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Cameo app review: a simple and powerful video editing tool

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Introduction

With all of the video and vine editing apps that you can find in the Apple App Store, one would think that it would be easy to find an app that allows you to create high-quality videos. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The majority of video editing apps you find in the App Store are either full of distracting ads or produce videos of very poor quality.

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Fortunately, there are some exceptions to this rule and Cameo, by the makers of the popular app Vimeo, is one such exception. It contains some simple to use tools that make it easy to create lasting video memories in seconds. Cameo is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Cameo - Video Editor and Movie Maker

Free

Great Video Memories

The best video editing apps in the App Store are usually fairly expensive and the free ones are often a waste of time. What most people want out of a quality video editing app is the ability to add nice background music, simple effects, and in some cases captions where appropriate. You can do all of these things with Cameo and it doesn’t require a lot of previous knowledge in video production to create stunning videos.

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Not only is the Cameo app easy to use, if you do have any doubts about any of its functions there’s an excellent FAQ section that will walk you through every step of the process. The user interface is simple, very functional and is completely free of add clutter and pop-ups – which are common in most free video editing apps. They do ask you after you’ve created a video to share a positive review if you’ve liked the results, but they’re not overly pushy about this request. The Cameo - Video Editor and Movie Maker app will require 81.4 MB of available space on your iOS device.

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How It Works

You can use the Cameo app with your existing Vimeo account, your Facebook account, or you can simply use it without signing in to either of these – the choice is yours. I think that’s one of the biggest appeals of this app in general, there’s nothing forced on you.

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When you’re ready to create your first video, you simply tap on the create new video button in the middle of the screen, choose one of the videos from your existing camera roll, and tap on import to move it into the app for editing. Your video will then begin playing and you’ll notice three different tools you can use on the bottom right corner of the app for editing purposes. The icon that looks like a pair of scissors will actually allow you to cut the length of the video to the size you want – this allows you to trim off any excess that you don’t want to include in your final production.

You’ll also notice a musical note icon and if you tap on this you can choose a musical backing track from your video from dozens of different categories and each category contains 20 or more different tracks to choose from. It really is amazing the amount of choice you have here and all tracks are available for you to use for free. You can also control how loud the background track is – it can be rather prominent, or simply faint in the background.

The last tool available to you is an icon that looks like three overlapping circles; if you tap on this icon you can choose a different theme for your video. Essentially, what you can do with the themes is change the tone of your video's appearance by bringing out different colors or even using a black and white video if you prefer. There’s quite a selection of options here as well. Once you’re finished creating your video, you can simply save it to your device, upload it to Facebook, or send it via text or email.

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Cameo - Video Editor and Movie Maker

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Do not require any previous knowledge of video production
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Creates high-resolution videos
  • Includes three different editing tools with lots of choice
  • Multiple sharing options

Cons

  • Nothing bad to say about this

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Final Words

Cameo is one of the best free video editing apps you’ll find in the App Store. This app is simple to use and full of powerful features that will allow you to create stunning high-quality videos that you can share with your friends and family. If you’ve been looking for a great video editing tool, look no further than Cameo.

Cameo - Video Editor and Movie Maker

Free
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Rick is a longtime freelance writer covering a wide range of topics from sports and travel to health and fitness. Rick has written for many premiere outlets like CBS and LiveStrong. In addition to his exciting role with Apppicker.com, Rick can be found at his Travel Blog CalExplornia.com.