By Craig Grannell
Contributions from Steve Clark, Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson
Steve Clark, Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson
Our pick of the best video editing apps on all mobile platforms
Using the best video editing apps for Android and iPhone means you can cut content and trim clips wherever you are.
Our appetite for video content has led to an explosion of premium and free video editing software. While apps for editing videos can't match advanced tools like DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, and countless excellent alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro, they offer something else: editing professional-looking videos on-the-go.
Some of the best video editing apps in the app store can output at the same standards you find in the best video editing software. And they're helping content creators, marketing teams, and just about everyone else cut eye-catching video clips without needing high-end video editing computers and laptops.
Although apps like Google Photos offers basic trimming tools, these are often underpowered and offer less control over your videos. So, if you want to shoot, edit, and publish your work from your phone, you’ll find the best video editor apps help add professional post-production polish that you demand and your viewers expect.
We’ve tested the best video editing apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad to help bring your movies to life.
- Rise above the crowd - pair your videos with the best VFX software
Choosing a video editor: best apps
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1. Adobe Premiere Rush
Best video editing app overall
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to use Video editor for Android, iOS, and desktops Lots of useful tools
Easy to use+
Video editor for Android, iOS, and desktops+
Lots of useful tools
Reasons to avoid
- Requires Creative Cloud subscription
Requires Creative Cloud subscription
Adobe Premiere Rush is our choice for best video editing app. It’s lightweight, easy and instinctive to use, with a delightfully simple interface, regular enhancements.
Best of all - Premiere Rush is multi-platform, effortlessly sliding into almost any creative workflow. Thanks to Creative Cloud support, you can edit videos across Android, iOS, and desktop devices without missing so much as a frame of footage.
When we tested the top video editing app, we felt it offered users an incredibly simple entry-point into video editing on phones and tablets. Admittedly, you’re unlikely to win an Oscar from any movie edited here, but it’s ideal for quickly building an edit on the go.
Outside of the effortless interface and experience, we were delighted to find a raft of updates. This includes access to an ever-growing stock media library, a clever transcription tool, and major performance gains. Adobe even claims the video editor app has been optimized for better battery life and faster exports.
Adobe Premiere Rush is available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription - either as a standalone app, bundled alongside consumer-level video editor Premiere Elements, or as part of the Creative Cloud All Apps package.
Read our full Adobe Premiere Rush review
Best video editing app for iPhone and iPad
Reasons to buy
+ Easy interface and experience Professional editing functions Plenty of additional tools
Easy interface and experience+
Professional editing functions+
Plenty of additional tools
Reasons to avoid
- Apple-only for now
Apple-only for now
LumaFusion is a video editor app synonymous with desktop-grade video editing. Although it’s not quite enough to hurl your PC out of the window, we’ve heard of editors using it to complete entire projects – and it’s easy to see why.
Rather than simplifying an app for video editing, LumaFusion embraces complexity, yet makes it accessible. There’s a multi-track editor – up to six for video/titles/graphics and audio; six more for overlaid effects, music and voiceovers. Tracks can be locked, hidden and muted, keeping everything manageable – even on an iPhone.
The magnetic timeline is flexible and responsive, even when juggling 4K footage, with a useful overview that lets you jump to any point in your edit. And there’s a multitude of effects, color-correction tools and audio mixing features to experiment with. Even the up-front cost, which might look off-putting, is reasonable when you realize it’s a one-off and not a subscription.
In short, if you have video-editing needs on iPhone and iPad, LumaFusion should be your first choice, unless you can’t get on with the interface or it’s overkill for your needs. Right now, it's our top pick for the title of best video editing app.
Like the idea of LumaFusion’s effects but not its price tag? LumaFX (opens in new tab) carves that bit off into a standalone app, available for a bargain $0.99 / 99p / AU$1.49.
3. CyberLink PowerDirector
Best app for video editing on a budget
Reasons to buy
+ Simple Easy to import, edit, and export video Great for concepts and ideas Ideal for Android users
Easy to import, edit, and export video+
Great for concepts and ideas+
Ideal for Android users
Reasons to avoid
- Not as elegant as rivals Competes with iMovie and LumaFusion on iOS
Not as elegant as rivals-
Competes with iMovie and LumaFusion on iOS
CyberLink PowerDirector is one of the best apps for video editing on desktop - and, thankfully, the same can be said of its mobile app offering for Android and iPhone.
You'll find a friendly app that sits somewhere between LumaFusion and iMovie, if you’re on Apple hardware –or in a similar space to KineMaster if you're editing videos on Android.
