For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.
Ask most Android enthusiasts and they’ll tell you the same thing: Video editing is an area of surprising weakness in the Android app ecosystem. There are plenty of utilities out there, but most of them range from “meh” to “terrible.”
At one point, Google itself seemed poised to fill the void: The company released its own native Android video editor, Movie Studio, with the launch of its Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform in 2011. But the app was almost immediately abandoned and is no longer even being shipped with new devices.
To be fair, Google’s native Android Gallery app does let you perform basic video trimming, and the company’s Google+-connected Photos app has a tool for adding music and premade themes to clips you’ve captured — but lots of people need something more robust.
That’s why we decided to dig in deep to the Google Play Store and come up with five solid options for editing videos on Android. One of them is actually quite polished and well-rounded, while the others offer more limited functionality with their own sets of perks.
Read on — and find out once and for all which Android video editor is right for you.
[[Note: Because this article was written in 2014, some of the information may be outdated. However, as of February 2015, all prices are current and all reviewed software is still available.]]
AndroVid is more of a toolbox than a formal video editor — but it’s simple to use and does several things well.
Once you open a video in AndroVid, you see a sliding list of options at the top of the screen. (You might not realize that the list slides at first — this isn’t exactly an award-winning user interface — but if you swipe your finger to the left, you’ll find more options awaiting.)
The options are fairly self-explanatory and work more or less as you’d expect: A Trim command lets you select a small segment of a video and get rid of the rest, a Split command lets you pick a point in the video at which it’ll be spliced into two separate pieces and a Grab command lets you select a single frame of the video to save as a still image.
AndroVid also presents an option for converting a video into an MP3 as well as one for adding a single music track into a clip. The latter isn’t terribly useful, though, as there’s no way to control where the music starts and stops within the clip or for how long it plays.
If you need to add text onto your video, AndroVid has a tool for that. Once you’ve selected the tool, all you do is type in your text and then use your finger to determine where on the screen it appears. You can adjust the size and color of the text, but there’s no way to create or import a full-screen graphic, and there are no animations or transitions.
AndroVid does have a decent range of one-touch filter effects for videos. A few of them are limited only to a $2 “Pro” version of the program, but the vast majority work within the free version.
And finally, AndroVid has options for rotating videos and converting them to a different size, format or quality.
This article originally appeared on https://www.computerworld.com/article/2488294/android-review-5-video-editing-apps-for-android.html