Ideally, you have your kit with you whenever you need to shoot video for your company. Realistically, this isn’t always possible. Whether you’re at a conference or special event, have the unexpected opportunity for an interview with an industry expert, or are simply in the right place at the right time for capturing excellent video content, expert and novice filmmakers alike should consider keeping these inexpensive apps in their tool kit. Each can make your on-the-fly video production life a little easier, allow you to be creative when the time calls for it, and quickly share an important moment from your company in an impactful way. If you’re an Android user, check out our Android Edition of 6 under 5.

1. 8mm

8mm App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“Forget the iPhone camera app. This is the way to go. Think of Hipstamatic for video.” – Sarkmachine
Price
$1.99
Why We Think It’s Cool
This inexpensive and extremely easy-to-use app produces a unique, professional look to your videos that can compete with any videos out there. In fact, Swedish Director Malik Bendjelloul relied on 8mm when he ran out of money to finish shooting and processing his film, “Searching for Sugarman” which in and of itself is pretty impressive. Did we mention this film also just won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature?
Compatible Devices
iPhone (5/4S/4/3GS) and iPod Touch (with video camera), iOS 5.0 or later
Languages
English, Chinese, Japanese

2. iMovie (for Your iPhone or iPad)

iMovie App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“I love this app. It’s easy to edit my videos. I really wish that you could speed up or slow down the video, though.” – Woxallex
Price
$4.99
Why It’s Cool
Convenience and organization are the name of the game here. Much like the desktop version of the app, the mobile version of iMovie lets you edit your videos and add music and transitions to your videos. Doing this on the fly is key for those of you who regularly film your videos remotely. For those of you who usually film in the same location, consider mixing up your online video offerings (your audience will appreciate it) and know you’re in good hands with this app. It is worth noting that many reviewers, like the one we quoted above, have asked for more editing abilities. Still, we say this app makes a videographers’ life easier so it’s worth the price tag.
Compatible Devices
iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (4th generation), iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3g, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wifi + 4g, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wifi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini WiFi + Cellular, Optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
Languages
English, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

3. Directr

Directr App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“Directr is so easy and lots of fun. Can become addictive. You find yourself wanting to make new shorts every day.”– AnjaliSingh
Price
Free
Why It’s Cool
We think that even the most expert video maker can appreciate an app that makes her job easier. Touted as the video app for anyone, it takes the headache of editing out of the equation and is especially useful for new videographers. Not to be left out, expert filmmakers will find this app especially handy when time is simply not a resource at your disposal. Tack on the fact that it’s free and, well, it’s hard to argue that it shouldn’t be in your video on-the-go arsenal. For new and longtime videographers, we suggest using Directr to capture your team at conferences and special events then sharing, in real time, with your online audience.
Compatible Devices
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Languages
English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

4. FiLMicPro

FiLMicPro App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“For the price and what it does, there is absolutely no reason not to give it less than 5 stars. Amazing applications. I’m using it with iPhone 5 and iPad 3, the Makayama Movie Mount, the Encinema SLR adapter and a vintage Pentax prime lens. I get some amazing footage. People can’t believe the footage I get with an iOS device.”– Leonabi76
Price
$4.99
Why It’s Cool
This app, with its nice, clean user interface and straightforward manual
controls, does an excellent job of keeping the professional video maker in mind. It gives the shooter much more manual control than many of the apps out there by allowing you to choose the optimal settings for your video (depending on what it is you need to shoot) and to choose from four different resolutions and corresponding bitrates. By incorporating features such as a customizable slate and color bars, this app ensures you maintain professional quality control of your video once you’re ready to head to the editing room.
Compatible With
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Languages
English

5. Givit

Givit App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“Finally there is an app that makes it super easy to create cool videos on my iPhone from multiple clips. Love the slow mo for all my sports videos.”– Jasper 27
Price
Free
Why It’s Cool
Givit has been around for some time with a focus on video shareability but they made our cut because they have recently evolved and now include video-editing capabilities that make it easier for users to polish their videos before sharing them. There are also some fun features such as nuanced transitions, changes in speed, instant replays, and the ability to add music (your own or from the small Givit library) so that each video you produce on the fly still has your unique style.
Compatible With
iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Languages
English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish

6. Splice

Splice App Screenshot

What People Are Saying
“I absolutely love this app! It pretty much does everything. I’ve used iMovie, ReelDirector, and Splice and Splice seems to do the job. Plus, you can fast-forward and slow down your videos (unlike other video editors)”– xbrittney
Price
Free (ad supported) or $3.99 (no ads)
Why It’s Cool
According to their website, “your only limit is imagination” when it comes to using this video creation and editing app. Splice allows you to assemble video clips, music, photos, visual effects, text, audio mixing, and to provide creative expression, along with exacting synchronization of sound effects and voice-overs. Splurge for the $3.99 option to avoid annoying ads and never look back.
Compatible With
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Languages
English

We know there are plenty more inexpensive apps for videographers out there and we’d love to hear your favorites! Share with us here or on Twitter (@SproutVideo).

Written by Laci Texter

SproutVideo blog contributor. You can follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Posted April 17, 2013

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