Mobile video has come a long way since smartphones and tablets first became hits. A few years ago, the cameras on smartphones and tabs were only good for shooting low-quality home videos that, even though were funny, couldn’t be used for much else other than capturing family memories. Fast forward to 2018. Smartphone cameras are so good that some even rival high-end cameras. Many can even be used for professional video shoots, with resulting videos showing little to no difference compared with footage from professional video cameras.
In as much as video hardware has come a long way, credit must be given to video apps that enable users to get the most out of the hardware. There are all kinds of video apps for different mobile OS platforms, with functions that range from basic video recording to advanced video editing. In this post, we sample what we think are the must-have video apps for Android phone in 2018.
People are making and sharing more videos than ever before, thanks to the likes of YouTube and other video streaming websites. But just because these videos are exclusively found on the internet doesn’t mean you can’t pull down a few for offline viewing. Snaptube is one of the few professional apps that let you do just that.
Snaptube is a video streaming app that gives you control over what, when, and where to watch your favourite videos on your Android device. Snaptube lets you search, watch and download HD-quality videos and MP3 audio files from most of your favourite video streaming platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, and Vevo.
Plus, at less than 10 MBs in size, it’s one of the smallest Android apps available, meaning any device with at least 512 MB of RAM and an updated OS should be able to run stream and download videos without any lag. Best of all, the app is completely free! You can download from its official site.
If you love your music and music videos, Lark Player should and will be your best friend. Lark Player is an intuitive media player that borrows its functions from the popular media player, VLC. It offers users the ability to organise their music and video playlists according to frequency, artist, and album, which lets you stay on top of your media files.
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this app is its sound intelligence feature. This feature helps to synthesize the sound from your device, resulting in crisp-clean audio and smooth video. Lark Player also comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a video player, including music and video shuffling.
It further comes with a ton of lovely themes to add on to its smooth UI. This one is also free.
Adobe is a big-name brand with hands in most major software sectors, including video editing. The company makes its mark in this category with the Adobe Premiere Clip, a simple but powerful video editing tool. Adobe Premiere Clip comes with an assortment of functionalities for all kind of users. Basic users can auto-generate quality videos from photos and videos on their phones with little effort.
Advanced users can use the assortment of tools and effects to edit videos, including adding custom music and sounds into videos. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account, you can synchronize your progress on all your devices.
Adobe Premiere Clip is also free and should work on devices with at least 1 GB RAM for the best experience.
Most of the people would be content with the camera and video apps that come with their Android phones (usually from Google). However, a good number of users are always looking for custom apps to add on to their arsenal of apps, and Camera FV-5 is one of the best options for manual camera fans.
Camera FV-5 lets you play around with aspects of your camera phone that you didn’t know existed. You can change the speed of the shutter manually, configure white balancing, light metering, and focus, and play around with many advanced features you never thought possible.
The free version of Camera FV-5 will only let you access basic features, so you’ll have to fork out $3.95 for the Pro version with all the advanced features of the app.
Once you’ve downloaded and edited your favourite videos, at some point, you will have to transfer the files to your PC for safekeeping. AirDroid is a simple Android app that lets you transfer files from your device to your PC, hassle-free. Additionally, it lets you control your device’s other features, including the camera, sending/receiving text messages, getting device notifications, and even allows you to use apps installed on your phone.
Most of the basic features on AirDroid can be accessed for free, but you’ll have to fork out at least $1.99 per month to access advanced features.
All of us have a smartphone nowadays, and most of us like to watch videos as well. So, these video apps can be really great for you for different purposes as discussed above.
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