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Best Video Editing Software for Android Device

No-one wants to watch that 30-minute video of your cat being mildly amusing, and even that minute-long clip of a drunken friend falling off of a chair is too long. But cut out the boring bits, drop in some transitions and add a soundtrack, and you’ve got social media gold. Possibly.

So whether you’re a budding Hollywood director armed with a smartphone, or just someone who wants to make an Instagram clip look more Instagrammy, grab one of these editors and get cracking on your masterpiece. After all, you’ve only another 29-and-a-half minutes to chop out!

With more and more smartphones and tablets featuring front and rear cameras, large amounts of internal storage and impressive processing power, it's becoming increasingly plausible to turn your mobile phone or tablet into a mobile movie studio. Apple already provides the solid iMovie free with new iOS devices, but there's also a wealth of third party options on both major mobile OS's for the enthusiast or professional. Check out some mobile video editing apps.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Clip (Android) is a free solid multi-purpose video editing tool that's equally good at automatically stitching together videos or providing more solid editing tools. Users can drag and drop photos and video clips in a timeline interface, add transitions and music, and even import custom special effects from other Adobe Creative Cloud tools. You can let the app stitch together selected videos with a variety of soundtracks by itself. You can then share your videos on a variety of social media platforms, or export them to Adobe's Creative Cloud.


Sometimes you just want to make the most minor of tweaks to a video or let some preconfigured settings do most of the heavy lifting. VidTrim is worth exploring if you want some good-looking videos without a ton of effort.

Trim puts several quick editing options right up front so you can make the tweaks and then share it to others.
Trim is in the title for a reason: just hit the scissors button and you can cut off any parts of the video you don’t want. It’s helpful if you want to share it with Vine, Instagram, or other services that focus on shorter videos.

There are some powerful features hidden underneath the surface, like music encoding, adding a soundtrack, and the ability to extract frames and save them as images.

VidTrim is free, though you’ll have to put up with advertisements that bug you throughout the app. For $2.49 you can eliminate them with the in-app upgrade, which is worth it if you find you like the easy editing capabilities.

Video Maker Pro Free

Video Maker Pro Free is actually based on Google's old Movie Studio app -- and it shows. The editor uses the same exact interface as the old native app, which is no-frills and somewhat bare-bones but also clean and easy to use.

Once you create a new project in Video Maker Pro Free, you're presented with a timeline-based editing screen. A plus button at the top of the screen allows you to import existing images and videos or capture new ones and place them directly on the timeline. You can drag and drop items on the timeline to move them around in the sequence.

Tapping an item -- be it an image or a video -- allows you to make several adjustments to it: You can trim the length of the item by sliding your finger left or right at its start or finish, you can apply a handful of plain transitions to move in or out of the element, you can apply a few very basic filters and you can add simple lower-third title graphics.

The lower-third title graphics are functional if not beautiful: You can select from a black or (oddly enough) transparent orange background and can opt to have the graphic appear at the bottom of the screen or floating horizontally in the center. There are no options for changing the face, size or color of the font.

Video Maker Pro Free provides a separate space for a single supplementary audio track, should you wish to add a voice-over or music track to your project. (You can add one or the other -- with only a single supplementary track, there is no way to have both at the same time.) The app has no integrated voice recording function, so you're limited to adding in only existing sound files. Once an audio track is added, you can adjust its level as needed to make sure the audio can be heard over any natural sound on your primary video clip.

Video Maker Pro Free is essentially a continuation of the editing software Google abandoned -- with little new added into the equation other than some scattered ads. It isn't the most powerful or advanced video editing utility in the world, but if basic editing is all you need, the tried-and-true interface makes it one of the simplest and most usable products on the platform today.


Those of you who have used a video editor on a PC before know that they tend to come with a certain look. There’s a timeline at the bottom. Clips are available in the top left, and a preview sits in the top right. CyberLink’s PowerDirector will give you that familiar interface on your Android device.

This app is one of the more advanced options out there. You can drag and drop scenes as needed, add audio tracks, insert title text, select from a number of transition effects, apply filters to your videos, and export files up to 1080p (after a $5 in-app purchase, otherwise you’re limited to 720p). You can also send them straight to Facebook or YouTube when you’re done.

Some apps need a bit of work to transition comfortably from desktop to mobile, but this isn’t one of those times. The Windows version remains the more powerful option, but Android’s mobile adaptation is hardly as dumbed-down as you might think.


One of the most impressive things about this Android video editor is that it’s so simple to use even on quite a small smartphone. It uses screen space remarkably well, making it a cinch to arrange your clips, add additional layers (captions, images, and even ‘handwriting’), quickly import extra footage, and play around with effects.

It’s just a pity the developer saddled it with a restrictive subscription payment model rather than a one-off cost. (You can get 30 days for £4.02, or start subscribing for £2.91 per month.)

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