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Vlogging is as popular as ever and, although most people still associate video production with sitting down at their computer, the power of modern smartphones means that recording and editing your vlog on the go as never been so easy! Here I want to share with you the top video editing and vlogging apps that you could use to get your message out to your audience!

I specialize in a purpose-driven content strategy. I work with people who want to accelerate the impact of their work with authentic and genuine content. In my opinion – nothing does this better than getting your face and message out to the right people!

If you like this check out my other posts on vlogging with your smartphone:

The best vlogging microphones for android

The best vlogging apps for iPhone

Microphones for vlogging – top 10!

The two excuses stopping people from vlogging

When I work with professionals there’s a huge range of reasons why they don’t want to or feel like they can’t produce video content. It often comes down to one of two reasons:

  1. Imposter syndrome – feeling like they have nothing of value to add or that people will think they are a fraud!
  2. Technical capabilities – This comes in a couple of flavors. The first being that people believe they lack the skills to edit their content. The second is that they “don’t have the time” to edit content.

The truth is that both of these issues are easily overcome once you align your purpose with your content strategy.

Creating content to progress your purpose is the best killer of imposter syndrome. As your thought process goes from “why would anyone believe me” to “it’s another more opportunity to help people”.

And then, the technical capabilities are easier to acquire than ever before. Check out my recommended tools for vlog editing. If these services are still too expensive there’s a wide range of apps that you can use to produce your vlogs and video content.

These apps will allow you to produce video content with just your smartphone. But be warned – the message is the most important parts of the video not how fancy you can make it look!

My top 5 apps for producing vlog content

Here are the best vlogging apps and the features that are important for vlogging!

# 1 InShot (Android and iOS)

Price: Free with paid advanced features

vlogging apps - Inshot

InShot is a really popular app for video editing on your phone or android device. It has an amazing 4.8-star rating out of over 4 million reviews – you know that this is going to be good!

It has a tonne of features that could be overwhelming for a first time user if it wasn’t for its slick interface.

Features:

Video Trimmer & Video Cutter & Video Splitter
* Trim and cut video. Pro video trimmer & cutter and video crop app.
* Split videos into two parts, Multi-split videos into several clips.
* Crop video and Export it in HD quality. Easy-to-use free movie maker & vertical pro video editor for YouTube.

Video Merger & Video Joiner
Merge multiple clips into one. It is a free video maker for YouTube, Instagram,Musical.ly,Tik Tok etc. helps split, trim & cut video, combine and compress video without losing quality. No crop app for Instagram & Whatsapp.

Music, Sound effects & Recorder
* Add InShot featured free music, Vlog music or your own music.
* Add your own voice to your video, like a recorder.
* Adjust music volume and music fade in/out option.
* Video making application with Vlog music. Adding music to video like Vinkle.

Video Filters and Video Effects
* Add movie style video filters and full effects such as Glitch effect, stop motion, Old TV, RGB, ect.
* Adjust video brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. Customized video filters and video effects.

Text & Sticker
* Add text on video, many fonts for the text editing.
* Add animated stickers and emoji. 1000+ stickers!
* Add custom memes and images.

Video Speed Control
* Adjust video speed with video filters and video effects. Fast/Slow motion full screen video maker and free video trimmer and movie maker app.
* Speed up videos or add slow motion.

Video Converter & Photo Slideshow Maker
* Easily convert video to MP4 format. Free video cutter app.
Photo slideshow maker, merge photos to create slideshow with music.
* Mix photos with videos, add custom photo cover for video.

Video Cropper
* Crop video in any ratios. Powerful movie maker and pro video editor for YouTube, Instagram, Musical.ly, Tik Tok etc. Best video crop app and video editing app.
* Crop video to remove watermark or any unwanted part.
* Zoom in/out video.

Flip & Rotate Video
* Rotate video by 90 degree.
* Flip video up to down or left to right.
* Fast rotate video tools for video editing.

Video Ratio & Video Background
* Fit your video in any Aspect Ratio. Easy-to-use instagram video editor and Tik Tok editor.
* Add different borders and no crop. Background color and video blur editor.


#2 FilmoraGo (iOS + Android)

Price: Free with paid advanced features

Vlogging apps - Filmora Go

I have personally used this app for my film editing and found it very easy to use. It has a 4.2 rating on the Google Play store.

There is a huge variety of options and themes that you can apply to your video. Personally, I feel like they are a bit tacky and have never used the themes.

