Best Free Video Editing Apps on Android: Edit Your Instagram Reels Now With Ease

Ever wondered how to edit videos on your smartphone for Instagram Reels? We have five different answers for you.

Best Free Video Editing Apps on Android: Edit Your Instagram Reels Now With Ease

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VivaCut allows you to add various animations to your videos.

Highlights
  • Motion Ninja has a very attractive UI
  • VivaCut lets you use their VFX library which includes trendy effects
  • Premiere Rush has a very easy to understand the timeline

One thing that is common right now is that everyone is bored sitting at home. And for entertainment, most people turn towards the photo-sharing platform Instagram. Instagram launched Reels back in 2019 and it rose to popularity because of its 30-second video span. Many people started uploading their videos to it hoping they would become the next social media sensation.

However, with creating content comes a lot of responsibility. Creators have to do most of the things by themselves, including writing the script, shooting the video and editing it as well. Now, not many have access to a modern laptop or a desktop PC, which is when people started turning to smartphone apps to edit their videos. There are tonnes of apps on the Google Play Store that edit videos that are social media-ready. And, in this article, we will take a look at the top five video editing apps that you can download for free.

1. Filmora Go

Filmora Go is a pretty well-known application in the video editing world. It even has a PC version which is just as easy to use as the mobile version. Filmora Go offers a wide variety of templates that users can choose from to create content that can look attractive on Instagram Reels or MX TakaTak. However, Filmora Go does not allow you to edit video templates entirely, which can be a dealbreaker for many users.

Users can easily import videos and choose their desired aspect ratio. Splicing and trimming of videos are pretty straightforward and nothing fancy. You can add text bubbles and a couple of filters that can change the way your video appears to the viewer.

2. VivaCut

VivaCut has a vast amount of VFX assets which makes it my favourite video editing application on this list. The VFX library consists of most of the trendy effects that have been well versed with the audience on Instagram Reels. You can of course import your choice of music or choose to extract one from your previous videos or any other video. Adding text bubbles and stickers is also very easy, even for a first time user.

The timeline is also pain sailing and any user can try their hand at it without having to seem like things are complicated. Users can also choose the frame rate of the video and its quality. They can also add various other videos or photos as an overlay which opens up the creative lock.

3. Action Director

Action Director is a close relative to Power Director. Both CyberLink products are almost similar when it comes to features. Trimming and slicing the videos and audio are pretty basic and nothing too tough for the average user. Users can choose their desired aspect ratio and if the video somehow does not fit the frame, users can choose the fit and fill option which uses Gaussian blur to fill up the frame while the first layer of video fills up the resolution.

Action Director's library has a lot of title animations that can be used as openers or lower thirds in your videos and gain that creative edge. It also has filters that can be added to your videos.

4. Motion Ninja

Motion Ninja has a very attractive UI and a very easy to use timeline which can help people understand how the workflow of the app can be. On the assets front, Motion Ninja also has a lot of good effects and filters. You can add various text titles and stickers as well to your video which can help make it more interactive. Some of the traditional transitions are also available which helps the app to be user-friendly.

Motion Ninja also has the trendy shake effect in its library, which still seems to be drifting into the Reels world. Motion Ninja also provides a wide array of music in its asset library. These audios can be used in your videos to help make them more soothing, and if you find any good music on it, you can even create some very good content by editing to the beat.

5. Adobe Premiere Rush

We are pretty sure everyone is already aware of this one, but we couldn't help but add this to our list as well. Premiere Rush kind of resembles Adobe Premiere Pro which makes things easier if you are already aware of its UI. Premiere Rush is straight to the point and editing videos on it is a delight. Premiere Rush has a lot of title animations that can be added to your videos and it even has transitions such as the watercolour transition. Users can also change the colours of the transitions. Premiere Rush allows the user to edit the audio file separately as well.

Which is your favourite free video editing app on Android? Let us know via the comments.


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Robin John is a video editor at Gadgets 360, who also loves to write about tech and to express his opinion on various aspects of technology. At work Robin is trying his best not to crash Premiere Pro, and once he is done with work, you can find him playing video games, or sports such as football and cricket. He's a geek who still sometimes misses the headphone jack. According to him, physical fingerprint sensor > in-display sensor. Got any feedback/tips? Write to robinj@ndtv.com ...More
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