How to: Android Video Editing

When we’re talking about mobile video editing, iOS wins. Without question, Apple has established itself as the go-to source for high-end multimedia creation. Apple’s Final Cut Pro program is an outstanding video editing program for the Mac — Windows users have similar capabilities with Adobe Premiere — and it’s really hard for Android users to beat iMovie. If you’re looking for a way to edit video using your Android device, WeVideo and KineMaster – Pro Video Editor (free) are two options worth their cost, but still come with flaws.

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WeVideo

WeVideo is a great cloud-based video editing program, but also features the biggest disparity between their cloud functions and the Android app. For instance, the cloud editor allows you to format title images, add transitions, or raise and lower audio levels during a clip.

WeVideo Advance Timeline View

Unfortunately, the WeVideo Android app isn’t nearly as robust — I couldn’t even add an end title to my test project.

20 Second Timeline

In truth, I consider WeVideo’s Android app as more of a preparation platform, rather than a fully independent video editing application. WeVideo created a great tutorial that will give you a feel for using the Android app with the cloud editing program.

I advise that you use the SYNC ONLY function function for most of your videos when you publish your masterpiece.

WeVideo Publish Sync Only

Sync Only uploads the media to the WeVideo editing dashboard where you can finalize your movie by adding transitions and other elements. (Note: uncheck “DOWNLOAD TO Gallery” or you’ll have 2 copies of the published movie.)

Perhaps the biggest drawback for commercial users is WeVideo’s paid subscription model, which some users will think is too expensive — business plans start at $15 per month.

WeVideo Paid Plans

WeVideo offers a free account for personal use — yes, you need to register to use the site — that allows 720p exporting, but adds a “WeVideo” watermark to your videos. Obviously, if you’re going to use WeVideo to edit movies for your law firm, you should subscribe to a business plan.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of cloud-based editing, especially if you’re working with large media files, since you’ll need to transfer the files to the cloud before you can make any edits. Depending on internet speeds, one media transfer could take several hours — I tried uploading over 10GB of data to WeVideo and the process took over 12 hours. Additionally, many of the programs lack some of the more complex features that are available in desktop versions. However, I do like WeVideo over other cloud editing programs because of WeVideo’s advanced editing functions and the ability to edit videos on my Chromebook. There are drawbacks and benefits to any program.

I should mention that you could also import files from social sites such as Facebook, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

WeVideo import or upload

There is some delay when you’re importing the media files.

Finally, be aware that I couldn’t get the WeVideo app to work on my Nexus 5 running Android 5.0. If you’re intending to use your Android 5.0 phone or tablet to edit and set to music all of the pictures and videos of your kids, good luck. That problem might eliminate this app from your consideration.

Overall, WeVideo is a great go-to option for creating simple or more complex videos. There are a number of mid to upper level features in the browser-based app, and enough simple features in the app to create a fun video from your device.

In fact, here’s one I created to highlight our family’s awesome 2014.

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Disclaimer: I subscribe to WeVideo’s “Pro” plan.

KineMaster – Pro Video Editor

KineMaster – Pro Video Editor is a mobile-only option for simple drag-and-drop video editing.

I’m a big fan of KineMaster, especially if you want to keep your media files on your device. KineMaster advertises itself as a professional-grade video editing app, and you won’t be disappointed. I created a simple video for my YouTube channel (please subscribe; I’ll upload more videos here) by dragging and dropping pictures and video clips into the timeline editor.




KineMaster works well for novice or experienced users, and probably works best if you’re using your Android device a lot to create media content. Be warned though, I couldn’t use KineMaster to edit videos on my 7 or 10 inch tablets. Apparently, KineMaster is a phone-only program, which is discouraging since larger screens are much easier to work with.

Don’t be discouraged though, since the editing process is fairly straight-forward and the KineMaster app will walk you through most of the steps.

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I had some trouble exporting and uploading my video to YouTube — KineMaster said the upload was a success; it wasn’t — but that was my only real issue. And that wasn’t really a problem, because I simply downloaded my exported video to my phone and uploaded the video to YouTube.

I can only criticize the fact that you’ll need to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee to unlock the watermark-free export function.

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The price is fairly reasonable, especially if you don’t intend to create a lot of movies. And don’t forget that you can cancel these recurring Google Play subscriptions at any time. (Google Play will charge you full price again if you “renew” after cancelling.)

I should mention that when you export a movie, KineMaster will restrict usage on your device.

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I didn’t have an issue with my short movie — about 2 minutes to export — but I wonder how long you’d be tied up with longer videos.

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I wish either program offered a pay-per-movie plan — WeVideo once offered such a plan — but alas, the subscription model works out better for creators and the company. Whatever your choice, you’ll be happy with either video editing option.

Hopefully, now your marketing plan can include an awesome collaboration of how to videos.

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