Import clips and they dutifully line-up on the timeline. Select one and you can, by way of the edit button, access a range of tools. It’s less elegant than iMovie or even KineMaster, but the app’s responsiveness and lack of clutter make it pleasant to use.
This friendliness extends to early jaunts around the app, where you’re accompanied by comic-like thought bubbles outlining where everything is. If you're a beginner, then, it could well be the best video editing app for you.
For pros on the move, PowerDirector broadly aligns with iMovie – a place to sketch out ideas rather than create a finished product. For keen amateurs, it’s powerful enough without being overwhelming. Again, though, it seems better suited to Android, given that iPhone/iPad users can instead opt for the superior LumaFusion (pro) or iMovie (consumer).
Read our full desktop CyberLink PowerDirector review
Best video editor app for professionals
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to use Free version available
Easy to use+
Free version available
Reasons to avoid
- Front-loads subscription sign-up Some features locked behind paywall
Front-loads subscription sign-up-
Some features locked behind paywall
There’s a sense of trepidation with KineMaster when you launch this top video editor app and it immediately wants to rope you into a subscription. But what soon becomes clear is this is powerful, usable app for video editing – whether you’re willing to pay for it or not.
Importing clips is a cinch, and the app makes great use of screen space. By default, a large preview is flanked by a toolbar for vital commands (undo, settings and so on) and a camera-like record button with icons around it for quickly getting at media, audio and overlays. It looks cluttered, but feels efficient when working, even on a phone.
For free, you get access to the bulk of the toolset, if not the assets, and exports are watermarked. If nothing else, this at least means you can try before you buy.
If you do pay, it’ll cost you around $23 / £19 / AU$38 annually – reasonable value for the best pro-oriented option on Android, especially if you make use of the assets store. iPhone/iPad users should stick with LumaFusion though.
5. Apple iMovie
Best free video editor app for Apple devices
Reasons to buy
+ Free Incredibly simple to use
Incredibly simple to use
Reasons to avoid
- Apple-only Too basic for pro video editors
Too basic for pro video editors
On the desktop, iMovie has long held a reputation for marrying ease of use with power. It’s no Final Cut Pro, but it gets the job done. You might say the same of its mobile incarnation, one of the best video editing apps for iPhone and iPad users.
Load a selection of clips and iMovie arranges them on a magnetic single-track timeline. Clips can be rearranged with ease, and you can pinch to zoom the timeline if you don’t like staring at thumbnails.
There’s a title editor (standard or lower third) and although it’s based around themes, fonts, colors and backgrounds can all be adjusted. Beyond that, you can apply filters and transitions, adjust clip speeds, add audio overlays, and experiment with green-screen, split-screen and picture-in-picture effects.
Ultimately, iMovie trades depth for speed, which is why it isn't quite our top choice for the 'best video editing app' title. Some features are geared towards newcomers, such as the accessible but limited interface and trailer templates that teach people about film construction and shot types. Still, jobbing pros shouldn’t dismiss the app, because it’s great for throwing clips together and figuring out narrative flow in an interface that’s fast, efficient and low on distractions.
Read our full Apple iMovie review
6. Apple Clips
Best free video editor app for fun edits
Reasons to buy
+ Free Loads of fun extras and tools Consumer-level and simple to use Colorful and friendly interface
Loads of fun extras and tools+
Consumer-level and simple to use+
Colorful and friendly interface
Reasons to avoid
- Apple-only Very basic video editor app
Very basic video editor app
Clips, from Apple, attempts to combine the simplicity and elegance of iMovie with the immediacy demanded of creating video for social networks.
To that end, it has a workflow that’s quite alien compared to some of the other best video editing apps, and yet it successfully gets you in the moment, focusing on what’s really important.
Ideally, Clips would have you shoot footage inside the app itself, but you can import existing shots –after a fashion. Rather than adding a clip to your timeline, you position it within the viewport, scrub to where you’d like to start, and prod the record button to capture the part you want.
Elsewhere, the app is a grab-bag of fun features, including cartoonish filters, text overlays, Memoji head replacements and live titles. There’s a whiff of gimmick about some of these, but Clips nonetheless has a feature set that effectively balances fun and creativity, enabling you to build tiny social network-friendly movies in double-quick fashion.
7. Stop Motion Studio Pro
Best video editing app for animators
Reasons to buy
+ Versatile, all-in-one editor Ideal for animators
Versatile, all-in-one editor+
Ideal for animators
Reasons to avoid
- Stop-motion focus may not be ideal for everyone
Stop-motion focus may not be ideal for everyone
Stop Motion Studio Pro isn’t concerned with traditional filmmaking – it’s instead designed to edit stop-motion animation on your phone.
