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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.

KineMaster Pro supports multiple audio tracks, so you can have overlapping layers of music, effects and voice-overs. The app has a built-in voice recorder that lets you record narration while you're watching your video. It comes with a collection of generic background music tracks, too, in case you need something to set the mood in a hurry.

The only glaring fault with KineMaster Pro is the limited range of devices it supports. For some reason, rather than simply making a minimum OS version requirement as most apps do, KineMaster's developers have restricted the app to a specific subset of Android phones and tablets (for example, while most of the Samsung mobile devices are supported, no Motorola device is). If your device isn't included in that list, you won't be able to purchase and install the app from the Google Play Store.

If you can get it, though, KineMaster Pro is in a league all its own in the realm of Android video editors. Serious users need look no further.

(Note: KineMaster does offer a free version of the app if you'd like to try before you buy, but that version puts a watermark on all finished videos — so it really isn't good for anything beyond a brief demo.)

Video Maker Pro Free (Free with ads)

Video Maker Pro Free is actually based on Google's old Movie Studio app — and it shows. The editor uses the same exact interface as the old native app, which is no-frills and somewhat bare-bones but also clean and easy to use.

Pros: Simple and intuitive user interface; easy to perform basic editing functions; includes separate audio track; includes basic lower-third graphic utility; free

Cons: Lacks multiple audio tracks; lacks full-screen graphic creation utility and any advanced graphic options; limited number of transitions; includes ads

In short: For basic video editing on Android, Video Maker Pro provides a clean and simple user interface that's easy to use and understand.

Once you create a new project in Video Maker Pro Free, you're presented with a timeline-based editing screen. A plus button at the top of the screen allows you to import existing images and videos or capture new ones and place them directly on the timeline. You can drag and drop items on the timeline to move them around in the sequence.

Tapping an item — be it an image or a video — allows you to make several adjustments to it: You can trim the length of the item by sliding your finger left or right at its start or finish, you can apply a handful of plain transitions to move in or out of the element, you can apply a few very basic filters and you can add simple lower-third title graphics.


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