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5 video editing apps for Android

JR Raphael | March 10, 2014
For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.

For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.

Ask most Android enthusiasts and they'll tell you the same thing: Video editing is an area of surprising weakness in the Android app ecosystem. There are plenty of utilities out there, but most of them range from "meh" to "terrible."

At one point, Google itself seemed poised to fill the void: The company released its own native Android video editor, Movie Studio, with the launch of its Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform in 2011. But the app was almost immediately abandoned and is no longer even being shipped with new devices.

To be fair, Google's native Android Gallery app does let you perform basic video trimming, and the company's Google+-connected Photos app has a tool for adding music and premade themes to clips you've captured — but lots of people need something more robust.

That's why we decided to dig in deep to the Google Play Store and come up with five solid options for editing videos on Android. One of them is actually quite polished and well-rounded, while the others offer more limited functionality with their own sets of perks.

Read on — and find out once and for all which Android video editor is right for you.

AndroVid (Free with ads; $1.99 ad-free)

AndroVid is more of a toolbox than a formal video editor — but it's simple to use and does several things well.

Pros: Easy tool for trimming videos; lets you split videos into two separate pieces; can grab single-frame images from videos

Cons: No advanced editing options; audio options are very limited; no tool for full-screen graphics; user interface somewhat confusing; ad-free version costs almost as much as the more advanced KineMaster Pro

In short: If you need something a step above the most basic toolbox but not at the level of a full-fledged video editing suite, AndroVid should meet your needs with little hassle or superfluous functionality.

Once you open a video in AndroVid, you see a sliding list of options at the top of the screen. (You might not realize that the list slides at first — this isn't exactly an award-winning user interface — but if you swipe your finger to the left, you'll find more options awaiting.)

The options are fairly self-explanatory and work more or less as you'd expect: A Trim command lets you select a small segment of a video and get rid of the rest, a Split command lets you pick a point in the video at which it'll be spliced into two separate pieces and a Grab command lets you select a single frame of the video to save as a still image.


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