This is a versatile video editor app, in which you can shoot using its built-in camera, transforming desk-bound objects into a living world.
But the app can import existing images and video, the latter of which is converted to still frames. Each frame can be tweaked, and it’s possible to overlay multiple audio samples that can play simultaneously and themselves be edited.
The brute-force nature of certain settings –foregrounds and filters applied to the entire production; a single frame-rate; no transitions bar option start/end fades –means the app doesn’t quite reach its ambition of being properly ‘pro’.
But as a means of focusing on what matters, and to map out animation ideas from existing content while on the go (or on the sofa), it’s ideal.
8. GoPro Quik
Best app for video editing for GoPro enthusiasts
Reasons to buy
+ Does much of the hard work for you Free version with subscription upgrade Good range of tools
Does much of the hard work for you+
Free version with subscription upgrade+
Good range of tools
Reasons to avoid
- Not as fully featured as it could be Not on par with the original Quik app
Not as fully featured as it could be-
Not on par with the original Quik app
Sometimes you don’t want to be the next Michael Kahn and delve into the nitty gritty of editing. You want the best video editing app to do all the hard work for you. The original Quik was great for that. Hence when the new version gleefully announces on first launch “we renamed the GoPro app Quik,” you might be filled with much trepidation.
Fortunately, Quik remains intact… mostly. You still choose videos from your device that, with a tap, the app instantly edits into a highlights reel. You can then fiddle around with the theme, trim and highlight points, music and formatting.
There has, however, been some fiddling from GoPro, too. On creating identical projects in the old and new app, the older Quik’s output is more dynamic and fun. Also, the newer app’s keen to have you subscribe, for which you get additional filters, themes and music – along with a more powerful slow-down tool and (eventually) cloud backup.
In all, it feels like a regression combined with an upsell. But despite our misgivings, GoPro Quik retains enough of its predecessor’s best bits to warrant a download, and might just be the best video editing app for GoPro aficionados.
Best video editing app for color correction
Reasons to buy
+ Incredible video correction tools Simple to navigate and use Preview changes in real-time
Incredible video correction tools+
Simple to navigate and use+
Preview changes in real-time
Reasons to avoid
- Not a traditional video editor app
Not a traditional video editor app
Whether applied for corrective or stylistic reasons, chances are color grading will form part of your video-editing workflow –at least if you’re not merely hurling random cat videos at social networks on a whim. For anything more considered, though, you’ll want to fix color-cast errors and use color for emotional and contextual impact.
Considering VideoGrade, one of the best video editing apps on iOS, costs as much as a cheap lunch, the tool provides you with an awful lot of creative control, wrapped up in an interface anyone can understand.
Load a video and a plethora of sliders enables you to subtly adjust temperature, sharpness, saturation and color channels; if you want to get more creative, you can experiment with bloom, posterization, pixelation and rotation.
The app sensibly provides a real-time preview, including split-screen comparisons, and the means to save presets. When you’re done, you can export your footage using a number of presets. Whether salvaging a shot or bringing new life to a mundane clip, VideoGrade offers an excellent balance of power and immediacy.
How to choose the best video editing app for you
When determining which video editor app is best for you, remember: Not all apps for video editing are equal. Start by considering how you'll use the app, which device (or devices) you'll use, your existing editing workflow, and current skill-level. You can then pin down which apps best fit the content you wish to produce.
While many of the best video editing apps are multi-platform - letting you edit videos on Android, iPhone, and iPad (and even desktops) - many are locked to Apple devices. Where possible, we've listed alternatives to these in this guide.
How we test the best video editing apps
When we test video editor apps to identify the best, we look at a number of factors that are important to users. This includes a good interface and experience. Users should be able to easily understand how to use a video editor app and, with the appropriate guidance, master it - especially when using a phone to cut clips.
We explore the performance of all the best video editing apps, from the editing process to the final export. Even when editing on a phone, users rightly expect their videos to look how they envisioned, without stuttering, juddering, or unsightly screen tears.
We also look at pricing. If an app is touted as free, we want to ensure it really is free, with payment options clearly set out. Where prices are similar to other apps, we check how much value it offers in comparison to the competition.
Finally, we see how well the video editing app meets the needs and expectations of users. For example, those downloading VideoGrade will need very different tools to users of Adobe Premiere Rush.
For more information on our independent reviewing process, see how we test, review, and rate on TechRadar.
With contributions from
- Steve ClarkB2B Editor - Creative
- Sofia Wyciślik-WilsonStaff writer
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How do I edit a video on my iPhone and iPad? ›
- Open the Photos app and tap the video that you want to edit.
- Tap Edit.
