8 Short Video Apps for Android | Best of 2019

The 8 Best Short Video Apps for Android

> The 8 Best Short Video Apps for Android Kathleen Aikin [December 19, 2019]

Short video clips continue to gain in popularity along with social platforms like Instagram and Snapchap. As smartphone video technology has improved along with our access to video media online, there has been a growing need for short video apps on smartphones. TechloMedia recently published a report on trending social video apps. We’ve taken a look at these as well as the top performing video apps in the Google Play Store (as of August 2019). Read on to learn about and compare the features these popular short video apps for Android have to offer.

1. Instagram

Instagram
Instagram

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is a social photo and video sharing program. You can shoot videos in the app or upload videos from your media library.

Instagram comes with several filters and the option to mute the video. Captioning must be done manually; the app does not accept SRT files. On Instagram Stories, you have a wider range of options such as linking multiple videos together, splicing photos into your video, and adding captions or stickers. Stories, however, have a length limit of 15 seconds.

IGTV is another portion of the app, separate from the feed, in which video creators can share videos of up to 60 seconds. Subtitles must be hardcoded for IGTV because of the vertical format of the videos.

  • Video length
    • Feed: up to 60 seconds
    • Instagram stories: up to 15 seconds
    • IGTV: up to 60 minutes
  • Live streaming: Yes
  • Captioning: Manual

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2. TikTok

TikTok is a social video app that allows you to create and share short video clips. You can trim, edit, clip and merge multiple videos, as well as add music, sound, filters, and stickers. Captioning must be done manually as text overlays.

Post videos to TikTok, send them directly to your TikTok contacts, or download them to share on other platforms.

  • Video length: up to 15 seconds
  • Live streaming: Yes (as a video call with up to 16 contacts)
  • Captioning: Manual

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3. Likee

Likee
Likee

Likee, winner of the Google Play Awards 2017, is best known for having great special effects for a mobile video editing app (think: changing your hair colour and eyeliner). It is a short video app geared at lip syncing and music videos, having the innate ability to sync video frames with music tempo.

  • Video length: Unspecified
  • Live streaming: Yes
  • Captioning: Manual

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4. Vigo Video

Vigo Video is a much like other short video social platforms, with the exception that it has a monetary platform. Videos that perform well have the opportunity to earn “flames,” which are convertible into money.

  • Video length: up to 60 seconds
  • Live streaming: Yes
  • Captioning: Manual

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5. Twitch

Twitch
Twitch

Twitch makes it easier for players to live stream their games and chat with their followers, using the integrated instant messaging feature.

Twitch was created out of a need for gamers live-streaming their games; something that started on YouTube, but Twitch streamlined. Everything you need to live stream and broadcast is there in the app.

The live closed captioning feature, which automatically generates subtitles, allows viewers the option to enable or disable them as needed.

  • Video length: Unspecified
  • Live streaming: Yes
  • Captioning: Automatic

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6. VivaVideo

VivaVideo is used to create short video clips. VivaVideo includes a variety of features, including music, filters, and the option to add subtitles. The short video clips created by users tend to be more artistically-driven than on other apps. Video resolution is limited to 720p, which is a common comment we’ve seen on the Play Store.

  • Video length: Unspecified
  • Live streaming: Yes
  • Captioning: Manual

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7. Magisto

Magisto, Google Play Editor’s Choice 2019, is unique because of its “smart video” editing AI software. The software automatically finds the best parts of your video and selects filters and effects for you, such as stabilization, cropping, facial recognition and filters.

  • Video length: 75 seconds (150 seconds for Premium users)
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: Manually

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8. Lasso

Owned by Facebook, Lasso is a short video editing app that allows you to add music, filters, stickers, and GIFs to your short videos.

Lasso sets itself apart with its large music library. The app claims to have one of the largest music libraries, including everything from “trending pop hits to vintage classics.” This is beneficial (and very different from YouTube!) because you don’t have to worry about licensing rights to music.

The app also keeps track of trending content and hashtags, so that you can create tailored videos to viral content. Lasso integrates with Facebook allowing you to share directly to your Facebook Story or Feed, as well as download the videos to share elsewhere.

  • Video length: up to 15 seconds
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: Manually

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Conclusion

It is clear that the need for short video editing apps spans across multiple use cases, from instant messaging to live streaming music and games. Each short video app has a unique user base and set of features. The wide range of short video apps available for Android means there is likely an app catered to your unique videography needs.

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