I’m not the best video director in the world, much less an editor, but I’ve managed to squish videos together when I need to. This usually involves a stock movie maker, as few outside tools as possible, and God forbid any actual edits. Thankfully, on Android at least, there are some easily downloadable solutions.
I’ve put a few apps together, each that handles a specific aspect of the video combining better, and worse. It’s up to you to choose the one you like the most, but personally, I’d be fine going home with any of them. If you’re looking to put some clips together for Instagram, then one of these has the perfect resolution option available.
FilmoreGo – Free Video Editor
First on the list is FilmoraGo; a video editor that I can’t have a consistent opinion. When I first opened up the app, I was impressed with main menu’s quality. This impression stayed with me until I started digging into the meat of the app. The interface remains clean but has a strikingly different tone from the main screen that left me confused.
You can select clips from a variety of different sources, including:
Your phone’s storage
After selecting clips, it’s a little confusing because you have to back out at first to proceed, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
As far as editing goes, you’ll need to scroll down the editor wheel off to the side. I managed to miss this my first time with the tips off, but FilmoraGo has plenty of options to play with once you look. If you want a simple method to put videos together once you’ve learned the interface, this app will work wonders.
Next up, we have CuteCut, which can’t guarantee all of your cuts will be cute, but it’ll try. Starting with the interface, this app’s interface is simple, but everything is clearly marked and leaves little room for confusion. Since I’m easily frustrated and confused, CuteCut gets top marks from me for this alone.
The biggest problem I’ve had with CuteCut so far is how many ads there are on screen at one time. Occasionally, I’ll see some fullscreen ads as well, which are nothing but distracting. Thankfully, the functionality in CuteCut makes up for the trouble.
You can trim, translate videos to mp3, and merge them after just a tap of the button on the main screen. You won’t be importing videos from many other places other than your storage, but you’ll be able to merge them just as well like any other app. After processing, you can even save the videos at the perfect resolution for Instagram.
Don’t let the tacky looking interface fool you. Androvid is a competent video editor through and through. There are two buttons front and center that will draw your eye, and the one you want for videos is on the left.
Alternatively, several buttons are running along the bottom of the app. These buttons are used for trimming, quick merges, and even both minor and major edits to videos. This is one of the first free video editors that have made separate audio sliders so apparent. It’s a small touch, but I always appreciate extra audio options.
There are plenty of filters to choose from, and effects to add once you’ve finished combining your videos. All of these are available for free, much like the great app itself. This app isn’t as updated as the others in this list, but whenever it has bugs they are usually fixed quickly.
I’m not the biggest fan of VivaVideo’s free version, but it’s an editor that’s worth mentioning. To start with the negatives, VivaVideo has a five-minute limit on exported videos, and slaps a watermark on them in the free version. You can pay $1.99 to remove the watermarks, but at that price you may as well buy the pro version for $1.00 more.
On the surface, VivaVideo looks sleek, and has a charming interface. This thankfully persists through the whole app while I had my time with it. By using the Edit menu, you can trip clips before you combine them. Down below, there are even ways to capture video for use in the app without leaving the program.
VivaVideo isn’t my most recommended editor, but it has a style that’s too pleasant to overlook.
The icon makes it look older than it is, but VideoShow can still meet plenty of video editing demands. VideoShow is most likely the most intuitive tool I’ve used on Android for video combining, which is why I’ve saved it for last. Each button on the main page tells you what it’s for at a glance, and the app doesn’t waste any of your time.
Editing the videos is painless and has all of the functions you would expect in a desktop program, except you don’t need a mouse (even if it would help). Once you’re done with your video, there are even community options to play around with. In another tab of the app, are contests, groups, etc. that help promote video makers being social.
The name VideoShow isn’t just a combination of two words that sound great together, and it’s a great place to show off the videos you combine and create.
Five video editors, all different in their own ways, but all of them are able to combine videos and make them sparkle. In some cases, quite literally sparkle if that’s what you’re after. Most of them can edit pictures too, though a lot of that is better left to an actual photo editing app.
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