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The Videographer's Toolkit

The Best Apps for Capturing and Creating Videos

With the days of the bulky camcorder behind us, more of us are shooting videos with the incredibly powerful video camera we carry in our pocket. Here is a list of apps that can help you capture and create amazing videos.

Apps for Capturing High Quality Video

Apple's native video camera app is great, but sometimes we crave more features. Here is a list of video camera apps with the extras you need to capture awesome videos

FiLMiC Pro

The gold standard of mobile video

FiLMiC Pro

This video capturing app is for those who desire complete control over their video shoot

FiLMiC Pro is a great way to capture amazing, high quality, full resolution video. With standard, manual and hybrid shooting modes, there is a shooting style for any skill level. The more you use this app, the more you are drawn in to experimenting with all of the more advanced features. If you find a combination of setting you like, you can save it as preset so it is always readily available to you. There is even support for the Apple Watch for remote start/stop and live video preview.

Why we love it

This app can be a bit intimidating at first, but luckily it has a fully automatic mode that can be used while you become more familiar with the advanced settings.

Musemage - Get that cinematic look

A complete all-in-one video app

Musemage - Get that cinematic look

For anyone who wants a complete app for recording and editing video

No matter what you're looking for when making a video, Musemage has your covered. It has the standard features that you would expect, including automatic or manual control and image stabilization, but there's so much more. Real-time effects include filters, HDR, tilt-shift, bokeh, blue screen, and beauty effects. It also includes a video editor that allows you to trim and join your videos, add filters and add music.

Why we love it

From capturing to editing video, this truly is an all-in-one video app.

ProMovie Recorder - 4K Video Camera+Manual Control

A full feature video camera with 4k resolution

ProMovie Recorder - 4K Video Camera+Manual Control

For those who want to record high quality video and have the option of full manual control

ProMovie Recorder allows the user to shoot amazing high quality video in 4k resolution (3k for iPhone 5s). With all the bells and whistles one can hope for, this is a must have app for anyone wanting to shoot high quality videos. You can either shoot in fully automatic mode, or take control over the focus, exposure, frame rate, color temperature, white balance and more.

Why we love it

If you're an amateur who just wants to open the app and start recording, or a pro who wants total control of each setting, this video camera app will reward with awesome results.

Add Fun and Flair with Video Filters and Effects

Whether you're looking to add something fun to your video or want to add some Hollywood quality cinematic feel to your masterpiece, these filters will help put the finishing touches on your film

Add some Hollywood Action FX

Are you an action movie buff? Want to create a movie with realistic explosions, or where you have superpowers or are being chased by dinosaurs? Let these apps put some amazing action movie FX in your flick.

Edit Your Videos Like a Professional

Now that you shot some amazing videos, it's time to pull them all together and polish them up. These apps give you powerful video editing tools in the palm of your hand.

Quik – GoPro Video Editor to edit clips with music

The must-have app for GoPro Hero 5 owners

Quik – GoPro Video Editor to edit clips with music

If you want awesome movies from your GoPro footage, this is the app to have on your iPhone

In this version, the developers at GoPro have added a feature that I'm sure many users have been begging for. The app will now create videos for you, based on the footage stored on your GoPro Hero 5 Of course, you have to have your Hero 5 linked up with your iPhone for this feature to work. Once you do, though, the app automatically downloads your video content and then scans it. When it finds video files that seem to go together, it stitches them into Flashbacks, automatically generated movies you can edit, save, or share. Of course, Quik is able to set a musical background to your videos. That was one of the key ideas of the original app, and it's still around in the latest version. You can also add in photos from your iPhone's Photo Library, along with beautiful transitions and effects. The app analyzes your selected soundtrack, and then synchronizes everything to the beat of the music. You can also add text, and then share the video easily with friends and family.

Why we love it

If it isn't good enough that Quik can generate movies automatically for you, you'll definitely love the editing features. You're able to do so much with your videos in Quik that it truly is a one-stop shop for creating movies to share. You can easily trim video clips when you need to, either manually or by letting the app intelligently determine the best beginning and ending points. Yes, rendering previews takes some time after you trim a clip, but not as much as you might assume. You can also add filters, text, sounds, and actions to your video clips within the movies. If you want to set a clip to play in slow motion, that's definitely a possibility. A number of filters allow you to create a particular mood within your movies. There honestly isn't much that Quik can't do, but the standout feature absolutely has to be the automatically generated movies. The app brings these together beautifully, creating video montages of your movies that are perfectly suitable for sharing as-is, but can still be expertly adjusted and edited.

VUE - video editor & movie maker

Nothing says short clips shot on iPhone can't look professional.

VUE - video editor & movie maker

So Much To Do

For those who want to capture moments in short videos.

With VUE, it's almost too easy to shoot videos that look more cinematic than your iPhone's average offerings. You can shoot anywhere from one to four clips that will all add up to six seconds long before making some quick edits. VUE allows for recording in 1-to-1, 16-to-9, and 2.39-to-1 aspect ratios and with a variety of filters that will enhance your video without being overkill. The app also includes some digital stabilization features that make clips more cinematic-looking than usual. After recording, you can tweak visual properties of your video such as brightness, contrast, temperature, and more, along with adding artistic stickers that include the date and time, weather, location, or an emoji image. Although stickers are often seen as childish and playful, these ones look very modern and mature. All in all, VUE makes it easy to add some quality to your short videos without much effort.

Why we love it

It's a free way to add some professionalism to the short videos you take on your iPhone. It's almost effortless. What's not to love?

Filmmaker Pro - Video Editor & Movie Maker

A full featured video editing and recording app

Filmmaker Pro - Video Editor & Movie Maker

Trim

For those who want an app to both capture and edit videos

This app has everything you need to create, edit and polish your video and create your masterpiece. Create stunning videos by combining gorgeous illustrations, text, animations, transitions, filters, audio tracks, voice overs, and much more. The amount of control over the transitions and text overlays is astounding. So many available combinations makes it easy to perfect your film.

Why we love it

This app is s packed with features, you just can't go wrong.

Want to adjust the speed of your videos? Try these apps for slow motion awesomeness!

The introduction of the iPhone 6 brought with it the ability to capture slow motion video, and it has been a big hit. These apps will allow you to get the most out of shooting in slow motion.