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Top 15 Editing Apps for YouTube

By Editorial Staff

If you are in the market for a new video editing app, you have come to the right place! The creation of YouTube videos has never been as popular as it is today. Celebrities, influencers, and aspiring content creators alike post a variety of videos for the entertainment of YouTube users daily. YouTube has even come so far to become a career choice for many! Roughly 500 hours of content are posted on YouTube every six seconds. As the numbers continue to increase, so does the demand for videos. Video editing is no easy task. You must have a good video editing app in order to edit your video in a way that is appealing to YouTube users. In this blog, I will outline free video editing apps, editing apps with useful features, editing apps for simple editing, editing apps that are deemed the best, and editing apps that may seem too good to be true. Give one of these video editing apps for YouTube a try, your video might just go viral!  

Top 10 Editing Apps for YouTube

1. iMovie

iMovie is the best video editing app for iOS users. The app comes free with your iPhone! Don’t believe me? Check your home screen. In addition to being free, iMovie is easy to use, does not contain complex features, and has everything a good video edit requires. Originally launched in 2010, the latest versions of iMovie support 4k on all of the latest Mac devices, such as iPhones and iPads. Some useful features iMovie offers include the ability to save videos onto the iCloud drive, Apple TV streaming capabilities, easy integration of apple photos, mail and messages. This app is not necessarily for professional video editing but has everything you would need to edit short and simple videos. Many of your favorite influencers use iMovie as their go-to editing app! Are you looking to create a career on YouTube? Find out how you can get paid for the videos you post in our other article. 

2. Adobe Premiere Rush

Compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS, Adobe Premiere Rush is a versatile and easy-to-use editing app that has a lot of useful features. Premiere Rush was designed specifically for content creators who want a very quick processing of videos. The app is simple, making it perfect for someone new to video editing! The standard version of this app is free; however, purchasing the Premiere Pro upgrade will grant you access to new and innovative features. A few features Premiere Rush has to offer include exporting to various social media platforms, the ability to add and remove videos from your timeline, drag-and-drop feature, and many more. If you need a quick and simple editing app, look no further!

3. Headliner

Headliner is the go-to app for adding subtitles to your video. Subtitles are all the craze, as they allow viewers from all over the world to read and better understand the audio of any given video. Headliner makes it easy. Simply upload a video and let the app do the rest! It will generate subtitles, allowing you to add words to your video with ease. Some additional features this app’s offers include the ability to add GIF files and images to a video, the ability to customize text, and the ability to upload an article with the video captions! 

4. LumaFusion

LumaFusion is among the most professional video editing apps for iOS. It contains powerful features such as a straightforward interface and the ability to export directly to YouTube. Although it is not free, it is worth every penny! The app targets journalists, filmmakers, and content creators who live a busy schedule and require an editing app that is available on the go. Offering six video/audio tracks for narration, sound effects, insert/overwrite capability, keyframing, color correction, advanced title creation tools, and more! If you are always on the go and need a video editing app that allows you to work from virtually anywhere, give LumaFusion a try!

5. KineMaster Pro

KineMaster Pro is a professional video editing app for Android users. It is a top-notch editing app that supports multiple layers of video, image and text, and multi-track audio. It is known for being a feature-heavy editing app, as it offers video trimming, instant edit previews, volume envelope control, color LUT filters, speed control, chroma key compositing, 3D transitions and much more! It is free to download. But be warned, watermarks will be added to your videos unless you purchase a subscription. 

6. Apple Clips

Apple Clips is recommended for children and families, as it is free, fun, and not as serious as the professional editing apps. Apple Clips allows you to create and send video messages or craft video narratives with funny filters, animated text, and your favorite emojis! This app targets families, as it contains animated characters from Disney movies and Star Wars. A recent update of the app brought more diverse features to the table for Apple Clip users. Users can now share videos via AirDrop or email, create new songs in GarageBand, and use the new camcorder filter, giving your video a more retro look! This app is fun, family-friendly, and could just be your new go-to editing app!

7. Filmmaker Pro 

This pro-level video editing app is high tech and contains multiple unique features you didn’t even know you needed! Filmmaker Pro offers video grading, green screen support, 30 filters, 17 transitions, audiometer assisted voiceovers, over 200 fonts for text overlays, and much more! The app is free for download on iPhones, but you must complete in-app purchases in order to access some of the features. In addition, you must pay for a subscription in order to eliminate the watermark on your videos. Ultimately, if you are looking for a high-tech editing app, this is the one for you. Want to learn more about the power of technology influencing on YouTube? Check out our latest blog highlighting the top technology influencers on YouTube.

8. PowerDirector

PowerDirector is a moderately professional video editing app for Androids and Windows phones. It is a multi-track editor, allows you to export your videos straight to YouTube, and offers 4k support with in-app purchase. Many video editing experts have deemed PowerDirector the Android equivalent to iMovie! The app is known for its easy-to-use features, as it allows you to arrange and edit video clips on your timeline with ease. In addition, this Android editing app offers plenty of effects, music, voiceovers, photo collage makers, and slow-motion features. It is free, however, if you want to remove watermarks you must pay a one time fee of $5. For as cheap and easy-to-use as this Android video editing app is, I am impressed!