If you are looking for a powerhouse editor you’d be silly not to consider FilmoraGo

Features

Mix PHOTO & VIDEO: Fully featured video studio right in your pocket
• Import photo and video clips
• Preview clips in Real-time
• Supports imports from social networking like Facebook and Instagram

ONE CLICK AMAZINGNESS: Awesome template and effects with a Touch
• Choose from stylish themes of FilmoraGo

MUSIC: Find The Perfect Soundtrack or start lip syncing!
• Add music from FilmoraGo’s library of licensed songs
• Use music from your own device

EXPORTED TO FIT POPULAR RATIOS
• Square: most popular 1:1 for Instagram
• Cinema: classic 16:9 for Youtube

ALL-IN-ONE VIDEO EDITOR
• Play in reverse: create reverse video that looks like a magic trick.
• Slow down & Speed up: create Multiple Fast or Slow Motions in the Same Video! 
• Transitions: classic transitions such as Dissolve, Wipe, Split, Shutter and Zoom out to combine multiple pictures and videos seamlessly 
• Overlays & Filters: surprise your friends with sensational movie effects created from your videos and photos
• Text & Titles: create beautiful animated messages with the help of our text & titles library,and you can customize the color, size and position
• Elements: take your video to the next level by adding impressive Still and Motion Graphics.
• All editing operations can be instantly previewed in WYSIWYG way

PROFESSIONAL EDITING TOOLS
• Reverse play, Trim by Duration, Slow/Fast motion editor, Duplicate, Mute, Rotate, Delete 

MORE FREE MATERIALS TO DOWNLOAD
• Including Themes, Transitions, Music, Filters, Overlays, Elements, Titles

SAVE AND SHARE
• Export HD videos to your gallery at any time
• Share your works of art to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Vimeo, Tumblr and Email etc.

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE SUPPORT
• FilmoraGo offers support in: English, German, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Nederland, Arabic,and Chinese (Traditional and simplified)


#3 Magisto (Android and iOS)

Price: Free + Pro edition

vloggin apps Magisto

Magisto claims to be a smart video editor and is focused on sales and the business world – potentially product marketing and that sort of stuff. It has a rating of 3.8 on the Play Store from about 1 million reviews. It seems like the app received a lot of praise early on but now struggles with bad reviews.

However, it is still worth noting that the smart component of Magisto may still make this a better option for you. The stock templates and assets don’t seem as lame either!

Features

Grab attention on social media by transforming your photos and clips into eye-catching movies: birthday, wedding, selfie, baby, pet and more …

Grow your business (small / home office): real estate, automotive, sports & fitness, travel, music and more …
With Magisto, you can increase brand awareness, lead generation and sales

Become a Video ‘Superhero’ – Magisto’s intelligent editor is powered by A.I. (artificial intelligence) which makes it ‘smart’ and turns editing semi-automatic. It transforms you into a movie making ‘superhero’. Designed as your 24/7 personal movie editor, Magisto combines clips, photos, music, text, effects and filters to help you tell your story.
No video clips on your phone? No problem. Magisto smart movie maker can help you create a collage or slideshow with music that feels like a true movie using only photos.

Use Magisto Video Editor – Music Slideshow, Collage & Movie Maker to create outstanding videos in just 3 Easy Steps:
1. Choose a Smart Editing Style – pick a style that fits your needs and the story you want to tell. Magisto can make a photo slideshow with music, video collage and full blown produced video. Styles can also help Magisto understand your use case from birthday or wedding to marketing on social media or even creating ads
2. Choose Video Clips & Photos – select photos and clips from your gallery or Google Drive™ storage for editing
3. Choose Music – Magisto has a library of commercially licensed songs from rock to cinematic. You can even use your personal music collection

Share your content on social media in a tap: easily share your ‘superhero’, head turning videos in one tap directly from Magisto to different social media sites and apps, email, messaging, websites, & blogs.


#4 Quik (Android and iOS)

Price: Free

vlogging apps - Quik

The Quik app is designed to work well with GoPro which is perfect if that is the camera you use for vlogging on the go!

This app has a 4.7-star rating on the Play store from 1.2 million reviews. It seems to be well-liked by its users and has cornered a section of the market with its compatibility with GoPro cameras for vlogging.

Features

ADD YOUR PHOTOS + VIDEOS 
+ Add up to 75 photos and video clips from your Gallery, Albums, Google Photos, Dropbox, GoPro Plus or GoPro Quik Key. Quik even works with Motion Photos.
+ Quik gets data from your GoPro footage (smile [1], faces [2], voices, cheering, speed, jumps, water, panoramic and steady footage [3]) and analyzes your videos to select great moments. It detects faces and colors to frame each photo perfectly. Adjust the layout or interest point manually. 
+ Want to select your own moments? Use HiLights to tag the best footage. 

