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The best video editing apps in 2021

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These days, the best video editing apps are not just aimed at professionals working in the TV and movie industry. They're also a great choice for business use, YouTube creators, social media influencers, and anyone wanting to make their holiday videos look better. 

Whether you're using a tablet or smartphone, Android or iOS, there's a great video editing app out there for you. Often faster, more efficient and more intuitive than desktop software, they make it easy to do video editing tasks wherever you are.

In this post, we've brought together the best video editing apps available today, including both paid-for and free options. Read on to find out which is the closest fit to your needs.

Meanwhile, if you want to do some video editing on the desktop, too, check out our roundup of the best video editing software. And to ensure you have the best hardware for that, read our expert guides to the best computer for video editing and the best monitor for video editing.

The best video editing apps available now

Best video editing apps: Premiere Rush app

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01. Adobe Premiere Rush (cross-platform)

The best video editing app overall

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS | Multi-track editor: Yes | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Cross-platform 
Useful export options
Free starter plan
Full version needs subscription

Aimed squarely at the YouTube generation, Premiere Rush is a cross-platform, video editing app that's purposely much easier to use than Adobe's more complex desktop tools, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition.

Instead, Premiere Rush focuses on making it easy to process your clips quickly and upload them to social media. For example, it automatically converts your videos to the specific aspect ratios and quality levels required by each platform.

Premiere Rush is not just useful for YouTubers, though. It's also one of the best video editing apps for professionals, as it allows you to take content you've been working on in Premiere Pro, and make further tweaks to it on a phone or tablet. You can then upload that content to the cloud, continue working on it in Premiere Pro, and so on.

The app's interface is nice and simple with large icons and panels, making it very straightforward for standard video editing tasks, such as dragging-and-dropping footage onto the timeline, correcting colour, mixing in music or voiceovers, or adding titles and transitions. 

There's a one-minute tutorial when you first open the app, but actually, the app is so simple to use, you might not need it, making it one of the best video editing apps for beginners. See our Premiere Rush review for more info.

How do you get Premiere Rush? Well, if you're a subscriber to the Creative Cloud, you'll already have it. Alternatively, you can subscribe separately for $9.99 / £9.99 a month (also check our Adobe Creative Cloud discounts). There's even a limited free starter plan. 

With all these options, you'll get constant updates to the app without having to pay extra. The latest update on 4 March 2021, for example, added 24 new cinematic colour presets, which you can apply to all your clips simulanteously using the 'Apply to All' button. 

Best video editing apps: Quik app

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02. Quik (cross-platform)

The best video editing app for GoPro users

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS | Multi-track editor: Yes | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: No

Easy interface
Sync songs to footage
Horizontal levelling
Can't edit templates

Quik is the new name for the official GoPro app, which was rebranded in March this year with a fresh look, and incorporating the music-sync editing tools of the original Quik app.

This video editing app is focused on two main things: allowing you to remotely control your GoPro device, and edit your GoPro footage. It automatically imports your action footage, and makes it easy to do things like sync your clips to music, add photos, titles and timelapse sequences, and include graphs based on your stats.

We especially love the Horizon Levelling editor, which tweaks the angle of your scene to correct things if your camera wasn't mounted in line with the horizon. We also appreciate being able to go through your footage frame-by-frame to find standout still images.  Once your photos and videos are ready, you can directly upload them to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more, or share them via text or email. 

This app is free, but with in-app purchases you can get extra themes and filters, as well as the ability to autoupload photos and videos to the cloud. In our list of best video editing apps, this one is (kinda obviously) the one you'll want to use for your GoPro footage.

Best video editing apps: Lumavision app

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03. LumaFusion (iOS)

The best video editing app for iPhone and iPad users

Platform: iOS | Multi-track editor: Yes | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Advanced features 
No subscription needed
iOS only
No iCloud syncing

LumaFusion is an iOS app that's commonly used by journalists, filmmakers, and video producers to capture and edit video on the fly. Produced by the creators of Pinnacle Studio, this app for iPhone and iPad gives you six video/audio tracks for photos, videos, titles and graphics, along with an extra six audio tracks for narration, music and sound effects. 

