2021 is the year of video content. With everyone staying at home because of the pandemic, video consumption has skyrocketed. Suddenly everyone is so invested in the trending videos on YouTube’s homepage, and in following YouTube channels and binge-watching content.
This massive surge of video consumption not only impacted entertainment-related videos, but also educational and business-related ones too. A remote set-up for work and school means finding ways of digesting information as conveniently as possible, which luckily, videos provide.
For people who are just starting and trying out video-making, they usually shoot raw videos on their phones only. And for easier editing, they don’t export it on computers or hard-drives—they just install video editing apps. And while mobile video editing apps are a good way to start, some apps give off a “tacky” and “amateurish” finish on the videos.
If you want to become a YouTuber, help out cramming students, provide a media outlet for your business, or just create videos for fun, here are six of the most underrated mobile video editing apps that newbie video creators should look out for in 2021.
Our Personal Pick: VideoCooks
Perhaps the most comprehensive and expansive editing tool on our list—VideoCooks is a standout in terms of providing video editing solutions for specific video needs.
VideoCooks provides a comfortable interface that favors easy navigation while also providing a huge array of transitions, effects, and text styles. It’s not an overstatement to say that you can create stunning videos in a matter of minutes with this app.
VideoCooks enables users to access templates for editing so you won’t have to worry much about fitting footages for a particular project’s theme. It lets users choose niche forms of videos like animated and lyric videos, for example. It is capable of joining one or more footages, making it viable for longer video projects. Its modern text edge revolutionizes mobile video editing—making your video look so professional you’ll mistake it for a computer-edited one.
Best of all, you can choose your templates based on your target demographic. If your target audience is more business-oriented, VideoCooks has marketing-friendly templates on the app. If your niche is more on social media platforms, it can also provide Instagram and Facebook-friendly effects and templates, too.
If you are more into general entertainment like those you see on YouTube, you can create animations, lyric videos, and even intros/outros here.
This app also provides commission-based video editing. So if you don’t want to edit a video yourself for a more polished and flawless project, you can contact them for bookings and pricing.
KineMaster is an advanced video editing tool with pro-level features. It is both available in iOS and Android. Its interface is very convenient—easy to navigate and straight-forward, perfect for people who are new to editing.
KineMaster has standout features that makes it the go-to app for novices who want to learn professional-looking video transitions and effects. It has comprehensive LookUp Table (LUT) profiles so you can adjust the tone and emotion of the video for more dramatic scenes. It has 8 different blending models, enabling a seamless jump from one scene to another. It has a chroma key, letting you add green screen effects. Its multi-track audio mixing also enables you to transition and mix audios. You can also high resolution videos up to 4k pixels and 60 fps with this app.
The downside of this app is that most of these perks are only accessible to premium subscribers. The free version from the App Store or Play Store contains a watermark that can only be removed once you have a premium subscription. In addition, the hi-res video exporting is only available for premium subscribers, which is a huge setback since most content creators only prefer higher resolution videos to be published.
This app is good when you want to learn the basics of mobile video editing but it is not a viable long-term option because of these limitations.
Perhaps the most newbie-friendly on this list—GoPro App enables you to learn the basics and foundation of video editing conveniently and easily.
It boasts a very clean interface that makes editing simple. If you have GoPro devices and cameras, you can easily export and edit videos on this app, enabling you to see a live preview of what your camera is seeing. You can mark key moments so you won’t be lost on your footage. It also enables you to pick out still images from frames. You can also synchronize your clips to music, making insertion of background music much easier than other mobile apps. It also levels out your camera angle horizontally so that the footage will appear straightened out.
It also offers a premium subscription that allows you to gain unlimited cloud storage, camera replacement, and discounts. If you just want to learn the most fundamental video editing skills, the GoPro App can hone your skills so that you can use more advanced editors in the future.
LumaFusion is another excellent top-notch advanced video editor available in Google Play Store or in App Store. This app was developed and created by the team behind the highly-recognized Pinnacle Studio app. This app combines user-friendly interface and powerful features that will surely ease you into creating professional-looking videos.
LumaFusion provides many standout features. It includes dozens of transitions to choose from so that you can pick a more fitting transition between clips. It automatically provides full color correction so you won’t have to color-correct manually per footage. It gives you access to loads of effects like pixel effects, blurs, distortions, and color. You can also choose different aspect ratios at a variety of frame rates from 18p to 60p. Best of all, it provides 6 tracks for audio, photos, videos and graphics so you can insert other forms of media to your video without much hassle.
This app is a one-time purchase, which many users love. It also provides access to exclusive and limited effects from time to time, but with an additional in-app purchase.
Filmmaker Pro prioritized providing an easy-to-navigate interface over advanced features. The results may not look as professional as the ones from LumaFusion or KineMaster, but its clean and impeccable interface makes it competitive enough among other beginner editing apps.
The features are not very advanced but they are good, too. Filmmaker Pro enables you to select from a wide variety of transitions, filters, and text effects. It enables chroma keying just like KineMaster, so you can blend green-screen effects to your recording. It is also capable of 4k video support and HDR video format.
Just like KineMaster, its downside is that its free version also watermarks videos. If you want to utilize this app’s features and its clean interface then we suggest you subscribe to its monthly subscription offer.
Video editing for beginners can be overwhelming. Picking out effects, mixing out audios, and including media can be daunting for newbies because of the wide variety of options they can pick out from. Start from the basics and learn little by little until you can edit on more advanced platforms. Hone your craft, let your creativity flow, and have fun!