Video editing can be a drawn-out affair, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most of us don’t want to sit around for hours turning our favorite photos into movies and memories, and luckily for us, there are plenty of mobile apps out there that help us do that with just a few taps of our phone. We’ve put together a list of mobile apps that create video clips from photos that you can use as movie files, letting you add music, filters and whatever else you desire to really make them memorable.
The ridiculously popular video-making, photo-merging app has earned its place at the top among apps that create videos clips from photos. It seamlessly lets you merge photos with videos, music, effects, stickers, you-name-it, to create wonderfully cinematic memories from your favorite photos.
Use stylish fade-ins, fade-outs and other snazzy effects to create smooth transitions between series of photos, then add the music you want to really capture the moment. (Maybe you could add the song that actually played when the photos were taken.) FotoPlay supports multiple aspect ratios – so whether you take photos vertically or horizontally, you’re covered.
The “Video FX” feature is really one to look out for, giving your videos that cinematic quality that takes them to the next level.
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If you want to unleash your inner creative – using your pictures to make stylish music videos or simply a well-presented slideshow – then Flipagram is for you. The app uses its internal algorithms to scan the photos you submit, then can turn your photo collection into something more cinematic by automatically applying filters, music and timings. All of this with one tap!
Of course, Flipagram also lets you take your projects into your own hands, letting you add your own music and pacing. It has some solid editing tools that let you fine-tune the details of your project before letting you easily share it online.
A few things to note: Flipagram is subscription-based after the free trial period. (So make the most of it!) Also there appears to be some kind of fake Flipagram app on the Play Store which isn’t nearly as good and doesn’t seem to be made by the same developer – so avoid that one!
3. Google Photos
Many of you already use Google Photos – and for good reason. Google Photos boasts a great photo management interface coupled with free unlimited storage (provided you don’t mind a little compression).
In addition, Google Photos can automatically create slideshows and animations from your pictures. These slideshows revolve around special occasions or recent trips, with Google automatically selecting the photos based on data like location. While they were cool, users did not have the ability to manually select which photos they wanted to include in the slideshows. Until now.
Users can create movies on demand, selecting a theme like “Mother’s Day”, “Selfie” and “Doggie” to name a few, then they identify who should star in the production. Google Photos will automatically try and find the best photos and video clips. Furthermore, the app even sets your videos to music!
Magisto markets itself as an intelligent editor that makes movie-making simple. Users just choose the style of film they think best suits their photos or footage. This helps Magisto determine your audience and purpose.
For instance, Magisto will structure clips differently in a promotional video meant for social media compared to a wedding. Once the video style is chosen, users select which video clips or photos they want to appear in their film. Finally, users choose which music they want to use as a soundtrack.
Users then sit back and relax as Magisto works its magic. Magisto is super-easy to use, making it perfect for people who have no prior editing experience.
Furthermore, Magisto boasts social media integration for you to easily share your clips online. Magisto does offer a premium version which lifts some of the restrictions found in the freebie, most notably the ability to download your clips to play back on other devices, such as a PC or TV.