best apps for fancams

Your phone is the best, most convenient camera you have. You take a lot of pictures, and they’re all really good. But do you ever find that they just don’t capture what you want them to? They look too sterile, or too staged. They look like something out of a magazine ad, or like your mom took them.

That’s why we’ve decided to make a blog about the best apps for fancams! We’ll only be using our phones to shoot these photos, and we’ll only be using apps to edit them. You get candid shots with an airbrushed feel—your friends will be in awe of how real and lived-in your pics look.

The 10 best video editing apps for mobile

  1. Quik
  2. Adobe Premiere Clip
  3. Splice
  4. InShot
  5. KineMaster
  6. iMovie
  7. WeVideo
  8. PicPlayPost
  9. Vimeo Create
  10. FilmoraGol

1. Quik

Quik video editor

From the makers of the action camera GoPro, Quik is an app that was designed to edit video on the go. Simply capture your video, edit, and post. Quik makes it easy by searching your footage to find the best moments, automatically editing clips and adding transitions. You can also edit your footage manually if you want more control over the process.

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Features include:

  • Ability to add photos
  • Create time-lapse sequences
  • Access to 100-plus free songs
  • Automatically sync videos to music
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) editing assistance
  • Wide variety of text fonts and emojis


  • Users report that Quik can have glitches at times
  • Editing features aren’t as robust as other options

Available for iOS and Android

Price: Quik offers a free basic plan. Users can upgrade to GoPro Plus, which offers a larger music library and premium support, for $4.99 per month with a 30-day free trial.

Best for: Automated quick editing

2. Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Clip is a video-editing app with two modes. A fully automated mode trims and transforms clips in minutes on your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to post immediately. A fully customized mode lets you take more time to add personal touches, such as special overlay designs and sound effects. Adobe Premiere Clip also has a built-in music library to add a soundtrack.

Features include:

  • Drag and drop clips and photos
  • Adjust exposure, lighting and sound levels
  • Auto mix music volume during dialogue
  • Add titles, transitions and slow-motion effects
  • Adobe Creative Cloud support
  • Sync with other Adobe products


  • No vertical editing ability, which is important for portrait mode
  • Users report that the automated editing is poor quality

Available for iOS and Android

Price: Basic plan is free. Users can upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro for $20.99 per month, which includes cinematic color tools, flexibility with camera formats, video tutorials, and sound refinement.

Best for: Simplified mobile video editing

3. Splice

If you’re new to editing, Splice simplifies the process by offering an intuitive interface. As its name suggests, this tool helps you splice together clips to create a cohesive video with customizable transitions. The built-in music library makes adding a soundtrack easy. And Splice has high Apple Store ratings, which means users find it valuable.

Features include:

  • Trim and crop footage
  • Special effects, including animation
  • Your choice of title and transition styles
  • A free music and sound library
  • Sync your video to the beat of your soundtrack


  • Only available on iOS devices
  • Users report that it crashes often

Available for iOS

Price: Free

Best for: Combining multiple clips

4. InShot

If you want a simple video editor for creating Instagram Stories, InShot is an all-in-one tool. Easily trim your clips, change the speed of your footage and add filters. You can also rotate footage, a feature not all editing apps provide. Highly rated on Google Play, this app is a popular choice.

Features include:

  • Music, effects, and voice-over narrations
  • Text and emoji overlays
  • Video effects
  • Easily share videos
  • Blur the background


  • The free version includes ads and a watermark.
  • Users report that trimming videos on your smartphone can be tricky

Available for iOS and Android

Price: Basic plan is free. InShot also offers in-app purchases.

Best for: No frills editing for Instagram Stories

5. KineMaster

If you’re ready to move up to professional features, KineMaster offers a video-editing app that is more robust than some of the others. This tool allows you to edit frame by frame, for the most detailed results. Dial in to adjust color, brightness and video speed. You can also use up to 10 layers on your video, including animation effects and handwriting. While this tool offers maximum power, its intuitive interface makes it easy to use.

Features include:

  • More flexibility than other video editing apps
  • Special effects and music
  • Layer your video with text, graphics, images, recorded audio and handwriting
  • Green-screen support
  • Instant preview options


  • Free version includes watermark
  • Users report issues with exporting videos

Available for: iOS and Android

Price: Basic plan is free. Users can upgrade to the Pro Edition for $4.99 month.

Best for: Advanced video creators who want to edit on the go

6. iMovie

Apple users who are new at video creation and editing should consider starting with iMovie, an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface that’s easy to use. Quickly trim video clips, add music and record voiceover. iMovie comes preloaded on most iOS devices, which means you can get started right away.

Features include:

  • 4K resolution for cinema quality
  • Video effects and filters
  • Music, voiceovers, titles, and photos
  • TV- and movie-style templates
  • Green-screen capabilities


  • Limited features might frustrate experienced editors
  • Only available on Apple devices

Available for: iOS

Price: Free

Best for: Beginner iPhone and iPad video users

7. WeVideo

For video creators who want more editing functions, WeVideo offers all of the basic editing and then some. Trim clips, apply filters and add music, text, transitions and video effects. The app also offers premium plans with advanced features, such as a library with commercially licensed music and up to 4K resolution.

Features include:

  • Edit on any connected device
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • 1 GB of cloud storage for free plan
  • Choice of editing modes


  • Free version has limited functionality
  • Free version has watermarked videos

Available for iOS and Android

Price: Basic plan is free. Users can choose upgraded plans that start at $4.99 per month for access to a greater choice of royalty-free video clips, images, and music.

