Editing on a computer is one thing, but the amazing versatility of our mobile devices means you can take some images, modify and download, all on one device. There are many applications that offer this versatility to a greater or lesser, and explore where this KineMaster continuum for Android and iOS stacks up.
For a mobile application that works on phones and tablets and is essentially free, it packs a punch. Most mobile video editing applications attempt to simplify the design process by limiting the number of options available. KineMaster seems to have managed to turn this expectation on its head, and provided a simplified interface with many advanced features packed in.
The working interface is cleverly designed. To the left is the action bar, the tools change depending on what is selected in the scenario.
The script itself is basically – although if you are used to editing in other applications and on other platforms, be aware that the convention is reversed: if you want a clip to overlap another, you must make sure the first one is placed below the last. This takes some getting used to.
The media panel is the large circle to the right, where you can import media, record a voice over, create new layers for different types of overlays delete a selected clip, or access the KineMaster Asset Store.
Selecting a clip not only modifies the action menu, it also replaces the Media panel with contextual tools. For example, tap a few video clips in your timeline for editing tools, or select a text layer to access the selected font, color and formatting. This is a very intuitive process that allows you to pack a lot of power in the small phone screen.
Depending on the power of your device, you KineMaster can work on multiple layers of video in a project. Overlays (as text and stickers, for example) are less greedy and KineMaster seems to leave you as those you need.
The first layer is known as the primary name and KineMaster timeline does not allow gaps: deleting a clip, and the other his right movement to the left until they join the rest of editing. This is useful and allows you to create a quick edit. Side Timelines are not this restriction and you can add something where you need it – as it is on a primary Timeline clip (the primary scenario sets the duration of the project).
You have access to a plethora or tools, such as color adjustment sliders, cropping, rotation, opacity, and there is even a key tool Chroma. You have a slider to control the speed of a given clip.
Transitions and Effects
If you like the transitions, add them to your project is incredibly easy, even if this can be done only on the primary Timeline. Once both clips are next to each other, a large “+” appears where they join. Touch to view the list of available transitions, organized by categories. You do not seem to be able to, however, change the length of a transition.
The effects (such as animation and blurring that are installed by default Gaussian) are applied via the supporting panel and are placed in other layers in the scenario. If you are looking for additional effects, you can find them through the KineMaster Asset Store.
KineMaster is a surprisingly powerful editing application video for your mobile device and you can end up creating complex projects with ease. The interface is simple and stores a lot of tools, and as it is free (as long as you do not mind watermarking), it is definitely worth checking out.