Although there are only a handful of filmmaking-related apps on Google Play Store, most of these apps are somehow enough to kickstart your mobile filmmaking career. Albeit not as powerful as those of iOS, it delivers what it promised and sometimes exceeds some expectation. Here is my list of the best filmmaking apps for Android.
Best Android apps for Filmmakers
1. Cinema FV-5
Cinema FV-5 is one of my favorite app in this list. Cinema FV-5 gives you full manual control of your camera, given that your phone are capable of manual control.
- Adjust all the image sensor parameters that you only thought pro-video cameras had: exposure compensation, ISO, light metering mode (matrix/center/spot), focus mode and white balance.
- Change sensor parameters (like ISO, exposure compensation or white balance) also during recording.
- Focus adjustments during recording: lock focus on your subject before recording and change focus planes while recording.
- Professional viewfinder
- The most advanced electronic viewfinder on a video camera: live RGB and luminance histogram are available also during recording.
- Professional sound metering options: display audio peaks and sound clipping warnings during recording.
- Use any audio input source for your video: built-in microphone, external (wired) microphone or wireless (Bluetooth) headset.
- Choose video and audio codec, adjust the bitrates, audio sampling rates and number of channels.
- Record in 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) video on supported devices (currently only the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3, Note 4, Note Edge and Alpha).
- All camera functions assignable to volume keys. You can adjust EV, ISO, color temperature, zoom and more using volume keys (including those in cable-headsets) as well as focusing and recording. Devices with hardware camera shutter keys are also supported.
- Video geotagging support.
- Autofocus, macro, touch focus and infinity focus modes, plus a focus lock switch (AF-L).
- Auto exposure (AE-L) and auto white balance (AWB-L) locks in Android 4.0+. You can also lock exposure and white balance during clip recording automatically.
- Zoom after and while recording. Set specific focal lengths thanks to the 35mm equivalent-based focal length display.
- Powerful video clips organization options: different storage locations and fully customizable file names (even with variables).
Cinema FV-5 is a video camera-focused application so you will not be able to take photos using this app. But if you are interested in taking photos than videos, the developers also published an app called Camera FV-5. Both Cinema FV-5 and Camera FV-5 are available in free and paid versions. This will help you test if your device is compatible with the app before paying for the paid version. You can only capture up to 720p on free version but it’s worth a try.
2. Shot Designer
Shot Designer is a tool that will help Directors and DPs create animated camera diagrams with integrated shot list, storyboards, director’s Viewfinder, and sync & team sharing via Dropbox. Unfortunately, the app hasn’t been updated for about two years but the app remains stable and usable based on my experience.
3. Celtx Script
Celtx Script is one of the apps that are on my “Install First List” before using a new smartphone. This app is very handy for those people who loves writing screenplay on the go. It also backups your data on Celtx database so you will never have to worry about losing the idea you’ve been thinking everytime you step on the shower or sit on the toilet bowl.
- Screenplay, AV, Stageplay, Audio Play, and Comic formats.
- Free online backups – protecting your writing from damage or loss of your device.
- Add comments to make script notes to yourself or discuss scripts with partners.
- Sign up for an account and get a 15-day free trial of a full-featured online Celtx studio – all the tools you need to bring your scripts to camera: scriptwriting, breakdown, storyboarding, scheduling, budgeting, and cast and crew reports. Post trial you can continue using your studio for free scriptwriting.
4. Power Director
Powerdirector is one of the best video editor available on the Google PlayStore right now. The Power Director features slo-mo effect (even not natively supported by your device), simple special effects and voice over. Remember that you can’t color grade your footage here manually. If you want to have more creative freedom, please use PC. The latest update of the Power Director lets you edit 4K videos. The free version will have a “Powerdirector” watermark embedded on your footage but you can pay to remove this.
5. Adobe Premiere Clip
Adobe Premiere Clip is also one of the best video editor currently available on Google Play store. Adobe Premiere Clip lets you trim the parts you don’t want, add music to your footage (the sync to music feature is amazing) and sync your works to Adobe CreativeSync so you can access it anytime anywhere. Adobe Premiere Clip also lets you add some filters to your video, and there are lots of them so enjoy.
So those are the best Android apps for mobile filmmakers (Part 1). Stay tuned guys as we will publish more of it soon. Hope you enjoy this list as much as we do. Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts for more updates.