In the past, producing great video content meant having an expensive video camera and owning your own video editing suite installed on a fairly powerful desktop computer. Today, however, you can make videos with your iPhone or iPad. With nothing more than what you probably already have lying around you can capture, edit, add music and share your video content with the world without a ton of cash or a lot of training.
Many people who own an iPhone also like to capture video with it; and why not? It is usually within arm’s reach and capable of capturing 1080p resolution video, which is perfectly suitable for any sized high definition screen. (Disclaimer: We think that taking photos and video with an iPad looks silly, though we do use an iPad for a video production monitor.)
While many of the iOS apps we are going to cover in this article do “double duty,” meaning that they are capable of more than one function, these iPad and iPhone apps generally excel in just one or two primary functions:
- Apps that improve the built-in video camera and add in-camera effects
- Editing captured video footage
- Creating videos from pictures saved to your iPhone or iPad
- Adding Video effects and enhancements to edited video
- Apps for adding music to your videos
- Social sharing apps for mobile video
Don’t miss this related article: The 7 Secrets to Getting Professional Quality Video from Your Smartphone
Apps that Improve iOS Camera Functionality and In-camera Effects
While the camera on an iPhone and iPad is certainly good enough for most consumer video needs, its feature set and capabilities aren’t exactly on par with most capable video cameras. There are, however, several apps available that adds functions like digital zoom, stabilization and other lens effects while you shoot. Of the apps I reviewed, Top Camera was my favorite.
Top Camera 2 ($2.99)
I also tested and enjoyed Camera Genius ($2.99), Camera+ Pro ($1.99), iMajiCam2 (£ 0.69), 8mm Vintage Camera ($1.99) and VideoCam 3D (free).
Video Editing Apps for iPhones and iPads
To make GREAT videos with your iPhone or iPad you are probably going to want to at least do some light editing before screening the final movie with your friends or customers. Editing means that you are selecting, trimming and arranging video clips, adding in transitions, cleaning up the audio track and rendering the finished product into a digital file. Of the video editors I tried, I felt that the free version of Pinnacle Studio was perfect for me.
Pinnacle Studio ($2.99)
Other video editing apps deserving a noteworthy mention include Splice ($3.99), ReelDirector ($1.99), Video Editor+ ($ 1.99) and Video Edit ($2.99)
Creating Videos from Pictures Saved to Your iPhone or iPad
VideoPix: Video Frame Capture & Slow Motion Player ($0.99)
Other iOS apps for creating stunning slideshow videos from from photos saved to your mobile devices include Moving Photos ($1.99) and Fotoslides ($1.99).
iOS Apps for Adding Video Effects and Enhancements While Editing
Other after effects apps I recommend you check out include Videolicious (Free), Game Your Video ($1.99), Silent Film Director ($2.99), TiltShift Video ($1.99), VideoGrade Color Editor for Video ($4.99), Slowmo ($0.99), Gun Movie FX (Free) and Vibop ($1.99)
Adding Music to Your Mobile Videos
YouTube Capture (Free)
Sharing Your Finished Videos with Friends and Your Social Networks
Capshare Video Editor for Social Sharing (Free)
Other free software for social/sharing video apps include YouTube (Free), Vimeo (Free), Magisto Magical Video Editor (Free), Socialcam Video Camera (Free), Viddy (Free), HighlightCam Social Video Editor (Free) and Vyclone (Free)
With any of the above iOS mobile apps you can capture, edit, add effects and music with no more equipment than you most likely already own (or you probably wouldn’t be reading this article about iPad and iPhone apps). Now get out there and make videos with your iPhone or iPad like a professional!
And why not take that a step further and make some money while doing it? Become a video entrepreneur!
This article mainly focuses on different efficient video apps available for iOS devices – namely the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. We address apps for Android smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in another article
Do you have a favorite iPhone or iPad app for creating video content that you cannot live without? Tell us about them in the comments below!