Best Free Mobile Video Editing Apps
Best Free Mobile Video Editing Apps

by Susan Marque

You don’t need to be a pro to get great videos from your clips and photos.

While I have experience with video editing, the process has often been time consuming and something that required detailed attention.

Instead of spending hours trying to figure out how to make a short video, these five apps (available in the iTunes or Google Android stores) are all easy to use, and take far less time to master than you might think:


Magisto is an industry darling.

The simple interface asks you to choose your clips and music, and it takes care of the rest. It also uses artificial intelligence to select the best moments and compose a great-looking video. Miné Salkin, the director of Digital Media & PR for Type 2 Designs, a Web design and development company, has a background in documentary and TV editing. “Magisto is the go-to mobile editing app that I would recommend to editors of any skill level,” says Salkin. “For beginners, it gives you a really good feeling for the editing process without bogging you down with all of the tools and options, which can seem incredibly daunting to the novice.”

For more experienced editors, Salkin loves Magisto’s uncanny way of actually predicting what would probably be cut.

Adobe Voice

Adobe Voice is one of my personal favorites.

It’s an ultra easy tool to turn images into a snazzy story. You narrate and add background music to your sequence of snapshots, or you can make title cards and choose a theme that creates a stunning look to your slideshow.

Cute Cut

Cute Cut makes you feel like a pro.

It has a simple-to-follow tutorial that guides you to create the perfect movie in minutes. You combine your media (photos, videos, music, and voice) on different tracks. It’s effortless to move things around and even draw right on your frames.

Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s a lot of power in this app.


iMovie is also a fantastic app that lets you get creative with an easy-to-use interface that’s much like a pro tool.

Tim Ryan, founder and director of TAR productions, told me he’s a fan of this app. “iMovie can be pretty powerful in terms of feature films and what you can do,” he says. “It’s relatively easy to export your final movie and upload to the cloud or YouTube.”


Cameo is another favorite of Ryan’s. “It’s a new app from Vimeo, the popular video sharing website, with an emphasis on creativity,” he says. “Cameo puts an emphasis on being simple. They have several built-in filters to give your movie a unique look, and it's easy to import music.”

No matter which app you use, Salkin advises backing up finished videos on a hard drive, social media, or a cloud storage site like Google Drive.


Susan Marque got her M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School, writes for magazines, television, and is currently working on a memoir. She is also a healthy food expert, loves both food and tech, and all things photo related.  Her photo art has sold in Beverly Hills and London.

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