- Move the sliders on both sides of the video timeline to change the start and stop times. To preview your trimmed video, tap the play button .
- Tap Done, then tap Save Video or Save Video as New Clip.
- PowerDirector - Best Overall App. Compatibility: Android, iOS. ...
- Promeo - Best App for Social Media. ...
- Adobe Premiere Rush - Best for Creative Cloud Users. ...
- KineMaster - Best for Experienced Editors. ...
- Funimate - Best for Vertical Editing. ...
- InShot - Best for Social Media Content.
iMovie on iPad Pro
Work with multiple 4K video clips. Create effects like green screen, picture‑in‑picture or split screen, and play them back instantly. Use the Magic Keyboard for iPad with trackpad support for an extra level of speed and precision when editing.
1. PicsArt (Android, iOS) PicsArt is our top pick of the best photo editing apps, because it's fun, easy to use, yet covers just about all the bases for consumer mobile photography. It provides lots of creative control, excellent image-editing tools and a large variety of attractive filters.Is CapCut good for editing? ›
CapCut is one of the 20 Best Video Editing Apps in 2022, just like KineMaster, except that it's used as the default video editing app for the popular video-sharing platform TikTok.Where do Tiktokers edit their videos? ›
- VidTrim Pro.
No, Final Cut Pro does not work on iPad Pro or any other iPad model. Final Cut Pro is an excellent video editing software that is available for Mac systems and not iOS devices. The program facilitates creating professional-looking stunning videos using its wide range of functions.Can you edit 4K on iPad? ›
1 For iMovie for iOS, you can edit and share 4K video on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and later devices.Is iPad better than laptop for video editing? ›
For most people, the iPad Pro will be a better machine for creating content compared to a MacBook. If you are dabbling (or more) in photo or video editing, the iPad Pro can offer a better experience. The iPad Pro now has a whole range of powerful photo editing applications which just work better with Apple Pencil.
Who is the world best editor? ›
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PowerDirector is one of the fastest rendering video editors out there. Adobe Premiere Pro CC In Hollywood, Final Cut Pro X is employed as yet another nonlinear editing technology. They, too, edited their videos in Final Cut. Mac users may find the movie-editing features of Final Cut X to be more intuitive.Can CapCut edit 4K video? ›
CapCut goes up to 4K and 60 frames per second. On my iPad and iPhone, I could also toggle Smart HDR, but this option wasn't available on my Android test device. If you save the video to your device, iOS defaults to the MOV format, while Android defaults to the MP4 format.Why is CapCut so popular? ›
CapCut has a mobile-friendly interface and offers some great features to enhance your videos, like auto-captioning and removing background colors for a green screen effect.Which is better CapCut or InShot? ›
CapCut is a good place to start if you use TikTik and want to up your game there, but you can export your videos and upload them anywhere. InShot has been around forever, first as a photo editing app and now as a video editing app. It lets you do the basics for free, but be prepared for on screen ads.Is CapCut owned by TikTok? ›
TikTok and CapCut are owned by the same parent company called 'ByteDance'. Both the apps are currently banned on Android and Apple stores in the country. However, the new in-built editing tool via the app is available on Windows for short-form video creators.How do I edit a TikTok video like a pro? ›
- Set a timer to record hands-free. ...
- Record clips and adjust them. ...
- Adjust the recording speed. ...
- Use filters to enhance your video. ...
- Get creative with video effects. ...
- Add stickers to your video. ...
- Manually add text to your video. ...
- Customize your text captions.
InShot is a versatile video maker for TikTok with simple tools making it a user-friendly option for anyone wanting to learn the ropes of video editing. In addition, it offers a selection of visual and audio effects and allows you to upload and add music to your videos.What is the Samsung version of iMovie? ›
InShot. InShot is a great and widely-used alternative to iMovie on android smartphones.What is Google's version of iMovie? ›
MovieStudio video editor - Google Workspace Marketplace. MovieStudio is a video editor that acts as a movie maker to create, edit and record videos, and mix videos, audios, images and texts. It is an app to make movies, record videos, edit videos, modify them using another videos you can import.
Is there a better app than iMovie? ›
- Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Adobe Creative Cloud Express.
- Wondershare Filmora.
- DaVinci Resolve.
- Windows Movie Maker.
- VEGAS Pro.
Is iMovie available for Android? No, there's no iMovie on Google Play. The app is only available for iOS and Mac.How can I make my Android videos look professional? ›
- Step 1: Prepare Your Content for Filming.
- Step 2: Select a Suitable Filming Location.
- Step 3: Choose the Front or Rear Camera.
- Step 4: Clean Your Camera Lens.
