YouTube Thursdays - Video Apps for Your Smartphones

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Video Recording and Editing Apps for cell phones.


The quality of cameras in our smart-phones has come a long way, baby. And since we generally have our cellphones with us, we are lucky to have such a great tech tool on-board. Especially for those unexpected moments when we stop to capture a sunset, or a rainbow, or wildlife. Stills and video. 


If you plan to take advantage of your cellphone camera, it’s worth your while to explore some of the apps out there that can really up your game.  They offer new tools with filters, options for quick editing, and more.  Here are some highly recommended apps we found for recording, editing, and sharing videos. 



For Android Users



VidTrim - This app gives you the basics. Trimming, merging, frame grabs, video effects….and converting options ( MP3 and MP4 files) Free,  or you can upgrade to the pro version for $2.99. This pro version gives you more options and you can add music to soundtracks to your videos. 


Camera  MX - This works best for simple stuff. You can even shoot in GIF mode. A built-in photo editor offers you the basics. Serious photographers and video bloggers will likely want to choose another option.  Free, or up to $1.99. 


Open Camera - This one  has some serious features, including manual camera controls, support for external microphones, HDR, exposure bracketing and more. The app is free, but there is a separate donation app if you want to support the developer. 



For iPhone Users 



Quik - GoPro Video Editor - Not just for GoPros. This sounds like a great option with the promise to edit like a pro, even if you aren’t good at editing. With this app, you get a variety of editing tools that are user friendly.  Free. 


Spark Camera - This is another video recording app for iPhones. What intrigues us is its ease of use. Once downloaded, you can quickly record one minute videos and break them down into clips for use on Instagram Stores and IGTV. Swiping up or down while recording lets you zoom in or out. Free, or $29.99 a year, $49.99 gives you a lifetime subscription to Pro Membership. 


iMovie - Apple’s iMovie remains one of the best video-making apps out there. 14 trailer templates come with impressive graphics, plus you can fine-tune to add your logo, etc. It’s easy to feel like a bonafide movie producer.  Plus there are ten video filters to transform your clips.  Free. 



Both Android and iPhone Users


Magisto -  If you really want an app to do most of the heavy lifting, this might be an option. You can make compelling videos in minutes using Magisto’s computerized video editor. .  Plans range from $4.99 monthly to $34.99/monthly. Here’s a link to one I liked…5 Reasons to Love Winter in Your Lakehouse


FilMic Pro - We recently purchased this app for both of our iPhones. It’s one of the top-rated video apps and is loaded with powerful features. And it’s user friendly too! We like the different recording mode settings. It also lets you shoot portrait, as well as landscape - good for Instagram and Facebook Stories.  $14.99 



Have you found a recording and editing app you like? Please feel free to share. 


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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Call or Text 360-608-4900

We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (38)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I ever start doing videos, I am certainly going to revisit your blog for a full tutorial on how to do it properly!

May 24, 2019 07:00 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thank you for putting together a list of aps for each phone type and adding costs as well as user notes.    I've bookmarked this handy post!     I have put together a few clips using imovie - once I got the hang of it it was pretty useful!

May 24, 2019 07:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your suggestions.

May 24, 2019 08:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb, once again great information for us here in the Rain.  I hope to reblog this down the road.


May 24, 2019 08:38 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, we are heading to the airport. Hope to be sharing some fun video from Alaska soon. 

May 24, 2019 08:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb and Bernie- I agree with Sheri Sperry - MCNE® there are so many apps out there it's hard to know which ones to choose. I'm going to look into these!

May 24, 2019 03:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thank you, Deb and Bernie,

I have downloaded some apps now I have to learn how to work with them.

May 24, 2019 05:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I may have to try out another one of your recommendations when I have some 'play time,' Debb! I use iMovie on my phone and on my computer and love it's ease of use. As always, thank you for putting this together and sharing your wealth of knowledge withus each week!

May 25, 2019 06:54 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I do have to get busy with my video marketing Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ( you prove it every week to me )

May 25, 2019 08:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                                  Thank you Debb and Bernie. 

May 25, 2019 07:13 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Been in Alaska, Kathy Streib - thanks so much for this...playing catch up. D

May 30, 2019 09:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as I'm trying to find some time to read and comment on some great posts. There are so many apps our there its nice to read about some tried and true ones so I'm book marking this post! Thank you, for as usual, a very informative post.

May 26, 2019 06:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
I love that you give options for Android AND iPhone users.  Some of the iPhone snobs just blow the rest of us off. 

May 26, 2019 07:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Never blow you off... :) 

May 30, 2019 09:23 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I hope you have a safe trip to Alaska. My son-in-law just interviewed for a job as a regional manager out of Alaska and he still wondering if he wants to move his family and resettle...

May 26, 2019 08:30 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - oh, does that mean they'd move from being close to you? If so, that's kind of tough.. D

May 30, 2019 09:22 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

May 27, 2019 07:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.


May 27, 2019 07:35 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions!  Good stuff.  Also enjoyed the Video "5 Reasons to Buy this House in the Winter" 

May 28, 2019 12:14 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve looked at one or two recent video apps that I might be using it soon enough just because they really are such a good tools.

May 30, 2019 10:08 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s also about just really really really being authentically yourself so that nobody can be like you but you can still be natural to you are.

Diana Dahlberg

May 30, 2019 10:11 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Just something to add, do you think I should get specifically an Apple iPhone for these apps even if some of them work on android and such?

May 30, 2019 10:13 PM
MasuduL Eric
Autaugaville, AL

Thanks you so much , the shareing topic  

Feb 17, 2021 09:49 PM