Have you ever wanted to capture the perfect sunrise or sunset timelapse video but didn’t know where to start?
Or how about creating a Hollywood blockbuster-style video for IGTV or YouTube but without the Hollywood budget?
And now that TikTok is taking over the internet, which app is best for creating viral videos?
Look no further – I’ve found the best video editing apps to cover all your video content creation needs.
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Table of contents
- Best app for storyboarding
- Gather feedback on your video edits
- Best app for quick GoPro edits
- Transform photos into animations
- Edit time lapse videos
- Create quick and easy videos
- Create videos optimized for social media
- Edit videos with a 1980s VHS camcorder vibe
- Add fun video filters
- Add Hollywood-like special effects to your videos
- Best video editing app for professional level edits
- Best video editing app for groups
- What are your favorite video editing apps?
Best app for storyboarding
Before you even film a video, much less edit it, you need to create a storyboard to outline what you want the video to be like. That’s where Previs Pro for iPhones and iPads comes in.
Getting your video concept outlined ahead of time will ensure you get all the shots you need before it comes to post-production, aka video editing.
Previs Pro is free, but you can get expanded capabilities with a monthly, annual, or lifetime subscription.
Gather feedback on your video edits
Peer feedback is a great way to improve your skills in any area, even video editing.
With Frame.io, you can edit and post your videos for peer feedback.
Frame.io is a great way to see what you might want to improve before sharing elsewhere or get tips to keep in mind for future videos.
Best app for quick GoPro edits
I’m a huge fan of GoPro cameras and accessories. I use the GoPro Hero 6 and Hero 8 cameras for most of my on-the-go photography and videos.
The GoPro Quik app is perfect for super busy content creators.
This app can take your footage from throughout the day and automatically create a video, set it to music, and prep it to share on social media, like YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
This app is a lifesaver when you’re on super busy press trips or at an event where you’d rather network than hide away in your hotel room editing a video.
Transform photos into animations
I’m a huge fan of the Enlight suite of photo and video editing apps, as they make next-level editing super simple to do. Enlight Motionloop is no exception.
Formerly known as Pixaloop, Motionloop lets you add animation to photos with just a tap or two. Make waves splash, skies float by, hair blow in the breeze, and other fun animations.
Pixaloop is the app you need to transform meh photos into animated artwork.
P.S. If you love this app, you’ll also love Enlight’s all-in-one video editing app, Videoleap, too!
Edit time lapse videos
Hyperlapse makes it crazy easy to create time lapse videos.
Created by Instagram, all you have to do is record a video using the Hyperlapse app, then process it at whatever speed you want. The app will then spit out a quick and easy time lapse edit.
This is my favorite app to use for sunrise and sunset videos. It’s also a fun way to condense a long video, such as a hike, into a video that is short enough to grab the attention of people on social media apps like TikTok or Instagram.
Create quick and easy videos
Adobe Spark Video keeps the learning curve small by sticking to slideshow-type videos. Sure, slideshows aren’t the fanciest type of video, but they’re quick and easy to make!
This app is also great for creating videos for Mediavine, which can help you earn more money through the Mediavine ad program.
Create videos optimized for social media
If your main type of content is video, you’re going to want to check out InShot.
This app optimizes video for YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.
Inshot includes basic editing capabilities, plus filters for color grading and correction, free music, stickers, and text overlay.
Edit videos with a 1980s VHS camcorder vibe
For a kitschy, but fun 80s effect, check out the Rarevision VHS – Retro 80s Cam app.
Recording and editing videos with this app will be like the vacation videos of your youth (if you’re Gen Z or an elderly millennial like me) or another alternate universe in Stranger Things.
This app is perfect for 80s-themed TikTok videos or Instagram Reels!
Add fun video filters
Another fun video editing app that would be perfect for TikTok videos and Instagram Reels is Mixatron.
Add Hollywood-like special effects to your videos
Add blockbuster-style special effects like laser beams, flash bangs, dragons, sea monsters, and even Star Wars to your videos with the Action Movie FX app.
The crazy part is that you can get this app for FREE. You can add extra effects for a small price, with some special effects packs starting as low as $1.99.
I can totally see some of y’all creating insane movie trailers for your blogs or to tease big projects!
Best video editing app for professional level edits
Every video content creator has a favorite video editing software for their computer. Mine is Adobe Premiere Pro.
When I’m on the go, I can access a lot of the same capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro with the Adobe Premiere Rush app.
The Adobe Premiere Rush app is free to download and use. You can export up to 3 videos before you have to upgrade to a subscription ($9.99/mo).
What I love about the free version is that you can access ALL of the features so you can truly test out the app to see if it is worth paying for after several projects.
Best video editing app for groups
I’m a huge fan of collaboration over competition. There’s more than enough room in our industry for us all to succeed, so why not have fun and help each other out at the same time?
You agree? Awesome!
When it comes time to collaborate on a video with your content creator friends, I highly recommend the Storyo app.
With the Storyo app, everyone can share their videos and create a single video edit all within 1 app.
On top of the group editing capabilities, you can use metadata from each others’ social media accounts to fill out your video story. You can add weather reports, Facebook posts, and stock video to supplement what you’ve captured on your own.
Storyo is clearly a super fun video editing app for content creators, but also fun for family and friend group trips!
What are your favorite video editing apps?
Once you’re done creating your videos, you’re going to need video thumbnails. Check out my post on photo editing apps to create fun images for your video thumbnails and promo graphics.
Once you’re done, drop your video links below so we can check out what you’ve created and share the love!
This post was originally published on April 8, 2017. It was last updated on February 1, 2021.