8 Short Video Apps for iOS | Best of 2019

What's Hot in Short Video Apps for iOS

> What's Hot in Short Video Apps for iOS Kathleen Aikin and Renee Dubé [September 30, 2019]

With the ever increasing popularity of short video apps amongst iOS users, more and more developers are trying to get their apps to the top. This has resulted in a plethora of short video apps being created with different features based on the users needs and wants. We’ve taken a look at the top ranking short video apps in the Apple App Store (as of August 2019) to see what these apps for iPhone have to offer.

1. Snapchat

Snapchat
Snapchat

Snapchat is a social video, picture and instant messaging platform. Snapchat’s main feature isn’t video editing; it first gained popularity as an instant messaging platform where the content disappears after you view it, but the app has since expanded to allow the option to keep messages and content. Video length limit was recently increased from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. You can modify your video with filters, clipping, audio and the option to add text overlays and stickers.

  • Video length: Up to 60 seconds
  • Live streaming: Yes (as a video call with up to 16 contacts)
  • Captioning: Yes

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2. iMovie

iMovie allows you to create high quality (up to 4K) video and movie trailers from your phone. It comes with movie/trailer templates, visual effects (including greenscreen) and preloaded, licensed soundtrack music.

  • Video length: Up to 60 seconds
  • Live streaming: Yes (as a video call with up to 16 contacts)
  • Captioning: Manual

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3. Boomerang

Boomerang
Boomerang

Boomerang allows you to quickly create short, looped videos. The app takes a burst of 10 photos and loops them together to create a short, repeating video. The disadvantage of this app is that you must create (photograph) the videos in real time, so you can’t edit existing media. It integrates with Facebook and Instagram and also allows you to download and share your videos by any means.

  • Video length: 10 frames (loops back and forth indefinitely)
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: None

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4. Dubsmash

Dubsmash is a social video platform for creating and sharing dance videos. You can record lip syncing and dance routines along to your chosen audio. Choose from an audio recording or soundbite from movies, shows, music, and internet trends. Dubsmash comes preloaded with audio, adding new content regularly. You can also add filters, captions, and other embellishments to the video. Dubsmash can share to Instagram, Snapchat, iMessage and more.

  • Video length: Unspecified
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: Yes

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5. Splice

Splice
Splice

Splice is a video editing software designed to make it easy for you to edit and create video from your smartphone. You can crop and delete frames, merge multiple videos and select individual frames to be displayed as a video preview slideshow. Add text overlay, soundtracks, and narration. You can add your own audio file on Splice, but you cannot upload captioning files.

  • Video length: Not Applicable
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: Manually

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6. Twitch

Twitch makes it easier for players to live stream their games. The app has a social messaging component, and allows gamers and users watching their stream to chat. Twitch has a live closed captioning feature (automatically-generated), giving viewers the choice to enable subtitles.

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

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7. Magisto

Magisto
Magisto

Owned by Vimeo, Inc., Magisto is a video editing app differentiated by its integrated “smart video” editing AI software. The software automatically selects 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. 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 length: Unspecified
  • Live streaming: No
  • Captioning: Manual

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Conclusion

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