Best video editing apps in 2024

Want to make eye-catching social media clips or cut a feature film on your phone or tablet? We put the top ten best video editing apps for Android, iOS, and iPad to the test. 

Whether you're marketing your business online, or you're a beginner showcasing yourself on Instagram, YouTube, and more, there are loads of apps in the store packed with tools and effects for trimming and stitching videos together. Most of them are even easier to use than the best video editing software for beginners. But which of these video editor apps makes the final cut?

After rating the very best video editing software, our team wanted to see results on the small screen. During all our in-depth app testing, we compared how easy it is edit a video on a phone or tablet, overall performance on Android and Apple devices. And then we dived right into extra features like filters, VFX, and color correction, to help you create the kind of content you want to see.

Our top 3 video editing apps

Best video editing app overall

LumaTouch LumaFusion mobile video editing app during our testing

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An excellent mobile version of a pro-level video editor

Specifications

Platform: iOS, iPad, Android
Plan: Perpetual license
Key features: Keyframing, multi-track timeline, audio editing

Reasons to buy

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On iOS and Android
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Looks great on tablets and mobile screens
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Easy to use
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So many features

Reasons to avoid

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Extra taps occasionally needed
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One-off cost isn't ideal for very casual users

LumaFusion is a touch-based video editor for your phone or tablet, be it iOS or Android. This isn’t a free app, a subscription-based one, or one crippled unless you fork out for an ‘in-app purchase’ one. Rather, you pay a one-off fee, and it’s yours forever. There are new additional extras, but they’re specific high end options which will only appeal to a select few, so it makes sense they’re available separately - you can edit perfectly well without them.

The interface is incredibly well designed, versatile, as you can organise it in one of six ways, plus it looks and works great in either portrait or landscape orientation. Editing is also a breeze, with almost everything being a tap away, and you then drag the clip you want onto the timeline and work from there. Applying filters is simple, and we really liked that almost every parameter is keyframable, allowing you to create complex, evolving effects over time. If you’re serious about visual content, this is the best video editing app for YouTube, socials, business promos, the lot.

Read our full LumaFusion review 

Best free video editing app

DaVinci Resolve for iPad undergoing tests during our video editing app review process

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Professional-grade video editing and color correction

Specifications

Platform: iPad
Plan: Free, Perpetual license
Key features: Identical to desktop version, color grading, audio transcription

Reasons to buy

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Great port of a desktop app
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Powerful tools
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Good design

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t zoom on the Timeline
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Complex interface
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Eats your battery life

Finding a good video editing app for your iPad is hard. Finding one with professional-level tools is harder still. Finding one that offers all this for free, is almost impossible. That is, unless you grab yourself a copy of DaVinci Resolve for iPad. Sure, you can pay a one-off in-app purchase to get yourself even more advanced tools. But the free version should be more than powerful enough for any editor and creator looking for a pro movie-making or YouTube video editing app.  

The interface is a scaled down version of the desktop version (which is also free), and allows you to import footage, edit a project, add transitions, titles, effects, and colour grading, all with a very well designed touch-based interface. Hooking up a keyboard and mouse to your tablet will grant you access to faster shortcuts, but you can easily work without them. 

On the whole, we found this to be one of the best video editing apps for pros. Introduce zoom-in gestures to the timeline, and it would be almost perfect. 

Read our full DaVinci Resolve for iPad review 

Best video editing app for social media

CapCut mobile video editing app during our testing

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Sweet and simple free mobile video editor

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, Windows, Web
Plan: Free, Subscription
Key features: Color correction, background removal, TikTok integration

Reasons to buy

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Mostly free
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Linked to TikTok by default
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Great for IG, FB, and more
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Surprisingly powerful free features

Reasons to avoid

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Only works in portrait orientation
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The icons’ labels are tiny
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Demands full access to your entire Photos library to access shortcuts

CapCut is a completely free video editing app that’s great for basic cuts. Easy to use, social-media friendly, there's a lot to like with this TikTok and Instagram video editing app. 

Ok, so it's free, but there is a ‘Pro’ option offering additional tools, transitions and effects on a subscription basis, but you’ll find those available for free are pretty powerful as they are.

The interface is clean and simple, although you can only work in your device’s portrait orientation. Building an edit is simple if you’ve any experience of mobile video editing, as the concept is pretty similar. We were impressed by the number of tools at your disposal, including powerful ones like being able to remove the background, be it a green screen or not, great speed controls, a strong selection of audio tools, and impressive speech to text auto captioning.

If your video life is on TikTok, its seamless integration makes this a no brainer. But you can also take advantage of CapCut’s capabilities for pretty much any other social media platform you can think of.

