If we're fans of editing, and the movies we've been shooting lately with our smartphones contain a lot of "downtime" there are some specially made to speed up our videos in seconds. In addition to speeding it up, you can also slow down a video, choosing exactly how much to do it, until you get the desired result. In addition to apps, there are also programs for desktop PCs capable of performing the same operation. In this article we'll find out which are the best programs and applications currently available on the market.
Programs to speed up videos
VLC: If our goal is just to speed up or slow down a video after having already recorded it, we can use the free program VLC, available for Windows, Mac and Linux. However, this program only allows you to view the video at a modified speed and does not allow you to save it. VCL reads any format. Once installed on your system use it to play the desired video without worrying about the format, as VLC reads anything. While the video is playing, just press on the Playback menu, then on the "Speed" item to see a menu appear containing a number of items related to the playback speed.
VideoPAD: is another program to speed up videos that, unlike VCL also allows you to save the edited video, so you can watch it later on any media without editing it first. This program is free and has no limitations for private use. It also has an enormous amount of effects and edits to apply, far superior to the classic Movie Maker used in the past. VideoPAD is available for Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle. There is also a smartphone and tablet version of this program.
Filmora Video Editor: is a program that can help users create professional looking movies. It allows users to speed up or slow down videos as they like. It also offers more than 300 effects to customize movies and make them look impressive with filters, overlays, transitions, titles and animated graphics. After spending some time and experience with the many features, you'll get the most out of this application.
Apps for Speeding Up Videos
On the App Store and Google Play there are plenty of editing softwares you can use to speed up your videos and make professional-looking content with many special effects like slow motion, stop motion, and many more. Some of them are very easy to use even for beginners while others have so many features that they have nothing to envy to the desktop software popular among professional videomakers.
Apps for Speeding Up Video on Android
PowerDirector: One of the best solutions for speeding up video on the Android platform is PowerDirector, an app that features a very intuitive interface and many editing functions. It can be downloaded and used for free but some elements can be installed separately via in-app purchases. In the free version, a logo is applied to the videos produced, but to remove it you need to make an in-app purchase of €5.99.
Hyper Timelapse: among the most important features of this software are the ability to record with a camcorder at normal speed and easy sharing of footage on various sites as well as a highly professional-looking interface for optimal use by all Android users.
Cyberlink ActionDirector: another very comprehensive video editor from Cyberlink. It stands as a simplified alternative to PowerDirector, in fact it includes a few less features but is much more intuitive and easy to use for novice users. You can download it for free, but it watermarks the generated videos and doesn't allow Full HD export. To remove all the limitations, you need to purchase the full version of the app for €4.59.
KineMaster: this is one of the best video editing apps available on Android. It allows you to trim videos, create montages with photos and music, apply filters to videos on your device and much more. You can download it for free, but in the free version, it imprints a watermark on videos that doesn't allow you to use all the filters. To unlock all the features you need to subscribe at a cost of €3.56/month or €28.46/year, or you can purchase the effects and tools you want individually.
Magisto Video Editor & Maker: This app has some really innovative features compared to the average. In just 15 seconds with this app we can edit, speed up and share your videos through our Android device.
App to speed up videos on iPhone
iMovie: is the video editing program included "as standard" on iPhone, iPad and Mac. This tool not only allows you to edit your videos using intuitive multi-touch gestures, but thanks to the integration with iCloud allows you to easily synchronize your projects on all apple devices. As a reminder, iMovie is also available as a free computer app, exclusively for macOS.
Slo Mo Video: Another app that lets you speed up videos with minimal effort is Slo Mo Video. This is a partly free solution available only for iOS devices. This app only provides the user with the tools needed to slow down and/or speed up videos, on the other hand it is very easy to use since it only allows the use of this function. To access the other tools offered by the app, you have to buy the complete package that allows you to control the timeline and speed up videos up to 200%, which costs €3.49.
Video Booth: this app's main feature is AirPlay support. It is also having an attractive and intuitive interface that also gives the possibility to easily share our videos on Facebook, through email and even on YouTube. It has seven video effects to choose from so you can pick the most appropriate one for your project.
Givit Video Editor: This other app is very useful if you are an iOS owner and want to speed up a video file. It does not have any limitation to its functions. Givit Video Editor gives you the ability to edit your footage directly from the camera roll, thus saving you valuable time.
TiltShift Video: The main function of this app is the ability to change the speed of a movie and at the same time simulate time lapse or slow motion.
Apps available for both Android and iOS systems
Videoshop: This is an easy-to-use and feature-rich app. This program can be downloaded on both Android and iOS and Windows 10 Mobile. The Videoshop version for Android devices is free with features to be unlocked through in-app purchases, while on iOS and Windows 10 Mobile you need to pay between €1.29 and €2.99 that allow you to directly download the full version of the app.
Adobe Premiere Clip: this is how the mobile version of Adobe Premiere, one of the most popular video editing software available on Windows PC and Mac, is called. It's not one of the easiest apps to use because of its numerous tools, but with a little patience, you'll be able to understand the different functions available.
Quik: this app is very easy and pleasant to use. It is a free solution provided by GoPro. Quik not only allows you to easily change the speed of your footage, it also allows you to apply more than twenty styles of transitions and effects in just a few clicks.
How to speed up YouTube videos
You can speed up or slow down the playback of a video while watching it online. It's a function that can be very useful if you're watching videos in the original language because in this way you'll be able to understand some of the content better by slowing down the speech. To do this, all you have to do is open a video and click on settings, and from that moment you only have to choose the playback speed and select it. Obviously by default the choice is set to "Normal", but that doesn't prevent us from changing it.
In this article we gained some more knowledge about how the world of videos and speed works. To create eye-catching video clips sometimes you simply need to play with speed. If that's not enough, you can also insert stop points in the video, integrating them with some appropriate effects and music. In this way we'll acquire a basic knowledge to become a video editing professional. Our knowledge, can be used to publicize events, or in the promotion of a brand.