Formerly known as Replay, Quik was primarily designed for Instagrammers, but is suitable for anyone with pics and videos sloshing about on their iOS device. Suitably, it’s all about creating videos — fast. You decide on a selection, pick a theme and — BAM! — there’s your masterpiece.
You can make a few tweaks — style, pace, font, titles, filters and trims. For the most part, though, this is all about letting an app take the strain, turning a pile of photos into a promo, or random baby or pet videos into something guaranteed to make everyone blub.
Or, if you’re feeling particularly lazy, just wait for the app to compile a video on your behalf (which it does every week) and take all the credit.
Download Quik for Android (£free)
Download Quik for iOS (£free)
If you fancy just having the bits of LumaFusion for adding mad effects or making speedy changes to videos, that’s LumaFX.
This app’s all about fixing single clips, whether you were holding your iPhone wrong (meaning everything plays sideways), or your footage ended up with a colour cast that makes everyone look like they’re about to vomit.
With a few taps, LumaFX lets you flip, reorient and rotate footage, adjust its speed and aspect ratio, and apply all manner of effects. Whether you want to subtly adjust contrast and shadows or transform a home movie into a deranged 1970s Eastern European animation, LumaFX is money well-spent. Unless you already own LumaFusion, obviously.
Buy LumaFX (£3.99)
Given its impressive feature-set, you might sit down with Splice and wonder what the catch is. This entirely free (and ad-free) app enables you to import and arrange clips, each of which can be individually edited.
You can add text, transitions, and filters; speed can be adjusted; and there are multiple audio tracks (including one for voiceovers).
Destructive trimming within clip edits is the only real niggle — trims and cuts can subsequently all be removed from edited footage with a single tap, but this workflow lacks the flexibility needed for experimentation. Otherwise Splice is great for quickly editing movies on your iPhone.
Download Splice for iOS (£free)
Adobe Premiere Clip
With Premiere’s pedigree on the desktop, it’s a bit odd to see the name used on mobile for such a comparatively simple product. But Premiere Clip gives you a straightforward means of arranging clips and exporting the result.
It’s designed for speed, so isn’t particularly feature-rich, but it's a decent download for anyone heavily immersed in Creative Cloud — or Android owners wanting something quick, simple and free. (iOS owners should instead first check out the superior Splice, above.)
This app comes across like an automated editor for anyone who considers using Replay a bit much effort. Point Magistro at a bunch of images and photos, pick a theme and some music, and then have a cup of tea. When you’re done, Magistro will be too, and you’ll have a highly animated short, based on the content you provided.
For free, movies are limited to a minute long. Pay for premium (from £4.99 monthly on iOS or £3.20 on Android) and you can create longer movies with more clips, and get unlimited downloads. If you only want to save the odd movie, you can do so for free, but they’ll come with watermarks.
Download Magistro for Android (£free + IAP)
Download Magistro for iOS (£free + IAP)