Best video editing apps: Premiere Rush on three different devices
+$Premiere Rush from Adobe lets you edit short videos on your mobile device

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+$Using the best video editing apps means everyone from children to professionals can get involved with film production with a range of smart devices. If you don't have a lot of fancy kit and you haven't had any training, these apps are an exciting way to make videos look glossy and professional. And they have the added bonus of being portable – enabling you to play around with them on the move.

+$These apps are intuitive, more powerful than you'd expect, and a great place to start in your video editing journey. Though if you need something that packs more of a punch, check out our roundup of视频编辑软件+$. And if you want a bigger screen to edit on, we've selected the用于视频编辑的最佳笔记本电脑+$just For You.

Best video editing apps: Premiere Rush on a variety of devices

+$Premiere Rush is a free video editing app for short videos

+$01. Adobe Premiere Rush (cross platform)

+$The best video editing app for short videos

平台:+$iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export directly to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Casual, not pro software

+$Let’s be honest: on first encounter, Adobe’s professional video editing software, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition, can be a little intimidating. However powerful these tools are, there’s definitely a considerable learning curve, and newbies wanting to knock out a quick video for YouTube, Snapchat or Instagram Stories will often be looking for something easier to pick up and play with. So last October, Adobe launched+$Premiere Rush+$, which is designed specifically for anyone wanting to process video clips quickly and upload them to a social network.

+$Available for free on iOS, Android and desktop, the app is designed to be easy to use. That’s obvious the moment you open it up, and see a simplified interface featuring large icons and panels, making it especially great for touchscreen use. And when you come to start using it, typical tasks like adding videos to the timeline through drag-and-drop, or mixing in background music, are intuitive and fuss-free, involving the minimum number of clicks.

+$The app offers four video and three audio tracks for editing. As you’d expect, its export options are optimised for every social media platform you’ve heard of, including Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo. Alternatively, you can just export the video to your local machine, or save it to the cloud so you can access it on all your devices.

+$Overall, this tool is by no means as powerful as Premiere Pro, and you wouldn’t want to make a feature film with it. But if you’re just putting together relatively short and straightforward online videos, it’s going to have everything you need. (And if it doesn’t, its Creative Cloud integration means you can always open your saved Rush project in Premiere Pro and tweak it there instead.)

Best video editing apps: LumaFusion interface

+$LumaFusion is powerful enough to do pro work on your iPad

+$02. LumaFusion (iOS)

+$The most professional video editing app for iOS

平台:+$iOS |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export directly to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Straightforward Interface
+$No ICloud Syncing

+$If you’re looking for professional-level editing on your iPhone or iPad, then+$LumaFusion+$is quite frankly the only game in town.

+$Aimed at mobile journalists, filmmakers, and video producers wanting to capture footage while on the move, it offers six video/audio tracks for photos, videos, titles and graphics, plus an extra six audio tracks for narration, music and sound effects, in an interface that will be familiar to Final Cut Pro users.

+$It’s incredibly feature-rich, offering native support for 4K UHD, insert/overwrite capability, keyframing, colour correction, full support for PAL at 25fps upon export, a fully featured audio mixer; lossless export, support for vertical video, advanced title creation tools and more.

+$Note though, that’s 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.

Best video editing apps: Kinemaster Pro on smartphone

+$Kinemaster Pro offers feature-rich, multi-track editor on your Android mobile

+$03. KineMaster Pro (Android)

+$The most professional video editing app for Android

平台:+$Android |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export directly to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Multi-track Editing
+$Free version adds watermarks

KineMaster+$is a top-notch, pro-level video editing app for Android. Supporting multiple layers of video (on supported Android devices), images and text, as well as multi-track audio, it enables you to trim video clips and layers precisely at frame-by-frame granularity, while audio clip timing can be adjusted with sub-frame accuracy.

+$KineMaster also offers instant edit previews, precise volume envelope control, colour LUT filters, speed controls, chroma key compositing and 3D transitions. It’s free to download, but note that with it adds watermarks to videos, which you have to take out a subscription to remove.

Best video editing apps: iMovie on iPhone

+$iMovie ships free with i-devices, so you may as well give it a try

+$04. IMovie (iOS)

+$The best free video editing app for iOS

平台:+$iOS |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Not the most feature-rich
+$Not the most powerful

IMovie中+$is Apple’s very own video editing app, and it’s been shipping free with new Apple devices for a while now. It’s not as powerful as Luma Fusion, but on the plus side that means it offers a clean, intuitive interface that makes it easy to edit footage and add titles, music, voiceovers and photos.

+$First launched in 2010, the latest version of app supports 4K on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and later devices. You can save videos to the iCloud drive, stream them to an Apple TV via AirPlay, and everything integrates beautifully with Apple Photos, Mail and Messages.

+$While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend iMovie for professional video editing, the friendly and straightforward interface provides everything you need to knock out a short, good looking video. And as the app comes free with your iPhone anyway, there’s absolutely no reason not to give it a go.

