Most of the apps are very basic, template or theme based. They don’t really give you full control or advance control over your video editing process.
Adobe premiere – it seems to have a huge fan base with a heap of people using it but is limited in functionality when it comes to editing on android when it is compared to apps like powerdirector and kinemaster.
Cutecut – this one is another popular video editing app. It has come a long way and is a decent choice for Android smartphones. It falls down with very limited colour, correcting colour control. The interface definitely isn’t as easy to use or isn’t intuitive as other apps.
The following two are the closest mimicking video editing apps on an Android device. These are really powerful applications and will allow you to have really great results. Let’s see what these have to offer, compare them and analyse their pros and cons. This will help you make an informed choice regarding picking up the best video editing app for your smartphone. Following are the features of the two most powerful video editors available for android devices.
Cyberlink Powerdirector – it has improved upon its colour correction tools and has become, by far, the most advanced and the easiest to use. It is the most powerful colour correction tool with any video editing app on Android. They have also added a number of new title templates and have offered you the ability to purchase more directly from inside the app. They have also had major performance updates and is now supported on a much larger range of devices as well with the full feature set. Previously there were numerous devices that didn’t have access to even the lightest features that were in Powerdirector, but now there are. The only main feature the Powerdirector is still missing is the ability to add colour corrections to an entire video layer which means any clip that’s on the video layer can be corrected the same without needing to apply each of the effects or controls to each of the clips on the timeline. To be able to grade everything and apply one effect to the lot would be amazing or at least have the ability to copy and paste your presets or whatever you’re applying, the effects, your colour control, to multiple clips. That would be a huge addition. It’s not a deal breaker the way it is, it just means that you have got to change your workflow, potentially colour grading your clips upfront.
Kinemaster – this is seeing some decent updates as well. The overall performance has improved considerably. The range of devices that now get the full feature set of kinemaster has improved as well. There are a lot more effects for both video and audio. There is an improved speed control for slowing up or speeding down your video clips. They have also recently added the support for colour luts, which is an amazing feature but overall the colour correction on kinemaster is nothing in comparison to cyberlink Powerdirector. Another thing to be aware of in kinemaster is that there’s currently no way of purchasing it outright. It is currently available on a subscription based model, monthly as well as an yearly plan. However, it’s not that much amount if we consider how powerful this app is but it is definitely something to be aware of.
Powerdirector can be purchased outright. So between kinemaster and Powerdirector, Powerdirector is a better choice as of now. The awesome features, built in colour correction tools, appealing user interface that is easy to use as well, the fact that you can easily switch your video between portrait and a landscape video if you want to quickly edit something, like an Instagram story. You have the ability to use all of this with this amazing app. The quality is kept all the way through.
With getting your hands on the best video editing app, you need to have some clever tips that would make your editing experience far more enriching. Let us see some such tips,
- Edit backwards – this is going to save you a lot of time. Instead of going left to right, edit from the right and move towards the left.
- Match project and export settings to footage – make sure, wherever possible, your editing project settings matches the frame rate and the resolution of the video footage you are editing. So if you are recording a video at 1080p, 30fps, then make sure that you are editing them at 1080p, 30fps as well. Also export your video at 1080p and 30fps. This way you are not going to have any changing of frame rate, which could give you jittery or stuttery playback and you are also going to keep the best quality all the way through.
- Edit first, colour later – don’t be distracted with all of the effects, transitions, colours etc. Most people jump straight into making their video look good. But all that does is slow down the process. It wastes a lot of time and you might even risk losing your project as you are editing the entire footage. It takes a while for the app to work properly if a lot of information or changes are being fed to it. So, focus on getting your content down first to make sure that you are happy with your content and then progress to colour correction and effects etc. to make your video look good.