apps that you can download for free today.

Smartphone technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, cameras are getting better, computing power is getting faster and our phones have become comprehensive. Whenever you record something small with your phone camera, it doesn't always make sense to transfer it to your computer just for editing. It is often the seasoned editors who are not familiar with the features of the mobile video editing apps because they already have a post workflow in place. It can be worthwhile to get to know these apps in order to take advantage of the efficiency advantages.

Not just for hobbyists – here are our best free mobile video editing apps.

  • Best feature: sound effects library
  • Disadvantage: none
  • Operating system: iOS & Android

A newer app that is great overall. You can get started quickly and run multiple projects at the same time. Change your aspect ratio anytime while you work. It has all the standard functions for splitting, trimming and moving as well as speed effects. Color adjustments come as built-in filters, but you also have custom color adjustments (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.). The effects are bouncy, appropriate for the TikTok age, and the transitions are minimal. It's easy to add text on video or black and white cards with some pretty templates, fonts and colors.

They have a really fun and extensive library of sound effects. One of the more surprising features is the ability to mark beats on a song you've imported. The export is up to 4 KB with adjustable speed and bit rate. We hope it will be able to stay free and up and running and add more features in the future.

  • Best feature: software suggestions
  • Disadvantage: Not flexible
  • Operating system: iOS & Android

The app name is not a misnomer. Quik is designed so that you can hop on and off in five minutes. It was developed by GoPro and is optimized for the stylized display of your action shots. Choose your footage and template, and you're done. The templates include an opening title and associated music that you can change. It's not a standard workspace for video editing, but rather character building in a game.

One cool feature is the ability to "highlight" different points in a shot and apply a speed ramp effect to those points. Quik also gives you recommended durations based on your music track or your social media. You can also trim and split clips here with the recommended duration for the clip. Color filters are limited and apply to the entire video. You can choose from three aspect ratio options: Portrait, Cinema, and Square. There are no export options. Make sure to remove the Quik outro from the Settings tab before saving.

  • Best feature: Cool animated effects and stickers
  • Disadvantage: ads and paid add-ons
  • Operating system: iOS & Android

InShot is certainly the most eye-catching app on the list. It's full of eye-catching features like animated stickers and filter effects. Lots of the cooler transitions come with the paid version, and you'll have to watch ads to do certain things like exporting and removing the watermark. There are music and effects libraries with free assets, and you can adjust their durations and show and hide them. The text is a bit limited, but it has animations that really enhance the style. Different aspect ratio options don't necessarily force you to resize your video. You can just add a colored background and leave it unchanged. The export allows for a customizable resolution, but that's about it.

  • Best feature: From Apple
  • Disadvantage: single aspect ratio
  • Operating system: iOS only

iMovie is standard in your Apple product, from the Mac to the iPhone. It's fast, easy to use, and only has the basics to make a quick video. Clip and project-based stylized filters, basic transitions, and clean, modern graphics. Less suitable for social media as you keep the 16×9 horizontal aspect ratio and don't have any fun stickers, although there are (surprisingly) sound effects. No export options. With iMovie, what you get is what you see and it can be very satisfying.

  • Best feature: update and cross-platform functionality
  • Disadvantage: The free version only offers three exports
  • Operating system: iOS and Android (most devices – see list)

Premiere Rush is Adobe's answer to mobile editing. Although the free version is limited, the good news is that if you already subscribe to Premiere Pro, you'll have access to Adobe Rush. Adobe Rush is also cross-platform, meaning you can start your project on your phone or tablet and continue in Premiere Pro on your computer. The only app on this list with multiple video tracks looks more like a mini version of your NLE than a game. As with other mobile video editing apps, transitions, overlays and color filters can be easily applied. The flexibility in adjusting the position and size of my footage is great, and the smart reframe feature is perfect when you need to change the aspect ratio. The resolution and frame rate options for export are limited, but most of the time you will learn which is best.

All of the mobile video editing apps on our list are incredibly intuitive, so your experience will definitely be quick and easy. They are designed for a social media world and will help you generate content even if you are less comfortable in the area.

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