7 Free Smartphone Apps for Easy Video Editing for the World of 8 Billion Video Contest

Hand holding smartphone taking photo of lakeAccess to many classroom resources is limited for many communities, and we want to highlight and encourage ways students can use a smartphone to easily create a video for the World of 8 Billion video contest. Below is a list of free editing and video making apps that can help create an effective 60-second video.

We also want to emphasize that the content of the video is more important to our judges than slick production quality. That means having accurate and quality facts and a good solution is more important than fancy graphics or advanced filmmaking techniques (although those are certainly appreciated!). The Judging Rubric reflects this and weighs content more heavily than production value.

First, students can review these Tips for Your Video Entry, which covers the contest rules and steps for getting started. Then, once students are ready to put their video idea to action, these free smartphone tools below can be used to edit and produce winning videos.

Easy-to-Use Video Apps and Filmmaking Software

The seven apps listed and linked below are free, fun, and easy-to-use on iOS/Apple and Android devices. We’ve also included links to some tutorials and FAQs that are sure to be helpful. Some of the apps’ free versions or free trials will leave a company watermark (that logo on the screen) on your video. This is not a problem, and video submissions with a watermark will be accepted.

1. FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo is an all-in-one video editing app for iOS and Android that lets you trim, arrange, and cut footage while adding fun filters, fonts, and sound effects. You can also adjust audio speeds, add voiceovers, and upload music or choose from their library. They have a helpful FAQ section organized based on your device: Android or iOS.

2. TikTok

We know you’ve heard of TikTok! With so many video editing features, creative effects, and cool transitions, this is the app for creative expression and sharing. However, keep in mind that any music used in your video must be royalty-free. To learn more about how TikTok uses licensed music and the legality around this issue check out this blog.

3. Adobe Spark Video

Adobe Spark Video is free online and mobile video editing software lets you combine video clips and photos with narration and music to create polished and engaging videos. Spark Video is available on the web using any browser and as an app on iPhones or iPad. All you need is an email address to start an account, and then you’ll be ready to make sparks fly. Check out this page for details on how to use the software.

4. VideoShow

Great for editing vlogs, VideoShow is an all-in-one Android and iOS app that is great for making videos where you’re speaking directly at the camera, and want to add some flair to your PSA. There’s a 1-month free trial version available.

5. FlipaClip

Easily draw and animate 2D videos on your iOS or Android device using FlipaClip, while adding music and other touches too. You can also download and install the software on Mac, Windows, and PC devices.

6. iMovie

iMovie is a simple and easy video production program available as an iOS app, and also on Apple computers. It has an intuitive interface and user-friendly menus that let you find what you want and need to produce your video. These pages give you written instructions: from Apple and from WikiHow. This video tutorial is another way to learn about this program: Full iMovie Tutorial for Beginners

7. WeVideo

WeVideo is an all-in-one editing app for iOS and Android allows you to add, trim, and arrange your video clips and photos, while adding text, voiceovers, and other effects. It also allows direct uploading to YouTube and other channels. The free version includes a library of royalty-free music to use for a soundtrack.


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