With the future of digital media, all of us are on some level becoming amateur filmmakers. Whether it is recording your stand-up comedy set to post on YouTube. A family function you want to treasure forever. Or some newsworthy sighting that you need to share with the world. Our phones are devices capable of compacting an entire Hollywood studio into your pockets. My agent is still reaching into my pocket and he’s only entitled to 10%. Nevertheless, there is an almost expected factor. We must refine and touch up the videos we send to people. We do this for the best and cleanest effects possible. There is no more need to send to your desktop and render it through an Avid machine or Final Cut Pro application. Mobile apps have come a long way. They can get the average person from lengthy footage to a finished product. One you will be proud to upload online all from the convenience of your mobile device.
Let’s review the top 3 Apple iOS products first:
FilmoraGo – FilmoraGo works in three simple steps. By taking your existing footage and allowing the user to select a theme with automated editing features. By adding these ‘magic’ filters similar to Instagram, any amateur user can instantly have a professional looking video. The final step is to upload the video to their favorite social media site which is a built-in feature. This app also offers quickly accessible slideshows to stream through longer footage.
iMovie – The classic OS application’s little brother features many of its desktop version counterparts. Still with the same look and similar skin users are more familiar with how to use it. Once a video has been modified in the mobile app they can export it to the desktop iMovie for further modification or export as needed.
Screen Chomp – Ooh! A super fun app to use with the feature of writing directly on the screen. You can annotate images and can allow filing from within the app. This also has the ability to upload to your favorite social media sites.
For those Android based phones and tablets you can sink your teeth and fingers into these next three:
Viddy – This free app offers easy editing and uploading to your favorite social media site. Specifically, it has the feature to create groups on these social media sites. You can select the users to see without a link. It then keeps those from posting to your wall unless desired. All from within the Viddy app. Another bonus is the free licensing of popular music to add to your videos without purchasing these songs.
AndroVid Video Editor – This has all the features of a desktop video editing app. The user can trim and annotate their footage with this free mobile app. The best part of this app is the ability to export the file in a mp3 format. You can do this from within the app making it easy to play on most other computers and devices.
Andromedia Video Editor – Speaking of different formats of video, Andromedia has the ability to take footage of different extension types. It can compile them into a single editing feature. This means you can import your friend’s MOV Apple file. Then add your own Android recorded footage then combine them for further editing and export.
Editing videos can be difficult and tedious. But these listed makes it much easier and more fun! Plus gives the opportunity to do editing in places you otherwise find yourself less productive. Advancements are always being made so jump on these early as next years edition of the top 3 apps may change. Try starting with the free ones and see if there are more features you would like.