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If Samsung smartphones are particularly good at photography, they are also champions of video. Not only do they offer many shooting options, but it is also possible to edit and edit videos directly on your smartphone. Here are some basic tips for editing videos on your Samsung smartphone.
First of all: what format and what definition to film?
Before you even get into video editing, you need to know how you decide to film. In this article, we are going to use the video options offered by the Galaxy S20 photo application as a basis.
Before filming your scene, you must first think about the format and the resolution in which you are going to shoot your film. Once the Video mode has been selected in the camera application, go to the settings menu (the toothed wheel) then choose the resolution of the video. Samsung then offers you several options.
Basically, the definition (called resolution by Samsung) is set to “Full HD at 30 frames per second (fps)”. You can increase the definition and the number of frames per second, up to 60 fps in UHD and up to 24 fps in 8K.
If your video is only intended to be viewed on a (small) smartphone screen, it is not really necessary to increase the definition. The difference will only really be visible on a computer or TV. On the other hand, it is in your best interest to film in 60 frames per second. The video will then be much smoother, but also more sensitive to shaking. As with the photo, it is the director’s experience that prevails: take the time to test these modes and watch the results on a big screen to see the differences.
Also keep in mind that the more you increase the definition or the number of images per second, the greater the weight of the videos and the more their editing will be resource intensive for the phone. For example, a 30 seconds video in 8K definition taken with the Samsung Galaxy S20 weighs around 300 MB. You can quickly fill up your phone’s storage space!
The basics of editing with the Gallery app: cut, add videos, add basic effects
It is possible to do basic editing directly from your Samsung smartphone, via the Gallery application integrated into the phone. It is very easy to use and even allows you to integrate some nice effects like transitions, to “draw” on it or even to add music.
How to cut a video with your Samsung smartphone
First, go to the Gallery app on your Samsung smartphone, then click on the video you want to edit. Then press the edit button (the pencil icon) to get to the video editing interface.
To cut a video, you must then use the video preview banner located at the bottom of the interface. Increase or decrease the outer panes to choose exactly when the video starts and ends. By keeping your finger pressed on a precise place of this band, it is possible to know exactly what is happening at a precise moment.
Our advice if you edit on your smartphone: switch the display to landscape mode to extend the editing interface and better see the added effects on the screen.
How to merge videos with your Samsung smartphone?
Samsung’s interface also allows you to add videos one after the other to form a single movie. To do this, press the clapper-shaped button located at the top right of the video editing interface and then select the movie (s) you want to add one after the other.
This interface is also very flexible: you can add videos as well as images or GIFs to your video project. Here are some useful tips for assembly:
- You can move videos or images around in your project by letting your finger rest on a video and dragging it anywhere in your timeline
- You can edit or modify the films in this montage one by one by clicking on a particular video, then clicking on modify.
- You can add transition effects by clicking on line icons that connect different videos.
How to add effects to your Samsung video?
At the very bottom of the video editing interface are the main editing options enabled by Samsung’s Gallery app:
- Scissors cut video
- The three bubbles allow you to add filters and color effects (black and white) to the video
- The sticker allows you to add stickers to the video or to integrate an image from your own gallery
- The paint palette allows you to “draw” on the video
- The T allows you to add text to the video
- The player button allows you to play with the video speed (to cut the time in half or increase it twice)
- The eighth note adds music (from the phone’s storage space) over its video
To go further in editing: two applications for advanced editing on Android and iPhone
Samsung’s Gallery app allows for basic editing. But if you want to take video editing a step further, here are two even more comprehensive apps.
Inshot to do like the influencers
Inshot (available on the Play Store or App Store) has more or less the same features as the editing options in Samsung’s Gallery app (including a handy on-the-fly video cropping feature), but with a more polished interface and above all a lot of more content to integrate into its videos. Filters, music (royalty-free), stickers, transitions, it only takes a few minutes to make dynamic edits “like on TikTok”.
As is often the case with this kind of editing application, the free version automatically incorporates a watermark on the videos edited with the application. It is necessary to take a subscription (3.09 euros per month or 9.99 euros for one year) or to buy a license (29.99 euros) to remove the logo and access all the functionalities.
Adobe Premiere Rush to edit like a pro
Finally, if for you editing is serious business and you need a complete (and austere, let’s face it) application capable of exporting projects to a computer, it’s to Premiere Rush (on the Play Store and App Store) that you have to turn to. The application not only includes basic editing features, but also integrates advanced tools to play (among others) with exposure, contrast, light management or automatic cropping options.
Here again, the application is available free of charge, but limited in the number of projects and in time. A subscription of at least 4.99 euros per month is then necessary to unlock the application.