It’s no secret that today’s amateur videographers can make professional-level videos with hip-pocket devices. The iPhone’s HD video camera is certainly up to the task of recording, but you’ll still need a way to edit and share all those video masterpieces. The App Store is practically overflowing with video editing apps to help users make their videos stand out from the crowd. Armed with the right knowledge, you can hunt down the best video apps for the iPhone, or you can keep reading.
The editors at AppCraver put our heads together to come up with a list of our favorite video applications for editing, adding special effects and sharing our creations. We’ve highlighted the top apps for each task below.
Designed and advertised for its HDR abilities, Flare’s video effects features are nearly professional-grade. This Top 50 app’s combination of a simple interface and live effects take a lot of the guesswork out of shooting. The large and user-friendly viewfinder helps you keep the subjects right where you want them. As an added bonus, Flare supports pinch-to-zoom capabilities, making setting up and changing shots a snap. Done editing? Share your full-quality video creations across the web with upload options for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, Flickr and other social media favorites. With everything it has to offer, Flare is one of the best bargains on the App Store.
CinemaFX for Video
If what you really need is a good all-around editing/effects app, CinemaFX for Video is the one to download. It’s more than the standard two-tap apps for automatically improving videos, but with 55 different effects at the ready, you won’t have to spend six months learning the nuances of video editing either. Build your own custom edits by layering choices from a huge variety of options that include color changes like BW or sepia, vintage effects that use film grain or blur, toy camera effects that simulate Holga or Polaroid and many more. You can preview different styles side-by-side against the original before applying and, then, when you’re done export your video up to 720P and share it on Youtube or email with a minimum of fuss.
Videophiles who like to customize their videos but still want to maintain that film-like look, will appreciate FiLMiC Pro. Noteworthy features include a dual-thumb setup for better control during filming, a professional-grade set of upload options that include Dropbox and FTP, and variable frame rate settings for true versatility. With a well-thought out interface that is intuitive yet powerful, FiLMiC Pro is definitely geared towards the needs of serious users. However, with a low price this low, even newbies who just want to star in a few home movies will be tempted to create their own feature films. Read our complete review of FiLMic Pro.
Yes, this app offers more than one “trick,” but they’re all designed with the same goal in mind — to turn your uber-modern iPhone video into a cool, retro Super 8 flick. Record live video while mixing and matching seven lens effects and three animated filters to get the perfect vintage look. You can also rearrange scenes and add movie credits. Those who are so inclined, can explore extra features in the app that correspond to the Super 8 movie release such as film clips, show times and leaderboards.
Selective colorization is still a “fan favorite” when it comes to creating simple, striking photography. Like the extremely popular ColorSplash for still photos, Color Focus is the best app for applying this effect to iPhone videos. However, unlike the previously mentioned app, Color Focus applies the video effects “live”. Simply select a color, and what you see is what you record. You can even change colors to adjust the special effects while filming. Take this app for what it is and you can make some interesting videos. Just remember, you don’t have a green screen and a studio. You have an iPhone and a $2 app. Don’t expect miracles and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results, which even can even be captured in full resolution — up to 5 megapixels for iPhone 4 owners!
As the name implies, Silent Film Director transforms your iPhone into a late 19th-century movie camera, ready to capture gentlemen of leisure misplacing their monocles or young women trying out the latest in hoop-skirt fashions. Have no fear, it works on modern subjects equally well! The app itself overlays videos with film grain effects and washes out the color. It also allows for customized title cards, film speed changes, and unique transitions. Better still, the website offers a variety of free ragtime tracks to liven up your creations.
Splice – Video Editor
With a collection of accolades to rival any film star, Splice is an aptly-named application for joining pictures and videos together into one continuous movie. Splice has lots of in-app purchases available for enhancing your personal flicks with sound effects, borders, etc, and the editing tools are designed to make a difficult job easier with features like drag-and-drop, the familiar Ken Burns effect and simple customization of title slides. The most recent update added support for HD video, great for quality but not-so-great for anyone not running a top-of-the-line device. Our advice, if you don’t have an iPhone 4 you won’t get the best performance from this app.
Tired of trying to line up images and stitch together photos? Then perhaps you need a way to take panoramic pictures. 360 Panorama is an app that promises quick and easy panoramic creations — just fire up the application, tap the screen and pan the camera across the horizon. Auto adjust for lighting, geotagging, and instant-upload for sharing online, on Facebook or via email. This app uses high-res images and processes panoramas in about 20 seconds so, while the developers suggest a device that is 3GS or better, you’re likely to get the best results from an iPhone 4 or iPad 2.
Cartoonatic – Toon Camera, Sketch & Art FX for videos and photos
Cartoonatic is a whimsical app with 9 different video effects for creative videographers to play with. The easy-to-use animation app transforms both photos and videos into a simulation of hand-drawn art with real time preview so you can see exactly what you’re getting as you film. Finally, add a soundtrack or put your creation on “fast-forward” for extra humor before uploading to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Whether you’re shooting some cartoon-style video on the go or convincing your friends that you belong in the Louvre of Crayons, Cartoonatic makes video effects simple and fun. There is also a Pro option which removes the advertisements, adds three more video effects as well as the ability to apply all the effects to photos.
iMajiCam — Realtime video effects
There are quite a few editing applications to spice up your iPhone videos with cool effects—usually, though, you’re limited to one effect at a time. iMajiCam is an exception. Packed with 39 video effects and filters which can be layered, started or stopped in real time, and combined with frame effects to create a never-ending loop of movie magic. Use iMajiCam’s integrated social network features to share your remastered videos via Facebook, Flicker, Twitter, email and more.
Videolicious is a quick and effective video editing app. It allows the user to select and arrange video clips, and narrate them. Soundtrack music can be chosen from the iTunes library, or from included music. It doesn’t give full-featured video editing control, but the point is to be able to create a finished video in a short amount of time, and it accomplishes that. Videos can be uploaded to Facebook or YouTube from within the app, or posted with partners such as marthastewart.com. Read our review of Videolicious.
What fun are videos if you can’t share them with your adoring fans online? Vlix, a free video effects and sharing app from SpotMixer Inc., allows you to create a custom web stream of your videos and share it with anyone who wants to follow you. Included with this app is the full range of common effects, including slow motion, simulated thermal, and high contrast. This app is not a perfect solution for longer films, but for short, social clips, Vlix can’t be beat. This is your chance to become an internet sensation.
If you thought that 3G iPhone was useless without video, you’re in luck. Video Genius enables older generation users to record movies of varying lengths depending on your settings. After recording, the video will appear in the Photo Library where you can use the iPhone’s standard sharing features to send videos via email, etc. to family and friends.
It’s not free like the video app above, but iCamcorder offers extras that some users may be willing to pay for. In addition to the ability to record video, this app also applies eleven different effects including the top favorites: black and white, pop art, old movie effect, etc. Take your recorded videos and download via WiFi or share on Facebook YouTube and Twitter.
What video apps do you use? Leave a comment and let us know about your favorite iPhone video apps for editing, special effects and sharing mobile movies!