KineMaster is a full-featured video editor. KineMaster has powerful tools that are easy to use, like multiple video layers, blending modes, voiceovers, chroma-key, speed control, transitions, subtitles, special effects, and so much more!
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- Lots of powerful tools
- Easy interface to master
- Precision controls
- Free to use
- The subscription model can be expensive in the long run
- Sometimes difficult to select a clip you want to move or edit
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- Multiple layers of video, images, stickers, special effects, text, and handwriting
- Reverse your videos for a unique look
- Blending modes to create startling, beautiful effects
- Add voiceovers, background music, voice changers, and sound effects
- Editing tools to trim, splice, and crop your video
- The Asset Store provides music, clip graphics, fonts, stickers, transitions, and more to enhance your video, updated weekly
- Speed control for time-lapse and slow-motion effects
- EQ presets, ducking, and volume envelope tools for immersive audio
- Keyframe animation tool to add motion to layers
- Edit and export 4K, 60 FPS video
- Apply different color filters to make your video stand out
- Many, many more features, options, and settings!
The first thing you notice is that like other mobile video editors, KineMaster doesn’t have a media section that lists a project’s available clips. Instead, it relies on your device’s camera roll. This means that you need to import the clips you want to use as you’re using them. It’s not the most ideal of solutions because you can’t preview your footage, and set in and out points for the portion you’d like to use; you have to do that after having inserted the clips in your project. This seems to be a universal limitation of working with mobile devices, but it doesn’t stop experienced editors from being frustrated by it.
The working interface is cleverly designed. To the left is the Action Bar whose tools change depending on what’s selected in the Timeline.
The Timeline itself is at the bottom – although if you’re used to editing in other apps and on other platforms, be advised that the convention is reversed: if you want a clip to overlap another, you must make sure the former is placed underneath the latter. This takes a bit of 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 various types of overlays, delete a selected clip, or access the KineMaster Asset Store.
Selecting a clip not only alters the Action menu, but it also replaces the Media Panel with contextual tools. For instance, tap on some video footage in your timeline to get editing tools, or choose a text layer to gain access to the font selection, color and formatting tools. It’s a very intuitive process that allows you to pack a lot of power on the small phone screen.
Depending on the power of your device, KineMaster allows you to work on multiple layers of video in a project. Overlays (like text and stickers for instance) are less computationally intensive and KineMaster appears to let you have as many of those as you need.
The first layer is known as the Primary Timeline and KineMaster doesn’t allow gaps in it: delete one clip and any others to its right move to the left until they join with the rest of the edit. This is useful and allows you to build an edit fast. The Secondary Timelines don’t have this restriction and you can add anything there wherever you need it – as long as it’s over a Primary Timeline clip (the Primary Timeline sets the project’s duration).
You have access to a plethora of tools, like color adjustment sliders, cropping, rotation, opacity, and there’s even a chroma key tool. You’ve got a slider to control the speed of any given clip.
Any clip not on the Primary Timeline can be altered with the use of keyframes. The creation of them is remarkably easy and you can tell the developers have worked hard on every facet of this editing application to offer powerful features in an intuitive and compact way.
Transitions and effects
If you like transitions, adding them to your project is incredibly easy, although this can be done solely on the Primary Timeline. Once two clips are next to each other, a large ‘+’ appears where they join. Tap on it to reveal the list of available transitions, organized by categories. You don’t appear to be able to alter a transition’s duration, however.
Effects (like animation and gaussian blur which are installed by default) are applied via the Media Panel and are placed under other layers in the Timeline. Should you be on the lookout for additional effects, you can find them through the KineMaster Asset Store.
That store grants you access to additional effects. Many of the available assets are free and you can simply tap on their download button to get them. A vast number of them are labeled premium and can be acquired through a subscription service. Others require a one-off payment. Before you shell out any money though, you can preview each effect to make sure it’s right for your project, and your wallet.
KineMaster is a surprisingly powerful video editing app for your mobile device and you can find yourself creating complex projects with ease. The interface is simple yet stores a lot of tools, and as it’s free (as long as you don’t mind the watermarking), it’s definitely worth checking out.