Editing videos on your smartphone now made easy with the InShot App

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This pandemic has revealed a lot of things, and the content creators within us have not been taken aback. From chefs to fitness advisors, from fashion bloggers to digital artists, the list goes on and on. Creating content isn’t a tough task for the experienced lot from above, but for the first timers, there are a ton of barriers to cross. For the people who decided that they’d be willing to make videos, selecting a proper editing app is always a hassle, especially when all you have is a smartphone at your disposal and a very low budget for the application.

But this should not let anyone’s spirits down, as although it may be a task to sort everything out, the joy of the end result will always triumph the hassle. I’ve been creating content for over 5 years now, be it on Instagram or YouTube, and over these years I’ve had to learn a lot by experimenting and taking notes from my mistakes. From the very beginning, I’ve used Adobe suite to edit my videos, but it can be a bit overwhelming for those who are more enthusiastic about creating the content than focus solely on editing it.

In order to save you guys from one of the most complex tasks for new creators; editing, I’ve researched and come up with a rather easy solution for anyone with a mere smartphone to get started with their content creation process. After looking for a while, I found that the App “InShot” is the most user friendly and free to use with a small watermark (can be removed for a nominal fee if you’re gonna be using it for a while), and is available on both IOS and Android.

In this article, I’m gonna give you a brief tutorial regarding basic edits using the InShot App, in order to make things even simpler. Without any further delay, let’s begin.

How to download the InShot App:

In order to download the InShot app on your smartphone or tablet, simply visit the app store on your device and search for “InShot”, and then proceed to download the below marked app:

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Understanding the App Interface:

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When you open the App, you’re greeted with 3 options; Video, photo and collage. As the name suggests, click on the one which you intend to create. Since we’re focusing on videos in this article, let’s select that and proceed.

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As you can see, clicking on the video option reveals the galley on your phone. From here, you can import the videos that you’ll need for your project by a single tap on each file.

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If you tap on a video and then tap on the scissor on the top right corner of the file, it allows you to trim the video before importing them for the project. I recommend importing the entire file and then later make any trims if required as it would provide more flexibility.

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After selecting the required files for your project, tap on the bottomp right corner to proceed to the holy grail of the app; the timeline. The timeline is where you can see how your files are currently stacked and how long the total video duration is. It also has a tool bar right above it, which allowed you to make edits of all sorts to the clips that you’ve added.

The app is quite user friendly and any help that you need is directly accessible through the “?” placed on the top right corner. But to help you get started, I’ll go through some of the basics with you.

How to cut/trim/adjust video length:

In order to adjust the duration of the clip, tap on the clip that you wish to adjust and select the “Precut” tool from the trim path. Here you’ll see three options; Trim, cut and split. Now my advice is, never use the cut tool because it’s destructible. Once you make those cuts, you won’t be able to undo them. Hence, only use the trim or split tools

The trim tool allows the user to chop off some duration either the duration or the ending from the video. If you wish to have 2 separate parts from the same clips, duplicate the file on your timeline by selecting it and tapping “duplicate” tool, which is the third last option and then trim them accordingly. This will allow you to have better control over the clips rather than cutting from one file as there’s no undo button in the InShot, which is frankly the only flaw I could find.

In order to swap the order of appearance of the clips, simple tap and hold on your timeline and arrange the clips in your desired manner.

To add a blank background, click on the big plus icon on the leftmost side of the timeline and select “Blank” option. You can also use this to import any further clip if required.

How to add and edit audio to the project:

To add audio to your project, click on the music icon on the tool bar and select the audio you want to add to your project. Here, you’ll find three options; Track, Effects and record.

Under tracks, “Featured” offers a number of options by InShot themselves which you can use in your projects. “My music” allows the user to select files from local storage. “Effects ” allows you to add audio effects for transitions or other uses.

In order to use music from “featured” tab under the “tracks” option, select a song and then tap on the cloud icon on the right. InShot even allows you to extract audio from other videos on your phone or the ones on your timeline.

In order to move the audio clip, simply tap and hold on the audio file in the timeline and drag to your desired destination. To edit the duration of the audio, tap on it once and select the trim button from the tool bar.

How to add transitions:

In order to add transitions to the video clips on the timeline, go to a cut or joint between two clips and tap on the Transitions option. From here, you can select any one of your choice from a plethora of choices, however, some of them are only available for premium users, which are easily identifiable, so keep that in mind when you add it to your project.

How to add Text:

To add text on to your project, go to your timeline, place the marker on the point where you want to add the text and select the text tool from the toolbar. From here, you can type in whatever you want to display. Adjusting the length of the of the text is similar to adding and adjusting audio. Tap on the text once on the timeline, tap and hold on the arrows at the end of the text clip that appear on the timeline and drag them to the required end or start point. You can also add effects to the text, and also adjust their intensity on the clips, which I’ll recommend you experiment with before finalizing the project. You can also add multiple texts with this tool.

How to export your video in InShot:

When your project is ready and you want to export it to your device, tap on the top right corner where it says “Save”. InShot gives you the option to save the video in different resolutions, with maximum up to 1080p, which is more than enough for any platform that you’re going to upload to. Remember, if you’re on a storage crunch, export the video in 720p to save some space and have decent resolution.


Apps like InShot or Power Director are just meant to get you started in the content creation world. If you’re serious about the videos you create, I’ll highly recommend you to invest time into learning desktop software like Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows or Final Cut Pro on Mac, as the difference and scope is huge when compared to smartphone video editing. Otherwise, these apps are just perfect and should be a great start point for any aspiring creator as they provide plenty freedom to get creative and make videos!