CHOOSE YOUR THEME 
+ Choose from 23 themes, each with transitions and graphics designed for any occasion.
+ Adjust the font, filters and graphics to fit your style.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR VIDEO 
+ Easily reorder, trim and rotate photos and video clips. 
+ Personalize your story with text overlays and title slides. You can even add emojis 🙂
+ Let Quik do its magic with Smart Cuts or use full video clips. 
+ Speed up footage or play it in Slo-Mo.
+ Add GPS Stickers to show how fast you were going. [4]
+ Quik automatically turns on the audio when it detects voices.
+ Choose cinema, square or portrait formatting for easy sharing on Instagram or Snapchat.
+ Set a duration for photos and titles – Quik adjusts the cuts and transitions automatically.

PICK THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK 
+ Choose from more than 100 free songs or use a song from your own collection. Quik supports MP3, M4A, MP4, MOV, AAC, FLAC, AIFF and WAV.
+ Start your soundtrack at any point in the song.
+ Quik automatically syncs transitions to the beat of the music.

SAVE + SHARE YOUR VIDEO
+ Save videos in gorgeous HD 1080p or 720p—even in buttery-smooth 60 fps. 
+ Share to Instagram, Facebook and more, or send a private Quik link via text or email.
+ With GoPro Plus, your shared videos are saved as Shared Links in your Plus account. [5]
+ Need more time to edit? Save projects as drafts and Quik will keep them for 7 days.

VIDEOS MADE FOR YOU
+ Relive the day with Flashbacks 24H—ready-to-watch videos of your adventures created from your last 24 hours of footage.

QUIKSTORIES
+ Quik works with the GoPro App to bring you QuikStories—awesome videos made automatically with media shot within the last 72 hours. [6]


#5 Vlogit (iOS and Android)

Price: Free with pro features

vlogging apps - Vlogit

This app is made by the company that has brought you FilmoraGo. Except this app is specifically for vlogging! It has a 4.1-star review from only 25,000 reviews so far.

It is a relatively new player in the app game and so it still has a number of issues that they are trying to work out.

I love the fact that this app is refining features specifically for vlogging and will be one to watch as vlogging becomes more and more popular!

Features

COMBINE PHOTOS & VIDEOS
• You can shoot new videos with the app or import existing videos & photos
• Trim clips easily and see an instant preview of your video
• Import videos and photos from your social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and Google

CUSTOM OPENERS
• Create an amazing video intro using an animated template quickly and easily

SOCIAL STICKERS
• Vlogit’s social stickers and emojis will help you stand out and attract more subscribers

EYE-CATCHING THUMBNAILS
• Capture and edit snapshots to create custom YouTube thumbnails 
• Enrich your chosen snapshot with text, stickers and drawing tools

ADD MUSIC, SOUND EFFECTS, & VOICE OVERS
• Record yourself and add voice overs to your movies 
• Create a soundtrack using Vlogit’s built-in music library and songs from your device 
• Spice up your video with fun sound effects

PROFESSIONAL CLIP EDITING TOOLS
• Easily trim, split, merge, and duplicate photos and video clips
• Snapshot, crop, rotate, volume control, and Ken Burns tools

VIDEO EFFECTS
• Text: dynamic text effects. You can edit the color, size, font, and even animation of your text
• PIP: layer multiple images and video clips using the Picture in Picture track
• Speed Controls: create slow motion or fast motion time lapse clips
• Transitions: apply a transition style and control its speed
• Reverse: flip your clips and play them backwards
• Filters: change the colors of your videos using filters
• Any changes you make can be previewed in real time

Vlogging is more than fancy editing! How to structure your video

Even though we have covered the vlogging apps that you could use to record your vlog – that is not the most important thing!

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Here are the things you should include in your vlog to make sure that you are being valuable to your audience!

The topic or theme

Each video should only be about one idea or concept. For content ideas, you can look at recent news and popular topics on a question and answer sites such as Quora and Reddit (look for a subreddit in your specialty). I’ve had huge success in using Anser the public and I talked about this in one of my LinkedIn vlogs:

The hook

The hook is the one reason someone would watch the video and should be an unresolved question or statement that provides intrigue.

This will be the first 5 seconds of your video. You can choose to have a title slide with the hook written on it but is best if it is a piece to camera. Look at the problems that your customers are facing for inspiration.

The problem you are solving

This is linked to the hook and topic but being crystal clear on the problem that you are talking about in the video will help when you come to record. Can the problem be broken down into smaller problems that would make a better, more focused, video?

Solution or question

This is where you’d be able to share your expertise to answer the question. I’ve also had great success by asking a question to my audience.

Call to action

Every video needs a call to action – this is where you ask the audience to do something like, comment to let you know that they think, hit the like button…keep the request simple and limited to a request that can be performed on the platform you are using – this will drive engagement and provide a boost to your video reach.

If you want a full toolkit on how to get started check out my FREE download here!

The final word

Here are the vlogging apps and the tricks you can use to make your vlogs awesome. Remember that these are only tools and if you want help connecting with your audience I can help you!

Contact me and make sure you are being valuable to your audience!