9. Splice

Looking for an iPhone video editing app for action footage? Look no further! Splice is an easy-to-use editing app for iOS that is free and for creators editing footage from action cameras. Splice started out as being an all-purpose video editing app, and although it continues to serve that purpose, it has evolved into the go-to action video editing app. Its format is similar to iMovie, allowing you to import and organize your videos, add effects, text, filters, and titles. It gives you the ability to lay down multiple audio tracks from your iTunes library, and even alter the speed! The best part is…it’s FREE! No ads, no watermarks, no catch. 

10. Blender

Blender is a 3D video editing app for Mac, known for its creative and innovative features. It contains all the essential necessary for creating an animation, such as modeling, rigging, shading, animation, UV unwrapping, 3D game creation, and much more. The high-end user interface allows for great YouTube video editing as well! Blender offers lightweight and flexible editing for free. Although this app may take some time to learn how to use, it is a dream for experienced video editors. 

Top 5 Free Video Editing Apps for YouTube

1. HitFilm Express

HitFilm Express is a free video editor app that can be upgraded but gets the job done if you prefer a free app. This app offers an uncluttered user interface, various customizable options, and frequent updates with app improvements! The more advanced capabilities such as chroma key and picture-in-picture come at a cost, however, the standard version of the app is sufficient for the average content creator. You can use HitFilm Express on Windows 10, Windows 8, and MacOS. Some of HitFilm Express’ best features include auto-save, shortcuts, default templates, mix and balance audio, unlimited video and audio tracks, and much more. The bottom line is that if you are looking for ways to ease your video editing, this is it! 

2. Clipchamp

Looking for a very quick and easy editing app? Look no further! Clipchamp is an online YouTube editor for simple videos and projects. It is entirely online. Therefore, no software download is required, the signup process is a breeze, and it allows for intuitive editing. Be warned that Clipchamp has no free stock files and exports to 480p only. In addition, this free editing app will not produce HD videos but it does export to MP4 and accepts audio, video and pictures. Some handy features Clipchamp has to offer include the ability to change video speed, cropping of video, ability to rotate and flip videos, filters for videos, fading effects for transitions, and many more! As if this app isn’t already amazing enough, it works will ALL operating systems. Because this editing app is online, anyone can utilize it! You can even sign in using your Facebook or Google account for an easier sign-in experience. What’s not to like? 

3. Adobe Premiere Clip

Some deem Adobe Premiere Clip the best editing app for YouTube, and they aren’t wrong! This free app offers features like no other. For instance, this app saves all progress, works on Android and iOS, and is very simple and easy to learn how to use. The app has many features useful for editing, such as uploading videos directly to YouTube, the ability to add a watermark, various video filters, the ability to create text slides, volume control, the ability to duplicate clips, the ability to adjust the exposure of videos, music, video fading capabilities, and so much more! This app is easy to use, and has everything you need to make your video go viral! For information about how to expand the audience of your videos, check out our latest blog on YouTube tags.

4. Lightworks

Lightworks is known to ease the difficulty of editing. The award-winning app is free, for the standard version at least. It is useful in that it allows you to upload directly to YouTube, offers free video trials, and lets you keep editing while rendering or exporting. This app runs on Windows, Linux, and Macs. Some features that make this app so handy are as follows: the ability to add your voice directly into the video, import in batches, export up to 720p, and publish your video directly to YouTube. Lightworks is unique in its drag-and-drop support feature, full-screen mode, custom layouts, unique transitions, video filters, and playback comparison. In addition, Lightworks offers free tutorials to help users better understand the app! Lightworks has it all!

5. FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo is a feature-heavy app that is sure to enhance your videos. Despite the many features it has to offer, it is surprisingly easy to use! The app is unlike the others in that it allows you to add your own voice directly from your phone, send videos directly to YouTube when finished, instantly apply a theme to the video, use your own music, include different transitions, import to Facebook, crop footage, blur and cut the edges of footage, overlay objects, add text titles, change speed, and adjust brightness, temperature, contrast and more. Are you impressed yet? It is impossible not to be, as FilmoraGo has several useful features, free add-ons, and the best part…NO ADS. This app is a dream come true for content creators! After you perfect your edit, learn about the influencer marketing tools that you can use to improve your video’s performance in our blog!

Want more of the top editing apps for YouTube? Here are some that didn’t make the cut: 

  •     Magisto
  •     Hyperlapse
  •     Wondershare
  •     InShot
  •     WeVideo
  •     PicPlayPost
  •     Shotcut
  •     VSDC Free Video Editor 
  •     Machete Video Editor Lite
  •     Avidemux
  •     VideoShow
  •     PowerDirector 
  •     Quik
  •     KineMaster
  •     VivaVideo

This article was written by Kyleigh Eaton

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