InShot – A video editor for Android and iOS

Since the introduction of Panopto at the University of Sussex, our contemplations have been on video. Panopto gives an extraordinary stage for delivering not only lecture capture as well as any video.

Current cell phones make it simple to shoot video and if you have an iPhone or iPad, Apple’s iMovie and the simpler Clips give strong choices for editing the footage. For the enormous number of staff and students utilizing Android devices in any case, the decision isn’t so clear. In my search I came across InShot, a simple, intuitive video editor which works across iOS and Android.

About the App

Inshot lets you rapidly edit together video shot on your phone or acquired from different devices. Including text is simple and there is a decent choice of music which can be included for free. You can see an example of a video edited on Inshot here:

Example video from InShot

InShot makes it simple to change the video shape for various Social Media without having to re-edit (something which can be an issue with different editors).

The free version of the software lacks transitions to smoothly change from one clip then onto the next however this is a minor issue and in general it is extremely simple to use.

Example image

Editing in InShot. Change InShot has controls to trim video clips, change the speed and mirror the image, among others.

Is this application free?

Indeed. InShot works a freemium model where it is allowed to create basic videos however you pay for further advanced features and stock media.

Which devices it will work on?

InShot has versions for both Android and iOS.

Where can I get the app?

InShot is available for Android on the Google Play Store or from the App store for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Ideas for using InShot in learning and teaching

There are a lot of users for video in educating:

  • Staff can produce short lecture presentations for a flipped way to deal with teaching.
  • Editing together Khan Academy-type explainer videos for basic skills.
  • Students can create short revision videos to recap and help them to remember key points in a lecture.
  • Students video presentations for developmental assessment.

What are the alternatives?

  • PowerDirector. PowerDirector is the go to Android application for better quality editing. While not as intuitive as InShot it gives a wide set of features, for example, the ability to layer video, add transitions. The free application is limited to exporting the lower definition 720 video.
  • Adobe Rush. Adobe are well known for their media production tools and in 2019 they released Rush. This is available free to University of Sussex staff as a major aspect of the Creative Cloud license. Students can buy a license at a reduces rate.

For iOS you also have the Apple options:

  • iMovie. Apple’s original editor for iPhone/iPad. Now includes advanced features like green screen.
  • Apple Clips.

How do I share videos created with InShot?

Once you have created a video you need a way to share it and this is where Panopto comes in.

The Panopto app provides an easy way to upload your video to be shared.

  1. Open the app and login to the University of Sussex account.
  2. Select the ‘upload to cloud’ icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Select the relevant module folder.
  4. Finally choose the video to upload.
Panopto App.

Select the ‘cloud icon’ top right to upload videos in the Panopto Android app

With any video, always remember to add captions for those unable to access the audio.

Panopto will create automatic captions anyway it is likely you will need to correct them so do make time for that. You can read more about adding captions in our post: Focus on Panopto: Editing recordings

Want more help and info?

If you have further questions about video for teaching please do get in touch at [email protected].

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