Best for: Experienced users who want to take their videos to the next level

8. PicPlayPost

Note: Website auto-plays music.

If you want to create video from pictures, PicPlayPost is an easy-to-use app that allows you to create automated slideshows and collages. Combine up to 365 photos, videos, and GIFs, and then upload a voiceover to explain the action or a soundtrack. You can also add custom watermarks and branded logos as well as custom backgrounds.

Features include:

  • MP4 audio
  • Customizable video output
  • The frame ratio for Instagram Stories
  • Adjust video speed
  • Split-screen transitions
  • How-to videos help you get started


  • Very basic editing; advanced features come with the paid upgrade
  • Limited music and fonts

Available for: iOS and Android

Price: Basic plan is free, with in-app purchases available

Best for: Business owners who want to share photos in video format

9. Vimeo Create

 If you want a free online video editor, Vimeo Create uses AI to automatically turn your existing product images and text into polished videos. Just answer a few questions about your product, add your footage and logo, and choose style customizations — Vimeo Create then automatically edits and makes your video. It even makes suggestions for colors, themes, music, and fonts (though you can also choose your own). 

Vimeo is a popular video software solution with over 200 million users, plus the app connects directly to your Shopify store so you can seamlessly publish your videos to your storefront, social media profiles, etc.

Features include:

  • More than 1000 templates to choose from
  • Brand your video with custom colors and logos
  • Professional auto-editing ability
  • Ability to share videos across marketing channels


  • Access to unlimited stock footage and commercially licensed music only available with upgraded subscription
  • Certain templates and editing options only available with upgrade

Available for: iOS and Android

Price: Free. Plus, Pro, and Business subscriptions start at $7.00 per month and offer access to a wider range of editing tools and templates. Vimeo Create’s free software is available online, no download required.

Best for: Professional-looking videos fast

10. FilmoraGo

If you want a free video-editing app for creating Instagram Stories, FilmoraGo is a comprehensive tool that covers all of your basic needs. Add music from its built-in library or use your own music. FilmoraGo also lets you add overlay themes, text and titles, and elements.

Features include:

  • Easily trim or split the video clip
  • Rotate and crop the video to match the ratio needed
  • Adjust the speed to play in slow motion or time lapse
  • Add voiceover or audio tracks
  • No limits or watermark

how to make fancams android

Once upon a time, the only way to master the fine art of video editing was to pack your things and move to Hollywood. And then computer software such as Final Cut Pro opened the door for young filmmakers to craft their masterpieces on a desktop.

Today, you don’t have to confine yourself to a desk. You can shoot and craft a mini-documentary within minutes from almost anywhere in the world using a video-editing app on your smartphone.

There are many free options at your disposal, including some that do most of the handiwork for you. You simply choose the clips, photos, and soundtrack from your phone’s archives and let them go to work.

Others let you make the sort of hands-on creative decisions once reserved for Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and other film legends.

Here’s what I learned when I recently tried four free video-editing apps.

Magisto (iOS and Android)

This app is among the easiest to use (even though the interface is a tad cluttered), and it generates videos that are fun to watch. You won’t be able to do many manual edits, though, unless you spring for the $10-per-month Magisto for Business.

To create a video with the free version, you follow this six-step process:

  1. Press the “Make a Video” button.
  2. Choose the clips and photos you want to include from the library on your phone.
  3. Choose one of the 25 editing styles.
  4. Select a song to serve as the soundtrack.
  5. Add a title.
  6. Click the “Make My Movie!” button.

Just like that, you have a video you can upload to your favorite social media site.  

Adobe Premiere Clip (iOS and Android)

The Adobe Premiere Clip app grants you more manual control than Magisto.

Once you open a project, you click on a plus icon and choose the clips, photos, and music you want to use. After that, you’re given two options: Automatic or Freeform. As the name implies, the first setting generates the video for you, syncing the pace of the footage to the beat of your soundtrack. If you’d like, you can then change the pacing, the soundtrack, or the order of the clips.

The Freeform setting allows you to trim the clips, add titles, apply filters, and adjust the volume. You can even slow the speed of individual video clips and edit them using slider controls marked Exposure, Highlights, and Shadows.

You can’t, however, speed up the clips. And you get only one way to transition from scene to scene: the Crossfade.

There is one nice extra, though. The app integrates well with Adobe’s feature-laden Premiere Pro CC computer software. That means you can transfer the file you edited with Premiere Clip to a laptop and import it into Premiere Pro for more detailed edits.

Apple iMovie (iOS)

iMovie lets you do even more granular edits. After placing your video, photos, and music clips onto a virtual timeline, you can easily expand or trim the length of each scene to achieve the effect you want. A wide selection of soundtracks and transition tools help you stitch things together. And the app offers cool Ken Burns-like animation effects to bring your photos and text to life.

Want to slowly zoom in on a telling detail in an old picture? No problem. Swiftly zoom out? You can do that, too.

In the iMovie’s Projects section, you can create a Hollywood-like trailer using one of 14 templates based on themes such as “Scary” and “Romance.”

And if you need help mastering the app’s tools, you simply click on the question mark at the top of almost every screen and it lights up with text explaining important features and settings.

When you’re finished with the edits, you store your project in the app’s Theater section. If you have an iCloud account, you can also stow it there for viewing on an Apple laptop or tablet.


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