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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.

AndroVid also presents an option for converting a video into an MP3 as well as one for adding a single music track into a clip. The latter isn't terribly useful, though, as there's no way to control where the music starts and stops within the clip or for how long it plays.

If you need to add text onto your video, AndroVid has a tool for that. Once you've selected the tool, all you do is type in your text and then use your finger to determine where on the screen it appears. You can adjust the size and color of the text, but there's no way to create or import a full-screen graphic, and there are no animations or transitions.

AndroVid does have a decent range of one-touch filter effects for videos. A few of them are limited only to a $2 "Pro" version of the program, but the vast majority work within the free version.

And finally, AndroVid has options for rotating videos and converting them to a different size, format or quality.

KineMaster Pro ($2.99 full version; free verson with watermark available)

For professionals who need a full-featured video editing solution, KineMaster Pro is a tough contender to beat. It's by far the most robust of the Android-based video editing tools I've tested — and one of the most well-designed, to boot.

Pros: Robust video editing options; wide range of tools for improving video quality; professional-looking transitions; impressive graphic creation utility; supports multiple audio tracks; native voice-over recording tool; clean and simple user interface

Cons: Supports a limited range of devices

In short: KineMaster Pro is the complete package: a full-featured video editor that's attractive and easy to use. If only it supported more devices.

KineMaster Pro gives you a multitracked timeline with full drag-and-drop support: You can import multiple videos, images and audio clips, and then move them around as needed with your finger. The app makes it easy to adjust elements more granularly, too: You just select the element you want to tweak and then tap a scissor icon above the timeline. You can then drag your finger to trim the clip or tap a "Split" option to divide the clip into two separate pieces for further manipulation.

KineMaster has tons of options for improving the quality of your product, ranging from sliders for adjusting a clip's brightness, contrast and color saturation to a range of filter-like color effects. The app also has one-touch tools for rotating videos or images and an impressive selection of professional-looking transitions to give your project a more refined look.

In terms of graphics, KineMaster has a large variety of templates for creating both full-screen and superimposed titles. Many of the options include sleek-looking animations; the app even has a tool for creating credit-style scrolling text. It can also do interesting things with still images, like rendering a slow zoom into a picture while text floats across it.


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