Videoshop review: Full of features, but lacks a polished interface

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Videoshop is packed full of useful features and gets frequent updates. You can use the app on both the iPhone and iPad.

The Bad The interface can be confusing and doesn't tell you how to use some of the tools.

The Bottom Line Even with the UI issues, you'd be hard-pressed to find another video editing app with more features than Videoshop.

$1.99

8.6 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 10.0
  • Interface 7.0
  • Performance 8.0

Videoshop Video Editor gives you tons of editing tools that let you do just about anything to a video. And more features keep arriving at a steady pace; since the app rolled out just over a year ago, it has been updated 15 times.

With apps that constantly evolve, it can be difficult to judge at any one time whether they're worth $1.99 (also available for £1.49 in the UK and AU$2.49 in Australia). But in this case, the many features and the developer's clear commitment to making the app better, make me definitely say yes.

What is this video editor missing?

In short: Not much.

The list of features for tweaking and stylizing your videos is exhaustive. You can add filters and video effects, text overlays, apply styles or themes, do voiceovers, music, sound effects, splice and trim clips, add photos, crop both photos and video, speed up or slow down a clip, apply a slow-motion effect, play a clip in reverse, capture stop-motion content, adjust exposure, copy clips, and add transitions.

With a list like this -- especially on a smartphone -- I'm hard-pressed to think of another feature I would want in a video editing app.

Creating

Creating a video in Videoshop is a straightforward process. Launch the app, capture or import content (you can use both video and photos), edit, and publish. Immediately upon launching the app, you're taken directly into the main editing screen.

A scrollable row of editing options sit just above the clips at the bottom of the screen. Selecting any of the listed options brings up its respective controls, where you can then apply, preview, and save or cancel the changes. I found the tools to be responsive, with a little delay from the time of selection to the tools being present.

Performance

The only negative issue I experienced occurred when I was using the Display editing feature. After adjusting the brightness and contrast of a video clip, I tapped "Save" and watched as the progress bar moved across the screen. I waited while the app applied the adjustments, but then the progress bar stalled out at the 99 percent mark (I'm only guessing that's where it stopped since there's no numerical representation). After letting my the progress bar sit for roughly 2 minutes, I canceled and restarted the process. The second time resulted in the adjustments being successfully applied in mere seconds.

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