Filmmaking and video apps to Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro

These are the filmmaking and video apps I use in my Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro workshops.

Watch my free video tutorial above for a walkthrough.

Many of these apps are free. 

Many of them are also available on Android and Windows phones.




This is the software I use for video production and for making video tutorials.

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I am always on the lookout for new and better apps for Android filmmaking. Please let me know your favorites and will update this list!

Florian @Smartfilming sent me his list of apps for Windows and Android users. I have added in my own faves and made links where I could find them.

We are both beta testing the new Movie Maker Pro app for Windows phone and working with the developer so he knows what film pros expect in a mobile tool.


Camera/Video Recording:
Cinema FV-5 (lots of manual controls, pretty much a FilmicPro equivalent, some features like exposure lock are only applicable for certain devices), "A Better Camera"

Video Editing:
Androvid Pro: Simple app that makes it easy to trim and rename clips for video projects.
KineMaster (very good UI, almost as good as iMovie and Pinnacle Studio, in some regards even better: real audio ducking with keyframes, basic in-app grading, trim-to-playhead command, timeline markers ... 2nd video tracked was promised by developers for one of the next updates. Big bummer: KM introduced a subscription service with quite a hefty price tag, about 4 Euros a month, 30 per year. One can use the app for free but export has watermark. KM only runs on relatively powerful phones, there's a detailed list on their website.

Alternatives: Power Director, Video Pad (tablet-only!)

Camera FV-5, A Better Camera

Photo Editing:
Pixlr Express, PicsArt Studio, Snapseed, Photoshop Touch

Audio Recording:
Tape Machine Pro (Robb's Favorite!) Nice limiter and gain controls. Easy to trim and rename clips for audio projects.
Field Recorder (very good, only app that allows for flipping of the UI to still have important controls in reach when using a smartphone with bottom mic that is covered with a wind screen, very responsive developer. No in-app editing though)
Rec Forge Pro / Rec Forge II (reliable, easy to use, in-app editing of clip)
Lexis Audio Editor

Audio Editing (Multi-track):
Audio Evolution Mobile (very professional and feature-rich DAW, easy to use, top-notch. Some features not really important for Journos but one doesn't have to use them so it doesn't matter)


Camera/Video Recording:

Nokia Camera (selectable frame rate but no extern. mic support so far. Native camera app supports ext. mics, but standard 30fps)

Video Editing:
Movie Maker 8.1 / Movie Maker Pro (Beta)

Alternatives for basic timeline/storyboard-editing with multiple clips: MovieJax, Video Editor 8.1, FilmIt

Nokia Camera, Clever Camera

Photo Editing:
PicsArt Studio, Photoshop Express

Audio Recording:
Lexis Audio EditorWave Master, Ultimate Recorder

Audio Editing (Multi-Track):
Wave Master (timeline UI not perfect yet, but it's the first multi-track editor and a start)

Robb Montgomery

Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro - Video lectures

You may be asking yourself:

  • What is smartphone video?
  • How do I make a good video story?
  • What gear do I need?
  • Which apps are best?
  • Where do I start?

In this course I will teach you how to get started making great videos with your smartphone.

Read the ★★★★★ reviews!

Watch the promo video.

The course features broadcast quality video lessons, case studies, presentations, field exercises, and resources and can be taken in less than two hours.


Explore the types of video you can make with your smartphone or tablet.

Discover the apps and budget-priced gear you will quickly give you pro results.

This course is designed to help anyone make smart videos that they are proud to share with their family and friends.


Robb Montgomery shows apps and solutions for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Montgomery is a professional journalist who has taught thousands of print journalists and broadcast correspondents how to use smartphones to make videos, many of them for the first time.

Learn the apps, gear and types of video stories that you can make with a smartphone or tablet. (iOS, Android and Windows Phone

The students who have taken the course are giving it 5-star reviews.

Smartphone video gear for every budget

I'll be presenting "Smartphone video gear for every budget" 
at the Berlin Video Meetup October 16.

RSVP here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Betahaus Cafe
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20 10969

I'll be handing out coupons for my new online course "Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro"

And bringing some of my little friends with me.

Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro, an online course by Robb Montgomery.

Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro

Make Smartphone Video Like a Pro, an online course by Robb Montgomery.

I have a new online course on Udemy that teaches how to get better video from your smartphone.

If you are struggling to make better videos with your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows phone, this course is for you.

The course introduces the apps, gear and video stories you can make with a smartphone.

It is aimed at journalists, moms, marketers, and beginning filmmakers.

Click here to preview the course.

Note that you will be able to preview some of the lectures for free so you can get an idea of the quality of the training.

You will learn
• 10 types of videos that can be made with a smartphone

• The gear and apps that help to make great videos.

• The course features video tutorials, case studies, presentations, quizzes, field exercises, and resources and can be taken in less than an hour.

Here is the promo video for the course.

Turn your smartphone into a pro video camera for less than $100

This bare-bones system will help the budget-conscious field reporter or media student to take higher quality video footage with their smartphone.


    TOTAL = $99.94 USD

The Rode SmartLav microphone improves the audio for interviews, standups and voice overs. It works with all iPhones many Android smartphones. Great audio improves production values significantly and you have to use an external mic to get that result.

The Shoulderpod S1 is a universal smartphone grip that will improve your handheld filming and allow you attach any smartphone to a tripod. Stable video is a hallmark of professional video production. 

The Filmic Pro camera app allows you to have manual control over your smartphone camera. The ability to set and lock frame rate, focus, exposure and white balance is what sets pro cameras apart from consumer models that operate in 'Auto-everything' mode.
Auto mode constantly change focus and exposure and the results scream 'amateur video.' 

Window light is free, so use it whenever possible to illuminate your victim! A small 5-in-1 reflector can really help you bounce more light on your subject's face and they can be found online for $15. 

Tips for how to make high quality stories with mobile devices like these can be found in this series of textbooks at the iTunes book store.

Oh, and here is the quality you can expect. Here is a student video made in my #MOJO workshop in Berlin.
It was filmed and edited on iPhone 5.