Best Apps for Shooting and Processing Videos on iOS and Android

iPhone and top-end Android smartphones have very high-quality cameras. Some models typically have multiple noise-canceling microphones, as well as an optical image stabilization (OIS) feature that prevents “shaking” and smearing, especially in poor light. There is a common scenario, when the video is filmed on a smartphone and mounted on a large-screen tablet. For the second purpose, the iPad is ideal because of the mass of high-quality iOS apps for processing videos, adding special effects, and video editing in the App Store. In Google Play, the software for post-processing and installation is much weaker, although there is a lot to choose from.


Replay is one of the most popular editors for iPhones and iPads, which allows you to combine short videos with smooth transitions and music with slideshows from photos. It has 24 “styles” available for videos, each of which has its own features.

For example, Type allows you to superimpose slides with animated text, Snappy allows you to change the speed of playback (from very slow to fast-tracked), and Dandy allows you to create black-and-white silent movies. You can send the finished video directly to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or send it to a friend on WhatsApp.

8mm Vintage Camera

8mm is the best of the “vintage” cameras class. Suffice it to say that the film “In Search of sugar man” directed by Malik Benjelul, who used this application, in 2013 won the Academy Award in the category “Best Documentary.”

The program superimposes on the video a series of effects (dust, scratches, grit, flickering, light leaks, etc.) to make it seem shot on an old film. You can combine both retro lenses (Super 8, Clear, Flickering Frame, Spotlight, Light Leak, Color Fringing and Classic) and films (1920, Noir, 60s, 70s, Sakura, XPro, Siena, Pela, Indigo and Tuscan).


KineMaster is a powerful alternative to iMovie for Android devices. Allows you to glue individual audio and video files, cut the fragments into pieces, adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of colors, superimpose video filters and special effects, export videos as Full HD.

Action Movie F

Action Movie FX is an app for those who want to feel like the director of the next “Terminator” or “Transformers”. Thanks to dozens of different special effects, it allows you to turn a video diary into a Hollywood blockbuster. It can, for example, make an explosion or rockfall, shoot a car or drop an atomic bomb on it, simulate the attack of aliens, fire-breathing monsters, cyborgs and the like.

No editing skills are required here: the effects (or “scenes”) are superimposed at the touch of a button immediately after the video is shot. You can choose an object that should be destroyed by aiming at it, reduce or increase the intensity, special effects, adjust the exact time of their appearance in the frame.


VidTrim is an Android video editor with a very simple interface. Suitable in case you want not to dig into the settings of the application, and improve the video with one button. For example, you can quickly cut out a bad piece by clicking on the scissor icon, flip the video, reduce the quality, or superimpose the soundtrack.

The program provides a standard set of effects, such as vignettes or conversion to h/b. In addition, VidTrim allows you to extract from the videos frames in the form of static images, as well as save sound in mp3 format.

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