The interface is pretty similar to Final Cut Pro X, with its magnetic timeline. One of LumaFusion’s most impressive features is that any effect can be keyframed, as can clip animation, allowing precise adjustments to your project. 

Other advanced tools on offer include insert/overwrite capability, colour correction, a fully featured audio mixer, lossless export, support for vertical video, advanced title creation tools and slow motion/fast motion (forward and reverse). 

Once you're done, there are endless sharing options and exporting options. For instance, you can export at different resolutions, qualities and frame-rates, as well as exporting audio and video separately. The app even supports for XML export to Final Cut Pro X. At one-off fee of $29.99 / £28.99, this all represents something of a bargain, and makes it one of the best video editing apps for professional creators out in the field.

Note though, that there’s no syncing between devices as yet, so you can’t start editing on your iPhone and then continue on your iPad, for example. We hope that will come in time, as the makers are continue to work on and improve the app. For example the latest version, released in March (2.4.4), fixed a number of issues, such as the import of zip files and stepping through audio clips in Preview. For more details, read our full Lumafusion review.

Best video editing apps: Kinemaster app

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04. KineMaster (Android, iOS)

The best video editing app for Android

Platform: Android, iOS | Multi-track editor: Yes | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Advanced features 
Multi-track editing
Precision control
Watermarks on free version

KineMaster is one of the best video editing apps for professional use. With high-end features such as blending modes, chroma keying, and audio mixing, this advanced app allows you to shoot, edit and export your footage on your phone or tablet via a mult-layer interface. It's available for both iOS and Android.

This is one of the best video editing apps for trimming clips and layers with frame-by-frame granularity. Audio clip timing can be adjusted, too, with sub-frame accuracy.  You can upload multiple layers of video (on supported devices), images and text, as well as multi-track audio. Beyond that, Kinemaster is packed with advanced features, including instant edit previews, precise volume envelope control, colour LUT filters, speed controls, chroma key compositing and 3D transitions. In short, while this is not quite Premiere Pro on a mobile device, it's not far off.

The app is free to download, but note that it adds watermarks to videos, which you have to take out a subscription to remove. A subscription also allows you to export at 1080p or 4K, and get access to over a thousand premium assets. Find out more in our KineMaster review.

Best video editing apps: iMovie app

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05. iMovie (Apple devices)

The best free video editing app for iOS

Platform: iOS, Mac | Multi-track editor: Yes | Export direct to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Free for Apple users
Easy to use 
Not the most feature-rich 
Not the most powerful

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you'll have iMovie, as it's automatically included with your hardware. This consumer app is a long, long way from being a pro tool like LumaFusion or Kinemaster. But if you're a beginner who wants to get started editing video, and add titles, music, voiceovers and photos to it, it's got everything you need.

iMovie supports 4K on modern devices, and as you'd expect, integrates beautifully with the Apple ecosystem as a whole. So for example, you can save your clips to the iCloud drive or stream them to an Apple TV via AirPlay, and everything plays nicely with Apple Photos, Mail and Messages too. Read our iMovie review to learn more.

iMovie doesn't get significant updates very often, but at least Apple pays attention to fixing bugs; so for example, the latest March 2021 update (10.2.3) solves some issues when it comes to fonts in titles and projects failing to import. 

Best video editing apps: Filmora Go app

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06. FilmoraGo (Android, iOS)

The best free video editing app with no watermarks

Platform: Android, iOS | Multi-track editor: No | Export direct to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: No

Free 
No watermarks
No multi-track editing 
No 4K support

FilmaraGo is a free app for iOS and Android made by Wondershare that lets you edit online HD videos without a steep learning curve. Thanks to its themed filters and effects, it can help even newbies make their videos look impressively professional. And unlike its desktop cousin, it doesn't even add watermarks.