- Step 5: Position Your Camera for Filming.
- Step 6: Set Up Your Lighting.
- Step 7: Connect Your Microphone.
Best phones with 4K video recording support
- Apple iPhone 13. ...
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G. ...
- iQOO 9 SE 5G. ...
- iQOO Neo 6 5G. ...
- OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. ...
- OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G. ...
- Samsung Galaxy A33 5G.
Try Final Cut Pro free for 90 days.
Get a free trial of the latest version of Final Cut Pro for your Mac.
Final Cut Pro can transform the look of video shot in Cinematic mode on iPhone. With a revolutionary click-to-track feature, you can choose focus points in a shot and change them over time.
Once done, you are all set to use the free trial of Final Cut Pro for 90 days. After the free trial ends, you will have to pay for the video editing software to continue using it.Are iPads good for taking videos? ›
The standard iPad is the cheapest Apple tablet, with up to 256Gb memory and a headphone jack, but it can only shoot 1080p HD and slow motion is limited to 720p. The iPad mini has similar features. The iPad Air has better stabilisation and can record 4K video at up to 60fps, and 1080p HD at up to 240fps.Is mobile good for video editing? ›
Smartphones are very power-optimized, they simply can't handle all the bells and whistles of computer editing software. You won't be able to perform many advanced editing techniques on smartphone apps, and even when you can, the results won't be as crisp compared to computer software.Which app is better for video editing? ›
- Adobe Premiere Rush.
- Vimeo Create.
How do I know if I am a good editor? ›
- They comment on the good and the bad. ...
- Their comments are constructive. ...
- When they butcher something, it's for a good reason. ...
- They go through everything with a fine-toothed comb. ...
- They're not afraid of hurting your feelings/offending you. ...
- They view your work objectively, even if you're friends.
- Known For. South of Heaven Editor (2021)
- Big Gold Brick Editor (2022)
- Most Expensivest Editor (2017-2020)
- Private Property Editor (2022)
- Producer. Lightningface (2016)
- Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)
- George and the Vacuum (2015)
- Body (2015)
Adobe Premiere Pro is among the most used video editing software in the Hollywood film industry. Adobe comes as an integrated suite that handles color correction, titles, audio graphics, video, and various other aspects of video editing.What edit app does Kylie Jenner use? ›
The Kardashian/Jenner clan have Instagram all sewn up.
While most of us don't make careers out of our Instas like the girls, we still want the skinny on how they look so flawless. The Keeping Up With The Kardashian stars reportedly use the app Perfect365 to edit their photos before posting.
Whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it's never been easier to make it in the movies. Just choose your clips, then add titles, music, and effects. Or let Magic Movie or Storyboards help craft your project. iMovie even supports 4K video for stunning cinema-quality films.
iMovie. iMovie is a part of Apple's own suite of products for iOS (and macOS), and is a great video editor app for iPhone that you can try. While you may want to use a more powerful editing software on your Mac, iMovie is more than capable of handling video editing on the iPhone.How do you edit out parts of a video on iPad? ›
- Open iMovie on your iPhone and select or add the video clip that you want to cut.
- Your video will appear with the timeline underneath. ...
- Tap the playhead, then tap Split at the bottom of the screen.
- iMovie will create a cut between the two newly created clips.
Apple's iMovie is the go-to choice for iPhone and iPad users. It combines an easy-to-use interface with high performance so that you never sacrifice video quality by using a free video editor.Can clip Studio be used on iPad? ›
Clip Studio Paint is available on all major platforms: Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Chromebook.Is iMovie for free? ›
iMovie is a great free option for video editing and great for beginners or simple projects.
What do pro editors use to edit videos? ›
- 1 Premiere Pro Adobe.
- 2 Blender.
- 3 Adobe Effects After.
- 4 Avid Media Composer.
- 5 Corel VideoStudio.
- 6 DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.
- 7 Edius Pro 8.
- 8 CyberLink Powerdirector.
Elevate your creativity with the Object Tracker. Final Cut Pro uses powerful machine learning to detect faces and objects, then matches their movement with titles and effects. It also allows you to adjust focus points and depth of field on clips captured in Cinematic mode on iPhone.How do I edit a video in Google photos on my iPad? ›
- Open the video you want to edit.
- Tap Edit . To trim the video to a different length: Tap and drag the trim handles to select the portion of your video you want to keep. To save a copy of the video with your edits, at the bottom right, tap Save copy. To mute your video: Tap .
- In the iMovie app on your iPad, open a movie project.
- In the timeline, tap the video clip or photo you want to trim.
- Drag either yellow trim handle to shorten or lengthen the clip or photo.