Best video editing apps: Filmora logo

+$Filmora is free to use, with no hidden tricks to force you to pay

+$05. FilmoraGo (Android)

+$The best free video editing app for Android

平台:+$Android |+$Multi-track Editor:没有|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:没有

+$No Watermarks
+$No Multi-track Editing

+$If you’re an Android user looking for a simple and practical way to edit online videos that doesn’t involve a steep learning curve,+$Filmarago+$is worth a look. It’s very easy to use, and can help make your videos look impressively professional thanks to a range of themed filters and effects,

+$Unlike its desktop sibling, it’s also free to download, and won't stamp a watermark or place a time limit on your clip either, so it’s well worth giving a try. Admittedly, some in-app purchases are available, such as songs and effects, but your videos can work perfectly well without them, and the internal ads aren’t especially intrusive either.

Best video editing apps: Premiere Clip on multiple devices

+$Premiere Clip is a good standby for Android users waiting for Premiere Rush to come to the platform

+$06. Adobe Premiere Clip (iOS and Android)

+$The best alternative to Premiere Rush for Android users

平台:+$iOS, Android |+$Multi-track Editor:没有|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Not as good as Premiere Rush
+$No Multi-track Editing

+$If you’re an Android user, you’re going to have to wait a while for Premiere Rush (above) to arrive on your platform. But if integration with the Creative Cloud is the main thing you’re looking for, you’ll find this, to some extent, in the older but still robust首映剪辑

+$Clip is a fairly simple and lightweight app for stitching together photos and video clips on mobile. But it does allow you to import custom special effects from other Adobe CC tools. Plus, as you’d expect, it’s easy to export your finished videos to the Creative Cloud when you’re done. And like Premiere Rush, it's free to download, even if you don't have an Adobe CC subscription.

Best video editing apps: Apple Clips on four different phonescreens

+$Apple Clips offers fun video editing for all the family

+$07. Apple Clips (iOS)

+$The best video editing app for kids and families

平台:+$iOS |+$Multi-track Editor:没有|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:没有

+$Fun For Families
+$Not a “serious” app

+$Apple Clips+$is a fun app that allows you to create and send video message or tell video stories with filters, animated text, music, emoji, and stickers.

+$Primarily aimed at children and families, and featuring characters from Star Wars and Disney, it’s lightweight stuff, and we wouldn’t previously have even included it on this list. However, the recent update to the app in April has brought it a little closer to being a serious video editing app.

+$The latest features include more diverse sharing options (share videos via AirDrop or email, save them to Files, or upload them to cloud storage services); the ability to create songs in GarageBand and add them directly to new or existing videos; and a new camcorder filter to give your videos a retro video camera look.

Best video editing apps: Filmmaker Pro interface

+$Filmmaker Pro offers cool features such as chroma keying and video grading

+$08. Filmmaker Pro (iOS)

+$Pro-level video editing app with some unique features

平台:+$iOS |+$Multi-track Editor:没有|+$Export direct to YouTube:没有|+$4K Support:

+$Video Grading
+$Green Screen Support
+$No Multi-track Editing
+$Best features not free

+$Filmmaker Pro+$is another good choice for pro-level video editing on your iPhone. It comes with 30 excellent filters, for example, not to mention 17 transitions and Audiometer assisted voiceovers. It offers video grading, a superb green screen support, nearly 200 different fonts for your text overlays and advanced tools such as chroma keying,

+$Note though that, like many tools on this list, the app is free to download, but doesn’t provide you with the full feature set; for that you’re directed to in-app purchases. It also watermarks your videos, and if you want to remove them then you’ll need a monthly or annual subscription.

+$In other words, consider this to be a paid-for, subscription-based app, and treat the free download as basically a free trial version.

Best video editing apps: Power Director interface

+$Power Director lets you add background music and sound effects to your clips

+$09. Power Director (Android)

+$Solid, mid-level video editing app for Android

平台:+$Android, Windows Phone |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:+$Yes (with in-app purchase)

+$Multi-tracking Editing
+$Add Background Music
+$Watermarks on free version
+$Adverts on free version

+$Cyberlink’s+$PowerDirector+$is kind of an Android equivalent of iMovie (above). The app’s easy-to-use interface lets you arrange and edit your scenes on a timeline, as well as add titles and transitions. There’s also a good selection of effects, the ability to add background music and voiceovers, a photo collage maker, and support for slow motion.


Best video editing apps: Splice homepage

+$From the makers of GoPro, Splice is completely free with no hidden charges

+$10. Splice (iOS)

+$The best video editing app for action footage

平台:+$iOS |+$Multi-track Editor:是的|+$Export direct to YouTube:是的|+$4K Support:

+$Music not for commercial use

+$From the makers of the GoPro,拼接+$is aimed at people editing footage from that action camera, but it began life as an all-purpose video editing app and continues to serve that role well, whether the footage comes direct from your iDevice or elsewhere.

+$Splice is again pretty similar to iMovie, letting you import, trim and arrange video clips, and add transitions, text overlays, filters, titles and "documentary-style effects". Plus you can change the speed of your clips, which has obvious appeal to the GoPro user.

+$Splice also lets you lay down multiple audio tracks, offering you the use of free songs and sound effects, as well as syncing with your iTunes library. Best of all, it’s free to download, with no ads or watermarks.

+$One word of warning though: although the app has licensed the music so you can legally use it, that doesn’t apply to commercial use. So if you upload your videos to YouTube and try to monetise them, you may get a takedown notice for this reason.