Some in-app purchases are available, such as songs and effects, but your videos can work perfectly well without them. And yes, there are internal ads, but they aren’t especially intrusive. So while it's quite a basic app – for example, there's no multi-track editing or 4K support – it's still one of the best video editing apps around that's properly free.

For more advanced software from Wondershare, see our Filmora X review.

Best video editing apps: Clips app

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07. Apple Clips (iOS)

The best video editing app for family videos

Platform: iOS | Multi-track editor: No | Export direct to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: No

Free 
Fun for families 
Not a “serious” app

The best video editing apps are sometimes overkill, if all you want is to edit your family videos for fun. So if you're an iOS user, it's worth checking out Apple Clips. This free app allows you to create and send video messages, or tell video stories with filters, animated text, music, emoji, and stickers. 

Primarily aimed at children and families, Apple Clips is pretty lightweight stuff: it's not even as powerful as iMovie. That said, with each successive update, it is getting a little closer to becoming a serious video editing app. In the last big update in October (3.0), for example, it got a refreshed interface, support for vertical and horizontal video, and HDR recording. For more information, read our Apple Clips review.

Best video editing apps: Filmmaker Pro app

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08. Filmmaker Pro (iOS)

Freemium video editing app with some unique features

Platform: iOS | Multi-track editor: No | Export direct to YouTube: No | 4K support: Yes

Video grading 
Green screen support 
No multi-track editing
Best features not free

Filmmaker Pro is another one of the best video editing apps for your iPhone. This  app is primarily aimed at consumers but (as the name suggests) comes with some nice pro features too, including 30 filters, 17 transitions and Audiometer assisted voiceovers. 

You also get video grading, a superb green screen support, nearly 200 different fonts for your text overlays, and some advanced tools such as chroma keying. Recent improvements in the March 2021 update include the abilities to delete clips directly from the timeline by long pressing and dragging; adjust layers and photo clip durations in 0.1 sec increments; and trim videos to 0.5 sec.

Note that, like many apps on this list, Filmmaker Pro is free to download, but you won't get the full feature set and you'll have watermarks on your videos too. So it's best to consider this as a paid-for, subscription-based app, and treat the free download as basically a free trial version.

Best video editing apps: In Shot app

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09. Inshot (cross-platform)

Free app for making social videos

Platform: iOS, Android | Multi-track editor: No | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Easy to use
Free
No advanced features
Pay to remove watermarks

If you want a video editing app for your social media needs, then Inshot is a good choice. It's specifically geared toward creating clips for social media, and is one of the best video editing apps for that purpose. For example, it comes with pre-built canvas sizes for everything from IGTV to TikTok.

With a clear and easy to use interface, Inshot makes it smooth and easy to import, trim and edit your clips together, then add filters, stickers, captions, emojis, and other fun things on top, as well as free music and sound effects. 

The app is free, but comes with ads, and your videos will be watermarked. Both can be removed with a small monthly subscription. There are also one-off purchases for more advanced features.

Best video editing apps: Action Director app

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10. ActionDirector

Android video editing app for action footage

Platform: Android | Multi-track editor: No | Export directly to YouTube: Yes | 4K support: Yes

Free version
Slow and fast motion effects
Supports 4K
Basic editing only

Available for Android, ActionDirector's focus, as the name suggests, is squarely on capturing and editing action video footage. So as well as being a basic video editing app, it also offers some nifty action effects to apply to your shots. 

For instance, you can slow down or speed up video segments with precision, to create eye-catching slow-motion or fast-motion scenes. You can also highlight specific sections of your video to replay or rewind. 

Beyond that the app also makes it easy to add titles and text, mix in music, and share video via social networks. ActionDirector is free, with in-app purchases for certain features.

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