Summer is a great time to play with and explore new software and hardware. Most educators have a more flexible summer schedule and can devote time to bigger projects. Many of my colleagues have expressed a desire to have their students produce movie projects (see my post – “Student Documentaries in History Class“). Often, they are concerned about learning how to make a movie – that it will be complicated and they will be expected to teach new software on top of their established curriculum. However, most movie editing tools are intuitive and the best way to learn is by doing! If you have some free time this summer, it can be a great opportunity for you to learn how to play with one of these great tools and plan how to incorporate it next school year.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, here are five great movie editing apps to help you become a star director. Special thanks to my friend, photographer Christian Santiago of Solar Highway Productions for his suggestions!
iMovie ($4.99, Free with New Devices) – Apple’s iMovie is the traditional video editor for iOS devices. It’s easy to use and designed for beginners yet with enough cool features to let you develop some mad editing skills!
Videograde ($4.99) – This app allows you to easily edit and enhance the colors of your videos and export them in beautiful HD.
Magistro (Free, in-app purchases and premium upgrade) – A photo editor combined with a video editor, Magistro lets you easily create impressive, professional looking video. The premium upgrade allows you cloud storage and online editing capabilities.
Cute Cut (Free) – Not only does this support traditional movie making, but it allows you to add some cool features like drawing and picture in picture capabilities!
Vizzywig ($29.99) – At nearly $30, Vizzywig has the highest price tag. However, it also has some of the greatest tools and features that are offered on high end video editing software like Adobe Premier. If you feel like you’ve gone as far as you can with a basic layman’s video editing tool, then Vizzywig is a great intermediate step!