Read our full CapCut review 

Best video editing app for beginners

Using Adobe Premiere Rush video editing app to create social media video

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Great for when you're just starting out

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, iPad, Windows, macOS
Plan: Subscription
Key features: Desktop and mobile, motion graphics, color correction, Adobe integration

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Video editor for Android, iOS, and desktops
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Lots of useful tools

Reasons to avoid

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Requires Creative Cloud subscription
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Not all tools available on all platforms

Adobe Premiere Rush is a solid challenger to that 'best overall' slot. It’s lightweight, easy and instinctive to use, balancing powerful editing tools with a delightfully simple interface and regular updates. If you're looking for an Instagram or YouTube video editing app that will help you really master the art and catch the eye, this is the one.

Best of all - Premiere Rush is multi-platform, effortlessly sliding into almost any creative workflow. Thanks to Creative Cloud support, you can edit videos across Android, iOS, and desktop devices without missing so much as a frame of footage. You can grab it either as a standalone app, bundled alongside consumer-level video editor Premiere Elements, or as part of the Creative Cloud All Apps package.

When we tested the top video editing app, we felt it offered users an incredibly simple entry-point into video editing on phones and tablets. Admittedly, you’re unlikely to win an Oscar from any movie edited here, but it’s ideal for quickly building an edit on the go. 

Outside of the effortless interface and experience, we were delighted to find a raft of updates. This includes access to an ever-growing stock media library, a clever transcription tool, and major performance gains. Adobe even claims the video editor app has been optimized for better battery life and faster exports. 

Read our full Adobe Premiere Rush review

Best video maker app

KineMaster video editing app undergoing tests during our review process

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A powerful and versatile video editing app

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, iPad
Plan: Free, Subscription
Key features: Templates, chroma key, 4K exports, audio editing

Reasons to buy

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Great selection of tools and templates
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Easy to learn and use
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Many free features

Reasons to avoid

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No way to purchase the app outright
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May be too basic for pros

If you’re looking for a quick way to produce a lot of visual content, KineMaster, with its many video templates, make this really easy. 

You can start using the app without paying anything, or even creating an account - but serious users will likely want to take out a subscription. Even in the free version, though, we found very few restrictions, and the editing interface is extremely polished. A well-designed video editor and maker app with all the usual touch gestures you’re used to being fully supported.

There’s also an asset store should you wish to download any additional tools, effects, transitions, and more - many of which can be accessed without paying, although as you’d no doubt expect, most of the best are restricted to subscribers.

When it comes to exporting your work, the only restriction to free users is having your work watermarked. The quality of your output isn’t limited to HD as other similar apps do. Instead, you can go all the way up to 4K, for free. KineMaster is an excellent video editing app that’s most definitely worth exploring.

Read our full KineMaster review 

Best video editing app for prosumers

CyberLink PowerDirector on iOS during our video editing app review

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Simple to use with impressive results

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, iPad
Plan: Free, Subscription
Key features: Multi-track editing, chroma key, masking

Reasons to buy

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Good interface
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Nice assortment of tools
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Subscription only
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Privacy concerns

CyberLink PowerDirector for iOS and Android is a powerful mobile video editor, which you can use - with some limitations - for free, but if you want the full unrestricted experience, you’ll have to subscribe for the service. The restrictions include limiting the use of some ‘premium’ tools, and not letting you export a project at a resolution higher than HD. Perfect for marketing a business online, and a good YouTube video editing app, but one of the best for IG, FB, etc. 

Overall, we found the interface is well-designed, making it easy to add clips to the timeline, trim and edit your footage, apply effects, titles, transitions and more. You can use your own media stored in your device’s Photos Library, or make use of the direct connection to the free Pexels and Pixabay libraries. iStock is an option too, but that one comes at a price. 

All this is great, but there is a privacy concern as PowerDirector insists on having full access to your entire media library, even to export your project, when that is not necessary. Other competing apps don’t do this, and work perfectly fine. 

Read our full CyberLink PowerDirector Mobile review 

Best video editing app for iPhone

Apple iMovie for iOS during our tests

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Easy editing on your iPhone and iPad

Specifications

Platform: iOS, iPad, macOS
Plan: Free
Key features: Transitions, effects, audio library

Reasons to buy

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Free
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Choice of complexity
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Simple to moderate tools

Reasons to avoid

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Weird occasional upside down glitch
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Doesn’t get updated often enough
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Overtaken by some competitors

iMovie isn't the only iPhone video editing app out there - and for serious content creators, it's not great. But it's built by Apple, it's been around since 2010, and it's just so easy to use on iOS devices that if your needs (and expectations) and fairly casual, it's still the best video editing app on iPhone. 

It’s free, doesn’t bombard you with ads, or tracks you, like some of its competitors do, and the interface is as sleek and easy to use as ever. 

