1. Increase the resolution … or not
Owners of an iPhone 6S or an iPhone 6S Plus can record video images in glorious 4K (which is an image size of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels), and it is also supported on some flagship Android phones. However, it can take up quite a bit of space – around 375 MB per minute in your device's internal memory. For those cases where ultra high-definition viewing is not important, or if you do not have enough space, choose the resolution: search iOS for the Photos & camera option in Settings and on Android open the Settings panel in the stock Camera app.
2. Get creative with timelapse movies
You too can create one of those great looking timelapse videos that regularly pop up on YouTube, assuming you don't have to use your phone for a few hours. move. On the iPhone, you can find the timelapse mode by swiping the modes above the shutter button in the Camera app; on Android your options vary depending on your phone. Some handsets (such as the Samsung Galaxy S6) support timelapse mode out-of-the-box, but if your phone does not have it, you can use a third-party app, such as Framelapse or Lapse It, to do the work for you to do.
3. Invest in some extra kit
A whole range of kit is now available for the novice smartphone filmmaker: tripods, lenses (such as the Olloclip), microphones and more. From making sure audio is picked up correctly to broadening the field of view, these professional add-ons are more than just gimmicks and can make a real difference – if your phone is a popular flagship model (especially an iPhone), you have the best chance to find suitable accessories, but it is worth investigating what is available. Any existing photography kit that you have at hand (such as spots) can also be useful for your films. Kinemaster
4. Rotate and flip clips
Kinemaster is one of the most powerful and polished video editors that you can get for Android devices, and with a number of effects that you can apply to the clips in your timeline. Tap an individual clip, choose Rotate / Flip, and you can flip a specific portion of your footage or rotate it at 90-degree intervals: if you have somehow taken your video in the wrong direction or the wrong way (not that difficult) if you import from multiple devices), this feature can make everything look like it belongs in the same movie.
5. Creating picture-in-picture effects
Another area where Kinemaster excels is the use of photo, video and audio layers, allowing you to combine multiple files in the same frame – for use with photo-in-image effects, for example. Tap the Low button in the main dashboard, choose Video or Image (note that the first requires an in-app purchase) and you can place a new clip or photo on top of the existing images as an overlay. Stickers and text can also be inserted as extra layers, while the image-in-image effect is also available as one of the transition options in Kinemaster.
6. Adjust video colors
If you ever wanted to apply Instagram-style color filters to your video clips, you are lucky: that is exactly what Kinemaster allows you. Tap the relevant video clip on the timeline and then choose Color Filter to see what is being offered: a wide range of filters and color cast is available that can be applied with a tap. You can also select Color Filter in the previous menu and you get three sliders that allow you to directly change the brightness, contrast and saturation levels. If you are satisfied with how your images look, tap the check mark.
7. Pinch to crop your recordings
iMovie for the iPhone and iPad is designed to be as simple as possible to use (after all, you don't have a mouse and keyboard available), but one smart feature unique to the mobile apps is pinch-to-crop: using the established two-finger pinch technique you can zoom in on a clip that you have recorded and then cut out the external edges. Tap a clip in the timeline, tap the magnifying glass that appears, and then pan and zoom as desired around the current video frame (of course, the newest 4K formats give you many more pixels to work with).
8. Start on your phone, end on your laptop
In case you haven't noticed, Apple wants to make it as easy as possible for you to switch between iOS and Mac OS X for every task , from e-mail to photo editing. This philosophy also applies to iMovie, so you can start creating your movie masterpiece on an iPhone or iPad and then seamlessly export it to iMovie on OS X to complete the task: tap the Share button from the mobile iMovie app and then choose the AirDrop or iCloud Drive option. You can then use the desktop application to open it and continue editing.
9. Slowing down (or speeding up) scenes
Another useful feature in iMovie for iOS is the option to slow down or speed up certain clips. With one selected in the timeline, tap the speed adjustment icon (which looks like a car's speedometer) and then drag the slider accordingly – the app lets you go from 1 / 8x speed to 2x speed, and because it effect can be adjusted from clip to clip you can make some impressive results. To apply the effect to part of a clip, first split it into segments (tap the scissors icon to see the Split option).
10. Add a soundtrack
The impressive range of apps from WeVideo cover the web, Android and iOS and come with all the important features you would expect in a video editing program – including the ability to add add music to your clips. The right soundtrack can really make your road trip movie from good to great and with the WeVideo Android app you can place a song from the existing library or choose one of your own songs. Select one of your clips and tap the music note icon and then select a song from the displayed clips (or switch to the My Music tab).
