Android App Review: Adobe Premiere Clip

Almost one year after Adobe released its iOS version of Premiere Clip, it’s Android brother is now available in Google Play. Premiere Clip is the toned-down mobile version of Adobe’s popular video editing software, Premiere Pro. This app also compliments Adobe’s other mobile applications.

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Extraordinary mobile video editing

Android users have a good number of options for video editing apps, and I’ve discussed some of my favorite apps. Despite the options, none of them were “perfect” in terms of features and abilities.


However, Adobe Premiere Clip brings mobile video editing closer to perfection. Additionally, since Premiere Clip is free, you can use some of the basic desktop features without cost.

Many professional filmmakers — including one of my favorite YouTube Creators, Devin Graham — use Adobe Premiere to edit their videos. Premiere Clip continues the high quality tradition on the mobile platform.

Adobe Premiere Clip is super simple to use, and requires little or no knowledge about video editing to create visually pleasing videos. I created this video from Thanksgiving images on my phone, as an example of how easy Premiere Clip is to use.

Premiere Clip has two modes, Automatic or Freeform, to help customize your video project.

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Freeform works much like traditional, manual video editing programs, while Automatic mode automatically (duh!) sequences the video. I used Automatic for my test video. The Automatic mode is very similar to Google Photos’ video creator program — add some photos and video, and let Google make some magic. Automatic is handy if you want to create a cool looking video very quickly.

Advanced mode is where the magic happens

Advanced (and probably novice) users will want to use the Freeform setting for video creation. This mode gives the user more robust trimming, clipping, and sequencing abilities.

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These functions are also available to a more limited extent in Automatic. But the entire point of Automatic is being lazy.

Advanced mode gives you four video settings — Fade in, Fade out, Crossfade, and Motion — that can add depth to your video.

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Motion is set on by default, but I found myself turning this off more times than not. If you’re not aware, Motion is sometimes known as the “Ken Burns effect,” where pictures “move” on the screen. It’s a dramatic effect that many movie makers love.

You may also customize some of the clip options, by adding titles or splitting the clip for more extensive editing — suppose you want to add a title to one portion of the clip, but not the other.

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And finally, if you need some music, Premiere Clip has an fairly extensive selection of default audio tracks.

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You can certainly add more, as you need.

It’s all fun and games until I try to flip my screen

Premiere Clip’s biggest flaw is the fact it’s portrait mode-only. This is fine for content creation, but seriously, Adobe, the locked mode only encourages more vertical videos.

Premiere Clip also only selects content from a limited number of places: the phone’s gallery, camera, Lightroom, or Creative Cloud.

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In most cases, this isn’t an issue. I expect that most users will want to edit their captured movies and photos, or add something impromptu. Additionally, Creative Cloud is a great storage location.

But I also expect that many novice users — since this is a free program — will also want to add content from other sources, like the cloud. In which case, I suspect Adobe wants to encourage Premiere Clip users to upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which will give users more extensive, and troublesome, video editing abilities.

If you want to create movies with Premiere Clip from pictures or videos stored in other spots, I suggest using the Creative Cloud desktop app to sync and share files. You can connect the clips you want to use in Premiere Clip, and you’re off to movie making stardom.

Adobe Premiere Clip is definitely for amateur videos

Although Adobe Premiere Clip carries the “Premiere” name, this app is definitely not as feature-filled as its desktop counterpart. That’s not totally surprising, unless you’re looking to skip away without paying full price. Premiere Clip is geared towards users who want to quickly create short, custom-looking videos, directly from their mobile devices.

For attorneys, I imagine using Adobe Premiere Clip to create special interest bites. Perhaps you’ll combine a couple sound bites (using this microphone), some images, and short titles into a “fluff” piece on how great your practice is. And then, after a small bit of editing, you’ll upload the video to YouTube — directly from Adobe Premiere Clip, by the way.

Certainly, if you’re looking for the best video editing software for Android, Adobe Premiere Clip is the answer.

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Jeff Taylor

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