GoPro, Inc. is without a doubt one of the most popular brands among action camera enthusiasts, but despite the fact that the company's shooters are generally meant for the outdoors, they don't really offer much in terms of mobile editing software for smartphone users. Fortunately, this changed yesterday with the introduction of two brand new mobile video editing applications for GoPro users.
Yesterday GoPro announced the release of two mobile applications called Quik and Splice. The apps have been developed following GoPro, Inc.'s acquisition of Replay and Splice – two leading mobile video editing apps – in February 2015, and aim to offer "ultra-convenient and powerful mobile editing solutions to GoPro and smartphone users worldwide". Quik is the new mobile editing application for Android OS and iOS, whereas Splice has been released only on the Apple App Store. Quik beta was released last month but now the first public build has been made available, offering a fast and easy way to edit GoPro content using one of 28 video styles with unique fonts, filters, graphics, and transitions. The app also allows users to add emojis, custom text, and soundtracks to videos, and last but not least, Quik has been designed to "surprise" users with "ready-to-watch videos made from related moments on your mobile device" every Sunday, so even if you don't actively use the application for video editing, you may still end up with a nicely edited video each week, which can then be shared on Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks.
While Quik may be a quick answer to your mobile editing needs, Splice is a more complex application enabling users to "edit like a pro", according to GoPro. The application gives more manual control over video editing, with tools for trimming, filters, slow-motion and more being one tap away. Unfortunately, although Quik is available on both Android and iOS for free and with no in-app purchases, as yet Splice is an iOS-exclusive application available only for iPhone and iPad users. With that being said, Android and GoPro enthusiasts will have access only to a limited set of video editing tools compared to Splice (iOS) users, but it's still better than nothing and hopefully the release of Quik represents only the beginning of GoPro's involvement in the Android mobile scene. Either way, you can grab the app on your Android device by clicking the Google Play button below.