Best apps for video shooting and editing

  • Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 17:27 IST

Talk about cell phone cameras and apps, and so far, the discussion has mostly been about photographs. But cutting-edge smartphones and apps aren't just focussing on images (or on shooting selfies).

Videos are the next big thing. And it's not just smartphones with 4k recording ability, but a whole host of apps that are making video-recording, editing, even adding special effects, a whole different experience.

Shoot with

iPhone 6:
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras include 1080p HD video recording with features such as slow-motion video and time-lapse.

Sony Xperia Z3:
The device includes 4K video recording and 1440p video display, and is noted for its colour accuracy.

LG G3: The device includes 4K video recording, 1440p video display, and is known for high performance in low light (indoor and night shots).

Nokia Lumia 1020: The device includes 1080p HD video recording and is known to perform well in low light. It also captures detail and natural tones.

Alter speed

Instagram’s Hyperlapse is designed to let people easily make high-quality time-lapse videos even while moving around with just a smartphone. Currently, it's just available for iPhone users.

Framelapse: This is the alternative to Hyperlapse for Android users.

Video Reverse: The app lets you pick any video from your gallery, and turn it backward using five different speed options that let you slow it down or make it play in fast-forward.


Though the built-in app on the iPhone is decent, this adds more functionality and control to enhance your video-recording experience. Initially, the app offered zoom, 3K resolution and secret mode, among other features. The recently updated version 2.0 introduced two editors that let you trim, rotate and adjust the resolution and aspect ratio of videos, merge and split clips as well as insert music.

Night Video Recorder Camera: How often have we lost out on happy memories because the light just wasn’t good enough? The night vision app for Android devices supports HD recording, bringing professional low-light vision technology to your phone. It also supports zoom and flash.

Horizon: It helps the user shoots in horizontal mode. It uses the gyroscope of the device to keep your shot level. This is useful because vertical videos tend to be terrible, making the app pretty unique.


Lumify Video Editor:
This app analyses the videos you’ve shot and turns them into a professionally edited movie with just a few taps. It also automatically synchronising scene transitions to your soundtrack.

InstaShot: The app comes with a video maker, trimmer and compressor. Users can add borders/frames. It also supports video collages and trims, cuts and compresses videos with ease.

Magisto Video Editor & Maker: It automatically turns your video clips into edited movies in just a few minutes, complete with music, graphics, and effects of your choice

Special effects

Living Planet:
It claims to allow iOS device users to transform, for the first time ever, videos into tiny planets.

Selective Color Video: It captures silent videos in black and white and then uses tools to reveal the true colour of any particular object and subject in the frame.

FxGuru: Movie FX Director: Add a variety of free and paid effects to your videos, including ghosts and zombies, UFOs, aliens, drones, nukes, tornadoes, meteors, dinosaurs, cockroaches, helicopters and F1 cars, among others. Longer effects and cinematic filters are added incentives.

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