5 Apps For Creating Amazing Instagram Videos From Your Phone

by Nick Cicero on Sep 13, 2013

instagram video

Instagram may have announced that ads are coming to the platform, but videos on the platform don’t have to revert to your typical 15-30 second TV commercial. The best videos can, and should be raw, fun, and inventive.

When it comes to Instagram Video, users have been experimenting with more and more ways to create compelling fifteen-second video masterpieces.

Instagram is becoming the place for visual storytelling and brands have fully adopted video since it was introduced.

There’s something genuine and authentic about the relationships people have on Instagram. It is more personal. You feel like you’re seeing a tiny window into another person’s life through snapshots and quick videos.

There are some really cool apps out there designed to make shooting and editing video on the go really simple, we’ve compiled a list of a few that strike our fancy below.

1. iMovie (iOS)

Apple’s own movie editing software is the standard for iOS , allowing users to make edits of the movies shot on their phone on the fly with professional transitions, music, text, and other visual effects. Experiment with their templates and you could find yourself with a mini masterpiece in minutes.

iMovie for iOS

2. Yakit (iOS)

Want to create silly parodies or just generally goof around? The Yakit app for iOS allows users to easily take their static photos and create hilarious animated videos out of them.

One of the most popular features is being able to “cut” out someone’s mouth and record a voiceover, allow users to “speak” for others. I really want Taco Bell to give us some animated tacos right now.

grumpy cat talks

Update: Ok I had to make one


3. 8mm Vintage Camera (iOS and Android)

Used by Malik Bendjelloul in his Oscar-winning film “Searching for Sugar Man”, 8mm Vintage Camera provides another unique layer of filters to create old vintage-style video on the fly.

Fashion or beauty companies could be taking advantage of this to showcase not just their brand’s styles, but videos of lifestyles associated with the brand.


4. PicPlayPost (iOS)

This app has been sweeping the nation and is perfect for combining multiple videos together in a collage, or even more interesting, combining static content with motion. This dynamic content makes for a truly unique video experience.

I first noticed this app from hip hop artist Freeway but soon after that saw Starbucks experimenting with it on their page. As you can see it garnered quite the reaction from their community and 52,000 Likes on the post.

Nothing says tranquillity like a morning coffee on the edge of the beach, waves lapping at your feet.

Starbucks is able to put you into that mindset. And while they used an Iced Coffee here, I can smell the beans roasting just thinking about it.

5. Lapse It (iOS and Android)

There’s nothing quite like a great time lapse video but often times that takes too much careful planning to pull off quickly (not to mention time, money, and a great location).

Lapse it cuts down all of those things into one handy little app which shoot a stream of continuous photos, then splices them together at whatever interval they choose. Lapse It then renders video in seconds and saves it to your phone for easy uploading.

Here’s an amazing video that was shot using an iPhone with Lapse It.


What are some of your favorite apps for editing video on a smartphone?

Let us know in the comments below.


Post Author

Nick Cicero is the Editor at Social Fresh and a Digital Marketing Consultant. Formerly of Expion and Livefyre, Nick has experience building social campaigns for Sony PlayStation, Winn-Dixie, Eminem, Teen Vogue and more. He’s a fan of playing...

  • shani burshtein

    great apps!

  • Nick Cicero

    Thanks @1f092de8d37a3f30e868ceb089a47366:disqus glad you enjoyed them!

  • angusnelson

    Now I have more apps (I have to download) sucking up my time and causing my legs to go numb sitting on the toilet! Great, just great!

  • I am trying lapse it and loving it.
    Thank you for sharing Nick

  • KyleKesterson

    Nick you have such an awesome voice for yakit! :D

  • Matt Litkie

    Lapse it is awesome!! thanks for this!

  • Tia

    is there an app for android like picplaypost where you can post videos and pic collages

  • Sarah Dominguez

    Lapse it could definitely come in handy. I recently downloaded Vid Collage, which allows pictures and video, quite like PicPlayPost, but it lets you put music, which is pretty awesome.

  • Mona

    Nick, please advise the best for Android users too!

  • Pic Play Post is the worse, paid for this app for my droid and it does not allow you to pic stitch any videos only photos. The reason I ordered it was so I could picstitch videos. Disappointed.

  • bbriiiiiii

    do u have an android

  • Hamidreza


  • That fact that you know of FREEWAY blows mind Mr. Cicero. Great Article!

  • nickcicero

    @JCChris:disqus Freeway and his team are old friends of mine…one of my favorite rappers too.

  • nickcicero

    @ali_mirza:disqus glad to hear it! Any good examples you can show?

  • Dope. I grew up in North Philadelphia not far from him.

  • Divine Chiteve

    Hi I am looking for an app that makes short music videos (using music and pictures on my phone) that i can use to post on instagram? please help! thank you

  • Jess

    Which app that ppl post that has the white or black sides & just the video in the middle ?

  • Andrea Wyland

    vidstitch would not let me use music though, I want one that will allow music to be added, help!!!!!

  • Breezy

    Viva video #ProblemSorted

  • Lily

    I don’t want to download an app i just wanna do it online! Does anyone know any online instagram things?

  • Edicius Moor

    There’s one called ‘Flipagram’ it works pretty good and you can add music.,

  • Edicius Moor

    There’s one called ‘Flipagram’ it works pretty good and you can add music.,

  • LudovicaMiao

    Is possible to post a video that i create before on premiere? I can only tap the button with the camera and nothing else

  • helpnesss

    You may use idealshare to
    download edit video.

  • Sandy Skye❤️


  • Francesa B

    If you are producing on a laptop, then iMovie doesn’t let you export in 1:1 ratio so it’s no good for Instagram.

    I have a way around this: create your movie and deliberately leave the sides empty.

    Also, even though Instagram video only 6XX pixels by 6XX, I create my videos at 1080 – eventually IG will upgrade, and I can republish my videos and they will be high quality.

    How? Make a movie, and export it at 1080p (1920 by 1080) which will mean 840 pixels wide are going to be kept so it fits, the rest will be discarded.

    So make sure you place your video content 420 pixels across the screen*** so that you end up with 2 black borders down the left and right – both of which will be cropped out when you publish to Instagram.

    *** (1920 – 1080) / 2 = 420.

    I haven’t tried iMovie on iOS (iPhone / iPad) so I’ve got no idea if the above is true or not.

    If you are technically inclined, I suppose you could use a combination of After Effects, Handbrake & Blue Stacks so that you can publish video directly from Mac Book / Pro to Instagram, with the benefit of a full size screen and mouse & keyboard so all the hashtags and such are super quick to enter as well. You can build this up so it automatically creates videos for you based on relevant keywords which it can source from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter and Royalty Free sites like VideoBlocks, and automatically put the most popular 30 has tags into the caption, as well as tagging 5-10 accounts that are the most popular, that are relevant to your video content etc.