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Three Free Video Editing Apps for All Kinds of Media Junkies

Published on 06 March 13
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A lot of pro video editors may think itâs nuts to edit a video using a teeny tiny iPhone but sometimes, especially when you have nothing but your iPhone, having a video editing app handy at all times can be beneficial. And though video editing on an iPhone is a lot more complicated (what with the very limited space to actually edit and preview your video) there are actually hundreds of apps in the App Store to help you with your editing needs. But you donât have to settle for Appleâs plain, old iMovie, or even try every app you come across to find one thatâs best for you. Just keep reading!

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For the Beginner: Game Your Video

Think video editing is a messy and complicated process? Well at some point it is (especially if itâs a movie weâre talking about). But if you want to learn the ropes of video editing or have an editing app ready anytime you feel like recording another Adele cover, then you could try Game Your Video.

Pros: The great thing about this app is that the interface and design really make you feel like youâre toying with effects and not really editing. Its user interface is laced with a simple but cool design that makes you feel like you have just been playing a game. Like most apps, you can also choose whether to record a video through the app or just pick a video from your camera roll and start editing. You can also easily tinker with colors, camera movements, special effects and speed by swiping and tapping on the settings.

Cons: The only thing I donât like about this app is that thereâs no flexibility. It has very limited settings and controls for video manipulation so you canât use complex video effects or transitions. That means youâre stuck with cut to cut transitions when you use this app.

For the Amateur: Magisto

If youâre a little more knowledgeable about video editing but are still trying to master it then the best advice I have is that you continue using your laptop or desktop for your editing needs. This is mostly because you can never really learn the whole craft on a device as small as the iPhone. But if you need to edit a video quickly and you donât have access to a PC, you could always use Magisto.

Pros: Aside from the fact that it is absolutely free (like all of the apps mentioned in this article) it is also a fairly popular app. Thus, it has been refined for the convenience of more than 3 million users, including you. Itâs a pretty easy app to use because itâs a lot like using Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. All you have to do is pick a video, add a theme and an audio, and itâs good to go. This works best for short audio visual presentations and quick video edits that you need to do before uploading funny stuff on your Facebook page.

Cons: While Magistro is a great app, Iâd still say it lacks a lot of elements that you would need for serious video editing. Since it does have the basic effects, stabilization settings and transitions, a beginner would totally enjoy using it because it does everything without you having to lift a finger. It trims, stitches and edits the video which, consequently, leaves you with no room to grow as an editor.

For the Pro: Cinefy

Finally, for those who have mastered the art of video making, owning an iPhone with a great video editing app would do wonders for you. Not only is the iPhone more mobile than most devices, itâs also a handy gadget for sharing great content anywhere you are. As a pro you can work with any kind of video editing app and Cinefy is the best choice for you.

Pros: One of the things you would appreciate about Cinefy is that it has a huge bank of titles, sound effects and themes that you can use to make your video Hollywood material. It also partners with Friendlymusic.com for a more comprehensive library that you can use for scoring your videos. Another great thing about this app is that its user interface mimics the usual interfaces we see on most desktop-based video editing software making it easier for you to adapt to the appâs environment and master it quickly. You can also share your video directly on Facebook and YouTube.

Cons: The thing about these kinds of app is that they are real memory hogs, so much so that a lot of users complain that previewing is too slow. It also has not been updated yet (for some reason, the last update was October 2012) and is not yet optimized for the iPhone 5.












A lot of pro video editors may think itâs nuts to edit a video using a teeny tiny iPhone but sometimes, especially when you have nothing but your iPhone, having a video editing app handy at all times can be beneficial. And though video editing on an iPhone is a lot more complicated (what with the very limited space to actually edit and preview your video) there are actually hundreds of apps in the App Store to help you with your editing needs. But you donât have to settle for Appleâs plain, old iMovie, or even try every app you come across to find one thatâs best for you. Just keep reading!

Three Free Video Editing Apps for All Kinds of Media Junkies - Image 1

For the Beginner: Game Your Video

Think video editing is a messy and complicated process? Well at some point it is (especially if itâs a movie weâre talking about). But if you want to learn the ropes of video editing or have an editing app ready anytime you feel like recording another Adele cover, then you could try Game Your Video.

Pros: The great thing about this app is that the interface and design really make you feel like youâre toying with effects and not really editing. Its user interface is laced with a simple but cool design that makes you feel like you have just been playing a game. Like most apps, you can also choose whether to record a video through the app or just pick a video from your camera roll and start editing. You can also easily tinker with colors, camera movements, special effects and speed by swiping and tapping on the settings.

Cons: The only thing I donât like about this app is that thereâs no flexibility. It has very limited settings and controls for video manipulation so you canât use complex video effects or transitions. That means youâre stuck with cut to cut transitions when you use this app.

For the Amateur: Magisto

If youâre a little more knowledgeable about video editing but are still trying to master it then the best advice I have is that you continue using your laptop or desktop for your editing needs. This is mostly because you can never really learn the whole craft on a device as small as the iPhone. But if you need to edit a video quickly and you donât have access to a PC, you could always use Magisto.

Pros: Aside from the fact that it is absolutely free (like all of the apps mentioned in this article) it is also a fairly popular app. Thus, it has been refined for the convenience of more than 3 million users, including you. Itâs a pretty easy app to use because itâs a lot like using Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. All you have to do is pick a video, add a theme and an audio, and itâs good to go. This works best for short audio visual presentations and quick video edits that you need to do before uploading funny stuff on your Facebook page.

Cons: While Magistro is a great app, Iâd still say it lacks a lot of elements that you would need for serious video editing. Since it does have the basic effects, stabilization settings and transitions, a beginner would totally enjoy using it because it does everything without you having to lift a finger. It trims, stitches and edits the video which, consequently, leaves you with no room to grow as an editor.

For the Pro: Cinefy

Finally, for those who have mastered the art of video making, owning an iPhone with a great video editing app would do wonders for you. Not only is the iPhone more mobile than most devices, itâs also a handy gadget for sharing great content anywhere you are. As a pro you can work with any kind of video editing app and Cinefy is the best choice for you.

Pros: One of the things you would appreciate about Cinefy is that it has a huge bank of titles, sound effects and themes that you can use to make your video Hollywood material. It also partners with Friendlymusic.com for a more comprehensive library that you can use for scoring your videos. Another great thing about this app is that its user interface mimics the usual interfaces we see on most desktop-based video editing software making it easier for you to adapt to the appâs environment and master it quickly. You can also share your video directly on Facebook and YouTube.

Cons: The thing about these kinds of app is that they are real memory hogs, so much so that a lot of users complain that previewing is too slow. It also has not been updated yet (for some reason, the last update was October 2012) and is not yet optimized for the iPhone 5.

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  1. 12 March 13
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    I love Cinefy. It works wonders. Magisto yes is more friendly for beginners but I find that the videos loads very slowly. I tried on my brothers Samsung Note too, and it loads very slow. Do you face this problem?

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