Works on desktop and mobile devices. You can start something on your phone and then finish it on your computer. That flexibility is useful if you have some images in one place and others elsewhere. Or if you’re away from your laptop and want to fix your video.
Simple, clean templates. Some apps lack professional-looking, clean text styles. Or give you an overwhelming number of options. Spark Video has nine basic themes, all of which are solid. You can easily resize text or move it around.
Easy export. Share a link to your video when you’re done, post it to a social platform, or download it to your camera roll.
Tell to add your voice. A large voice button makes it easy to add your own voiceover after choosing images, videos or text for your slideshow.
Prices: It’s free unless you need advanced features. For $10 a month, you get 100GB of storage and the ability to add your own logo, colors, fonts, and branding. The free version works fine for me. For what it offers, the premium plan seems too expensive.
- Add a text title for the start of your video, plus any other text cards you want.
- Choose images or video clips from your phone or computer.
- If you don’t have any images matching your topic, search the app’s free image library.
- Adjust the music or replace it with your own music.
- Include an optional narration to give the video a personal perspective.
- Export and share.
- Try the Noir, Tidal and Statement themes, but skip the Sage theme, with its amateur cursive styling.
- Try alternating text cards with pictures or short video clips for varied pace.
- For work-related videos, use the icons presented as decorative elements sparingly or not at all to avoid clip art resonances.
- When you share a link to your video, it will appear on a page with Adobe branding on it.
- The app lacks special effects or advanced editing features.
- It is best for short videos. If you’re working on something for more than a few minutes, you’d better use one of the alternatives below.
- Quik is another super fast video making app. It merges a video without manual editing if you want to automatically create something from footage on your phone. It’s best if you have your own footage and prefer music video style clips over Spark Video’s more traditional slideshow style. It’s free for iOS and Android.
- Apple’s Clips is an underrated app that comes with the iPhone. It has an unusual editing interface, but has some unique special features, such as adding caption text automatically as you narrate, and being able to add backgrounds to your video without having a green screen.
- Video library is a great full-featured video editor for iOS or Android that includes advanced features that Spark Video lacks, such as color correction, filters, slow motion, gifs, stickers, and animated titles. Despite having many features, it is easy to use. For intermediate and advanced video editors, this works well.
Adobe competitors such as Figma and Sketch have gained popularity in recent years, in part because of their emphasis on ease of use and collaboration. And they are less businesslike. Adobe has responded by creating new products like Spark Video that are great for beginners.
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