Top 5 Video Editing Apps for iPhones

November 21, 2017

Who knew that the day would come when an iPhone could rival the best mirrorless camera and still have enough capacity to edit and share these videos?

iPhones are getting more and more powerful. This current generation's iPhones are capable of shooting 4k videos in multiple frame-rates by using artificial intelligence amongst other things such as lenses. It's possible to shoot Facebook and YouTube-worthy videos, and then subsequently edit them for maximum shareability on platforms like Instagram. With one device. Right in the palm of your hand.

While it may not have been possible to do this without quality loss in the past, the applications have improved.

Here are the Top 5 Video Editing Apps for iPhone users

1) Adobe Premiere Clip

If you're already a puritanical pro that regards mobile video editing with a bit of suspicion, then fear no more. Like most pros who swear by the Adobe Creative Cloud, this app allows you to edit your projects anywhere through the power of your iPhone.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Clip allows you to organize your video clips, arrange their positioning, adjust clip speed and add filters with a simple swipe of your fingers. If working on many projects at the same time causes your iMac or MacBook to lag, your iPhone could be a great mobile workspace to ease your workload.

Once the work is complete, you can export the file into an XML document and carry on at your leisure on your desktop. It's the future!

Download Adobe Premiere Clip from the App Store (Free)

2) LumaFX

If you want the capability of Adobe Premiere Pro without the learning curve, this is definitely a great place to start!

LumaFX allows you to layer as many videos effects as you like as well as the added bonus of color correction at the swipe of your finger through the use of presets. With this app, you can simply add texts, color effects, styles, blurs and other distortion effects.


If color correction isn't your vice, you'll still love the various motion effects that the app comes with, while still being able to adjust audio pitch (in a fast-forward video), through a supported spectrum of 120 frames-per-second (fps) to 240fps, in order to create slo-mo videos and luxurious scene-stealing time-lapses.

Again, since this is a more pedestrian version of the more professional video editing apps, you'll get to change video aspect ratios of videos, animate different positions, and rotations and extract photographs of any frame (for the epic YouTube thumbnail, if that's what you wish).

Download LumaFX from the App Store ($2.99)

3) iMovie

When a lot of people think of movie editing, especially on their phones and especially professional movie editing, they tend to scoff at the mere mention of iMovie.

Yes, typically on a Mac, iMovie doesn't rank as the best, most powerful and customizable piece of editing software, however, on an iPhone or iPad, it's perfect!

It comes standard with any new iPhone and allows you to select videos directly from your camera roll and get to editing.


For the social media influencer, iMovie allows you to add voiceovers directly on the videos that you are editing and then when you're ready to take the footage to the next level, simply export the file to your Mac and perfect it.

Just like a typical iMovie application on a Mac, you can import videos, edit them, add filters, slice them up into clips, re-arrange clips, and add text overlays with a simple swipe.

Download iMovie from the App Store (Free)

4) Videoshop

If you've got an older iPhone model and are looking for the functionality of iMovie, without the price, Videoshop is a great alternative. This powerful app won't feel like much of a compromise once you become familiar with its intuitive interface.

Just like iMovie, Videoshop allows you to record video clips from within the app, or simply import them from your camera roll. Once your preferred files are imported into the app, you can cut them up into multiple clips, merge various clips into one video, add narration and text, and many other capabilities!


As soon as you're happy with your compilation, the app allows you to add filters and themes to the completed video, as well as give the video a title before exporting it. Again, just as you would with iMovie, Videoshop allows you to export your video to Dropbox, Photos or directly share it onto platforms like Vimeo, Instagram, YouTube and many other social networks.

Download Videoshop from App Store ($1.99, has in-app purchases)

5) Splice

When it was first released, this app was called, "one of the best video editors for iPhones" by Lifehacker. We know what you're thinking, and we agree that this was a massive claim at the time, but it makes sense when you consider who the app was developed by.


None other than the makers of the famed adventure camera, "GoPro". Nowadays, the app continues to make editing easier for people who are new to mobile editing. It has a clip editor which trims videos with the utmost precision while allowing the user to add text overlays and music from their phone — or any other sound effects to be honest. These clips are referred to by the app as "Hilights".

You can add transitions between highlights and additional effects like crop etc. Once the Hilight is complete, you can share your video on various social media platforms as well as YouTube and Instagram.

The best part? It's free!

Download Splice from the App Store (Free)

At the end of the day...

A lot of the creative functions that used to be exclusively reserved for desktops and laptops are being taken over by iPads and iPhones, and users never have to worry about where the videos are stored (or remember the folder names).

Video editing on your iPhone these days is intuitive, quick and easy.

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