Editing videos became a pastime of mine when I was in middle school. My best friend would come over and we would spend our time filming and putting the footage together on my old laptop’s iMovie. We created comedy sketches, choreographed dances to songs like Whip My Hair, and created our own mini-alien abduction movies. Even when our acting was awful and our choreography was subpar, watching the videos always brought us both an indescribable amount of joy.
Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate a number of video editing programmes:
iMovie for iPhone
Fast forward a few years and I found myself editing videos but this time on my iPhone. Although iMovie was still my go-to editing platform, having it on my phone changed things. I was able to edit videos quickly and easily on-the-go. It made the experience that much more fun! This time around I could start adding in music from my iTunes library and began understanding transitions and other editing techniques. It led me down the path of shooting clips everywhere I went and turning mundane moments into something more.
The iPhone has transformed the tech industry since it debuted in 2007. People started conducting business on their phones, listening to music on their way to work, and were able to keep in contact with their friends and families anywhere in the world. When it comes to video editing the iPhone has made the entire process accessible and easier to understand. People started to shoot and create feature-length films on their iPhones. Look at Tangerine and Unsane, films that spoke to audiences and made waves… these were brought to life with a pocket-sized device!
8mm Vintage Camera
After using iMovie for a while I wanted to try new apps. This led me to find an array of apps such as 8mm Vintage Camera, PICFX, and SloPro. Those apps were out around the same time I was turning to my phone to learn photo editing techniques as well. I remember being blown away by what the apps could do. I could take a video during a car ride, put it into 8mm Vintage Camera, and suddenly it looked like the clip was taken on a film camera. It also allowed me to add retro 70s or classic 1920s vibes to video clips. Sometimes a video just looks better with a vintage touch.
One of my favorite video editing apps, InShot enables me to edit a full project within the app. I have been loving it the past year and a half or so. It allows you to edit videos, photos and create collages but the video part is what I like to use most. When you upload clips you can drag them around in whatever order you want, it’s easy to change the background color, and you can fit the clips ratio to apps such as Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
There’s also the ability to add text, stickers, filters, and freeze frames. You truly have so much room to play around in the app until you get a finished product you’re proud of. I also can’t mention InShot without giving a shout out to the great, free music selection it gives. Think of all the intro and transition music you hear in your favorite YouTuber’s videos, InShot has it all.
During quarantine, I’ve found myself passing the time by editing video after video in the app. I recreated Disney World and Universal Studio’s commercials using my own footage, created an homage to my college years, and put together quarantine reflection videos. The app has been serving as a creative release but also a therapeutic place for me to look back on great memories. Other video editing apps such as Clips, Intro Lite, and Magisto have come in handy as well.
I couldn’t write a piece on video editing without mentioning Adobe Premiere. Although I use Adobe solely on my laptop there is an option to have it on your phone via the Premiere Rush app. I remember in college when I had my first real class on video editing. My professor walked us through Adobe Premiere and taught us how to put the clips together, use cool effects, and edit sound.
Throughout my college career, I would take videos on my phone or DSLR and edit them together in Premiere. It honestly made me feel like an amateur filmmaker and it was exciting to learn those new tools. Learning Premiere has given me the chance to not only edit videos for fun but gain valuable skills to edit video on a larger scale. I still turn to Premiere when I have more clips than I know what to do with and an idea for a video in my head.
Although video editing can seem overwhelming or intimidating at first give yourself room to dive-in, explore, and learn new things along the way. You won’t regret it.