The app makes it simple to shoot video and use basic editing features. (Fly)
Aim, shoot and edit on your phone

Video editing is often neither quick nor easy, but Fly aims to make shooting footage from your phone’s camera a little bit of both. The app has a simple look that makes it easy to shoot video — including a built-in reminder to shoot in the horizontal landscape orientation for more professional-looking videos. Users can combine multiple short clips for quick videos and use basic editing features, such as the ability to adjust the volume of each clip individually, for free. They can share finished videos over YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

Fly undoubtedly works best when you pay for additional features that include the ability to trim and reorder clips, add voice-overs or music from a stock library, add transitions or use tools that let you include split-screen or picture-in-picture footage. Those cost $5.99 as a package, and will seriously up the quality of your mini-movies. Ideally, Fly would include at least some of these features in the free version — trimming and reordering come to mind — but the overall quality of the app mitigates some of that high price. Free, with optional add-ons, for iOS devices.

Hayley Tsukayama