When it comes to creating simple, engaging videos for social platforms and websites, there are literally dozens of apps to choose from. Here are some of our top recommendations.
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Quik can produce sophisticated video stories. You can choose from a wide range of themes, add captions, and also add music – either from the app’s extensive royalty-free music library, with transitions timed to the beat of your chosen track – or from your own sources via direct download or cloud servers such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
Here’s a Quik example shot by our manual’s contributors Chow How Ban and Thasong Asvasena inside a Thai temple during a traditional hammer massage.
Another example is this photo montage about an abandoned area of an Algerian city being turned into a public garden by local residents. The video, created by Radio Saida journalists using Quik, had more than a quarter of a million views within a week of posting in March 2018.
You can also add a voiceover to a Quik video if you import it via ‘My Music’. And you can save your video in square, landscape or portrait aspect ratios.
The full user guide is here, and this short tutorial will get you started.
If you own an iPhone, one of the most popular apps for creating simple videos is iMovie. For online video, it is a quick, efficient editing app. Watch the following tutorial to understand all its functions.
While the titles are limited in iMovie, and captions aren’t available, you can add these later in a different app – like Gravie or DIY Subtitle.
Quik and iMovie are great apps to get you started, and they’re both free. But there are lots of other apps to explore – many of which are also free or inexpensive – to give exactly the look you need for your video.
Android: Movie Maker
In this simple editing section of the Manual, we’ve touched on just a handful of apps. There’s more information and a download link for every app in our ‘Mojo Manual – All the Apps‘ section.