During our tests, we found it works great whether you’re using an iPhone or iPad, and comes with three different ways to edit a movie - which is a nice touch for beginners (or don’t have the time for absolute precision). ‘Movie’ gives you full control, ‘Storyboard’ guides you through the editing process and comes with relevant transitions and soundtrack, and ‘Magic Movie’ automatically turns a selection of clips into a short movie for you.

It’s not as cutting edge as it used to be, so more advanced users should think of looking elsewhere, but it’s still ideal for newcomers to the wonderful world of filmmaking.

Read our full Apple iMovie for iOS review 

Best video editing app for activities

Cutting content using the GoPro Quik mobile video editing app during our testing process

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Edit your GoPro footage on your phone or tablet

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, iPad
Plan: Free, Subscription
Key features: Unlimited media upload, auto-highlight creator, 4K support, stickers and emojis

Reasons to buy

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Free to try
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GoPro camera not required
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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‘Free’ option is a limited trial
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Best for GoPro users
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Some editing more complex than necessary

Quik is GoPro’s answer to mobile video editing. It’s a simple app for iOS and Android designed to work seamlessly with your GoPro camera, importing footage into your phone or tablet and working from there. You can still use Quik even if you haven’t got any GoPro gear, although the advantages of already being a GoPro customer are obvious when you check the advantages bundled with the high end subscription.

The App on its own would cost you £10 a year, and with that you get a simple-to-use, not too advanced video editor, aimed at the novice user or the one who’s happy with the computer doing most of the work.

However, if you opt for the higher end subscription option, known as ‘GoPro’, you are then offered many advantages that go beyond the app itself, including guaranteed replacement of faulty equipment, and discounts on new GoPro purchases. If you’re a GoPro customer, the subscription is highly attractive. Non-GoPro users may find a better app for video editing elsewhere.

Read our full GoPro Quik review 

Best video editing app for basics

Wondershare Filmora phone app durring our video editing tests

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Film, edit and share on the go

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS
Plan: Free, Subscription
Key features: AI tools, pre-built video templates, effects

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Many editing tools
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Cross-platform license available
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Good results

Reasons to avoid

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Free exports limited to 720P
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App wants to track you
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App wants access to all photos

Wondershare Filmora (formerly FilmoraGo) is an iOS and Android video editing app that, in our experience, does a decent job if you're looking for a straightforward video editing app for Insta, YouTube, and the rest. Just don't expect to edit your Academy Award winner using it. 

Aside from a picture-in-picture option, you are limited to working with a single layer of video, which does constrain your creative options. You’ll find the tools at your disposal to be easy to use and work pretty well.

You don’t need to pay for using the app, but as you’d expect, you’ll have fewer options to play will, and will have to contend yourself with your projects being watermarked. The worst restriction though is limiting your exports to 720P. If you want higher, like 1080P, or up to 4K, you’ll need to pay.

Filmora has monthly and annual subscriptions, as well as a one-off payment for the perpetual licence, although that won’t cover the newest version, whenever it comes out. All this sounds good, but Filmora does make questionable choices when it comes to respecting your privacy, like forcing you to give it access to all your media library, rather than allowing you to choose just the ones you wish to share.

Read our full Wondershare Filmora video editor app review 

Best video editing app for creative cuts

InShot mobile video editing app during our testing

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Great interface, and impressive tools

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS
Plan: Free Subscription
Key features: AI tools and effects, music library, stickers

Reasons to buy

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Excellent interface
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Great selection of tools
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So easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Privacy concerns

InShot is a mobile video editor for iOS and Android phones and tablets. It is a surprisingly well designed app with a lot on offer for free. If you want access to more advanced tools, effects and transitions, you do have to pay. However, if you don’t mind having your work watermarked, there’s a lot you can do for free, even exporting your work in 4K.

The interface is clean and easy to use, and while reviewing the app, we did find the tools are plentiful with simple options. Pleasingly, nothing feels too small, even when working on a phone. It's a great design - and one we wished offered inspiration to some of the more clunky video editing apps. 

A decent TikTok or IG video editing app, overall. But if you’re a fan of privacy, you might have some concerns, like a plethora of vendors you need to manually disallow, and worse of all, the app’s insistence on having access to your entire photo and video library - you can’t just select the clips you’d like to use like other apps do. That makes it hard to recommend, which is a real shame.

Read our full InShot review 

Best video editing app for animators

Cutting animation footage using the video editing app Stop Motion Studio Pro

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11. Stop Motion Studio Pro

Bring cartoons and models to life

Specifications

Platform: Android, iOS, iPhone, macOS, Windows, Amazon
Plan: Perpetual license