Review: 5 video editing apps for Android

Need to edit videos on your Android phone or tablet? Look no further. These five apps represent the best options available on the platform today.

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KineMaster Pro

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.

KineMaster Pro
KineMaster Pro

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.

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

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.

Video Maker Pro Free
Video Maker Pro Free

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.

The lower-third title graphics are functional if not beautiful: You can select from a black or (oddly enough) transparent orange background and can opt to have the graphic appear at the bottom of the screen or floating horizontally in the center. There are no options for changing the face, size or color of the font.

For any graphics beyond that, it's up to you to create them in a separate program and then import them as images; Video Maker Pro Free has no graphic creation tool of its own.

Video Maker Pro Free provides a separate space for a single supplementary audio track, should you wish to add a voice-over or music track to your project. (You can add one or the other -- with only a single supplementary track, there is no way to have both at the same time.) The app has no integrated voice recording function, so you're limited to adding in only existing sound files. Once an audio track is added, you can adjust its level as needed to make sure the audio can be heard over any natural sound on your primary video clip.

Video Maker Pro Free is essentially a continuation of the editing software Google abandoned -- with little new added into the equation other than some scattered ads. It isn't the most powerful or advanced video editing utility in the world, but if basic editing is all you need, the tried-and-true interface makes it one of the simplest and most usable products on the platform today.

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