11. Insert title cards
Title cards are another area where WeVideo proves its worth and you will see one for you at the start of every video project that you create in the Android app. Tap the title card to edit the text, and then use the theme button (which looks like a magic wand) to choose a style for your title cards that you want to apply throughout the project. The iOS version of WeVideo is not that advanced, but you can always export a basic project to the web app where all editing functions and file formats are available. Adobe Premiere Clip
12. Go hands-off with automatic projects
Clip is the stripped-down, mobile version of Adobe's heavyweight desktop video editing application and is available for both Android and iOS. One of the most useful features for casual filmmakers is the automatic mode that is optionally displayed when you create a new project and import some clips: choose automatically and the Clip app adjusts your images based on a song and speed chosen by you. It's the perfect halfway home between the unedited sharing of your unedited video and spending hours on every detail of the series.
13. Moving motion pictures
Clip also includes a more advanced freeform editor, and one of the available tools is Photo Motion: allows you to add pictures to your movies while you maintain a certain movement so that your project does not stop statically. Tap the gear icon at the top of the free form editing screen to open the project preferences and switch the Photo Motion to the position. Unfortunately you cannot control the zoom focus or speed, but your project will look smoother if you combine video clips and photos in the same timeline.
14. Tweak focus and exposure
If you are serious about mobile filming and have a few pounds to save, FiLMiC Pro is one of the most professional iOS movie apps available. You get access to a wealth of settings that most apps would not think of, including live focus and exposure settings: drag the focus cross (a square) or the exposure cross (a circle) around in the camera view to set these values based on part of the recording. The icons in the lower left lock these settings and prevent FiLMiC Pro from making adjustments immediately.
15. Tweak white balance and contrast
More options become available in FiLMiC Pro after you have recorded a certain scene on your smartphone. Tap the video clip icon to view your existing recordings, and then tap the slider to adjust the exposure, contrast, white balance, saturation and hue with simple sliders, viewing the results in real time. With the reset button on the left you can undo all your changes if you want to go back. With additional options on the same set of menus, you can crop and downsample clips as needed before they are ready to be exported to a video editor.
16. Video & # 39; s blur
Installing the VideoFX Live app is like placing a full editing package within the boundaries of your iPhone: from artistic titles to colored overlays, there's plenty to discover in the app. Some overlays and filters are aimed at a younger, social media savvy crowd, but there are many really useful ones too – such as the customizable blur tool that you could use for everything from a dream series to a pre-credits intro. The blurry effect is one of the many effects that you can get in the Cinema Pro Pack, a paid add-on for the app.
17. Adding flames and explosions
There are many ways you can use VIdeoFX Live on your iPhone, with green screen effects, frames that border on your video, etc., but the flame and explosion filters are some of the most dramatic tools. Via another premium add-on pack you can make flames rise from the base of the screen, or have sparks, ponies & phaser effects flash over the screen in line with the movement in the frame. Of course the end results are not as smooth as those produced by Hollywood studios & # 39; s, but they are very impressive for a cheap smartphone app.
Stop Motion Studio
18. Make your own stop motion animations
From Wallace and Gromit to Fantastic Mr. Fox, filmmakers continue to explore the potential of stop motion animation and you can emulate the professionals with Stop Motion Studio (available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone). The app has overlay and grid modes to get each of your frames perfectly aligned and everything can be compiled on your mobile device – you don't have to switch to a computer editor to complete your project. There is also an automatic mode in which pictures are taken at regular intervals, so you don't have to press the shutter button every time.
19. Adding green screen effects
Stop Motion Studio supports the use of green screen effects, a proven film technique in which a colored background (usually green, hence the name) is replaced by another image or video. By using a blank colored material behind your actors (real or cut from cardboard), it is possible to replace the background with a few taps with your finger. The only drawback is that the green screen feature is one of the premium paid add-ons in Stop Motion Studio, but it's worth the investment if you start using it regularly.
Hyperlapse of Instagram  20. Stabilize shaky video images on iOS
Hyperlapse of Instagram is a spin-off of the photo filter app that offers two important functions: timelapse recording and video stabilization. If you want to make clips that are smooth and cinematic, even while on the move, then Hyperlapse is one of the best ways to do this (at least for those using iOS devices) – capture your images with the main shutter button and then choose 1x as a playback speed to end with a finely stabilized clip that is stored in your photo gallery. Sharing options for Instagram and Facebook are also available. Microsoft Hyperlapse
21. Stabilize shaky video images on Android and Windows Phone
If you don't have an iOS device, there's an alternative Microsoft app that does essentially the same thing – confusingly, it's also called Hyperlapse. There are more speeds to choose from (1x to 32x), so you can opt for video stabilization or a timelapse effect, and another feature that is available here and that is not on the Instagram alternative is the ability to convert existing video & # 39; s to import. None of these Hyperlapse tools have any advanced editing functions, but you can use them to stabilize (or accelerate) clips and then export them to other applications on your phone.