Dominated by leading programs such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere, digital video production has up until recently been an expensive, time-consuming field to master. However, with the advent of cloud-based software and rise of ubiquitous, video-capable smartphones, new offerings have emerged that suit the shallowest of pocket-bearers.
With features tailored for absolute beginners to seasoned editors, the following 7 cloud-based platforms are inexpensive options for quickly creating compelling, professional videos.
WeVideo is known for its clean interface, impressive versatility, and smooth learning curve—as such, the app is suitable for both amateurs and professionals. It also offers paid-for options including high quality fair-use music and custom branding.
Though Loopster may not be as aesthetically pleasing as other options on this list, its user-friendliness can be compared to renowned editing bundles like iMovie, with more robust features and connectivity to boot. Its various paid-for options allow you to create non-watermarked videos.
Magisto is ideal for creating slideshows and short form videos without too much direct handling. More akin to Instagram when it comes to ease-of-use and creative control, the app gives users a number of themed templates and music selections for personalizing their videos.
The FileLab Video Editor offers surprisingly robust audio and video editing capabilities and a more impressive array of editing options than most, the highlight of the editor is it’s welldirected formatting; moving across a larger project and working with a multitude of clips or edits never became a hassle or a hangup. Only available for Microsoft OS, however.
A solid option for no-frills business and student/scholastic use cases, Captevate is light on elaborate filters and editing features and more geared for creating simple, impactful videos.
Though not a full-fledged video editing suite, Shotclip is nonetheless novel: it provides a linking service between friends for their video projects—essentially compiling videos taken from multiple sources at the same website, allowing them to be spliced and edited together.
Like Captevate, Animoto is suitable for creating simple, impactful video presentations, and is a solid contender if only for its surprisingly well-curated fair use music library.
Develop an effective advertisement for your new products. Share memories in a more personal way. Direct and edit your own peer-to-peer movie that spans continents. Whatever your ambitions are, these 7 tools will enable you achieve your video editing goals faster—even if you’re just honing your skill set for a more elaborate workflow down the line.