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iPhone Apps to Make Your Mobile Videos Shine

Alex Dao
August 10, 2012 by Alex Dao Staff

If you’re like us, you probably find yourself whipping out your phone to capture everyday happenings on the regular. It’s jut like Chase Jarvis says “the best camera is the one that’s with you,” and these days not only is your phone always within reach, there are a plethora of apps to help your mobile videos shine. In no particular order, here are 10 free and paid iPhone apps that can take your videos to the next level.

iMotion HD (Free)
iMotion HD is your one stop shop for creating time lapse and stop motion videos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Other options to try are Timelapse ($4.99), or Stop Motion Studio ($0.99).

TiltShift Video ($1.99)
Yup, there’s an app for that! With TiltShift you can get the miniaturized effect that’s all the rage these days, with the added bonus of having precise control of what parts of your video are in focus, and how blurry everything else is.

SloPro (Free, $3.99 Pro Upgrade allows you to save to camera roll)
If you’re not into speeding things up, SloPro lets you slow things down. Way down. With an iPhone 4 you can record videos at an impressively lethargic 60 frames per second.

FiLMic Pro ($14.99)
If you’re serious about your mobile videos, FiLMic Pro gives you a lot more manual control of your iPhone’s camera. You can control exposure, focal point, white balance, and more.

8mm Vintage Camera ($1.99)
Even if you’re shooting with the modern technological wonder that is your smartphone, this app will let you pass off your videos as authentically vintage. Throw some retro filters on it, add some jittering, and call it a day. Now you’re on the trolley.

Everyday App ($3.99)
This app prompts you to take a picture of your face every day. After you’ve taken enough shots, you can create a time lapse video of your face and reflect on the hair and outfit choices you’ve made.

Fun fact: Everyday was inspired by Noah Kalina’s Everyday video (below) documenting his face over the course of 6 years, and he’s one of the app’s creators.


Videolicious (Free)
This is primarily a storytelling app. Film yourself talking (or just use the mic) while tapping on the video clips you’re referencing. After adding music or filters, the end result is a voiceover narrative perfect for vacation updates or “behind the scenes” videos.

iMajiCam (Free)
iMagicam is a fun way to alter your video in real-time. You can layer warping effects, filters, or color styles to re-imagine the world around you. We think you’ll find the Kaleidoscope filter particularly delightful.

Cameo (Free)
Last but certainly not least, with our free app you can shoot, edit, and upload your videos right to Vimeo. It’s also easy to add transitions, effects, and music to your creation. 

Once you’ve played around with these apps, your smartphone will start to feel more like a super portable, tricked out camera that also happens to make calls.


p>Want to learn more about shooting with a mobile phone? Aim your eyeballs at our Mobile Video Tips and Techniques lesson.


Marc Zwygart

Thanks for the app info. Have you tried any of the lenses for iPhones? I have been using the Olloclip lens on my iPhone 4 and love it!

Malik Bannister

just downloaded, i feel as if this is going to help me tremendously

Ian Cundell Plus

I'll put a shout in for the truly splendid IStopmotion ( - Mac and iPad versions, with an extra doohickey to use your iPhone as a remote camera over wifi. Terrific app.

Alessandro Brunelli

I also use Splice (about 4$) for video editing of short movies. Thanks for the tips!

Leon Williamson

Does anyone know how to make an iPhone video smaller?

Dee Three

Be Nice if Vimeo put more effort into their own application. I really hope they do!

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