One of the most common functions of computers today for families is the ability to edit video. In the effort to really explore the current capabilities of Android I’ve tried to accomplish this task using only apps available from the Play Store and the Movie Maker on my Asus Transformer Infinity Pad.
Here is the original video I took in Saigon the other day. It is just a silly balloon snake moving in the wind. I used my Galaxy S3 to record the video.
Here is the same video changed using apps on my Transformer Infinity.
I used three different apps to accomplish this but I think I only needed two of them.
VidTrim Pro – Used to make the video black and white. I later discovered that AndroVid Pro does the same thing.
AndroVid Pro – Used to slow the video down and remove the audio track so I could overlay the music. I think here is where the orientation was permanently changed to landscape. This would be bad if this was a video of people as they would be sideways. So that is something to think about for future video projects.
Movie Studio (this came with the Transformer Pad Infinity already installed) – With my slowed down silent black and white video I used the Movie Studio to add the music track and make the final export.
My first go with Android video editing taught me that for Android to really shine as a regular Joe’s technical companion we need more high end app developers. Of course there might be some obscure app that hasn’t got much attention or just came out that I missed. My research only yielded the popular ones so that is what I used.
I am taking a lot more footage on our current trip in Hanoi where I will attempt and even larger project with still photographs, overlays and video merged together together.
What I would like to see in ONE app:
1) video cropping: my videos from my Galaxy s3 are all portrait because that is how I have gotten used to holding the phone. There needs to be an app that will let me crop out a section to make it widescreen.
2) Multiple Audio Tracks: I would like to be able to overlay multiple audio tracks. A music track on top of a narration track for example.
3) Multiple Effects all in one app: Slow down, black and white, text overlays, color corrections all in one place would be very helpful.
4) Not in the cloud: One of the most popular apps is Magisto. I started to mess with it until it wanted me to make an account and send my videos to the cloud where they would work their magic. Maybe I’m just old fashioned but this really turned me off. I want to be able to do everything locally on my device.