5 Best Apps for Instagram Stories Video Editing

Step aside, Scorsese. There’s a new video wiz in town! 

Gone are the days where non-linear video editing programs were expensive, inaccessible pieces of software that too few were able to use.

Nowadays, with so much video content being produced, video edit apps are popping up left, right, and centre. But which should you use?  

Video editing need not be difficult, especially if we’re talking about Instagram Stories video editing. While your Instagram Stories may not have the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, they still deserve your time, respect and attention. And the good news is many Instagram video editing apps aren’t too difficult to pick up and start cutting. 

We’re all used to editing photos for Instagram, but video can often trip people up.

If you’re looking to get some footage on to the cutting room floor, sooner rather than later, here is a list of our five best apps for Instagram Stories video editing.  

1. InShot

If you’re unfamiliar with InShot, you’re missing out on a powerful, pocket-sized video editing app. Designed for both iPhone and Android, InShot is perfect for someone looking to edit videos on the go. Whether you’re on the train, catching some rays down at the beach, or simply sitting in bed, InShot has the power and features to get videos done quickly. 

There are, however, drawbacks to an on-the-go editing app. InShot is never going to match the power and features of a program like Premiere Pro, but it’s not meant to, and it doesn’t need to. Plus, you can edit photos and make collages, too, all with just your thumbs.

Best InShot features:

  • Adjust frame sizes to suit your feed, Stories, or IGTV
  • Offers a variety of cool effects
  • Packed with free music to use in your videos
  • Slow and fast motion controls
  • And so much more!

Wondering how much all this pocket power is going to cost you? Well, InShot is reasonably priced, and there’s even a free version. To unlock everything InShot has to offer and remove the watermark that comes with content produced in the free version, all you have to pay is $4.39AUD/month, $13.99AUD/year, or you can purchase the app outright for $42.99AUD.

Overall, InShot is a great app for people starting out making and editing videos. There are loads of features, and it’s a great way to produce quick, creative content while learning a thing or two about video editing.

2. Premiere Rush

Unlike its big brother, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Rush is free to use. All you need is a free Creative Cloud account. It’s also included with Adobe’s Premiere Pro plan and a full Creative Cloud subscription. 

The edge for Premiere Rush over an app like InShot is its support on all devices, meaning you can use it on the go on your phone, on your laptop, or on your PC at home or the office.

Best Premier Rush features: 

  • 2GB of cloud storage included with free plan
  • Directly compatible with Premiere Pro
  • Can optimise exported videos for all social platforms
  • Includes some built-in transitions, filters and fonts. 
  • We mentioned it’s free, right? 

The biggest benefit of Premiere Rush is the fact that it’s an Adobe product. Chances are, if you’re interested in video editing, you’ve heard of Premiere Pro. You may have even used a few other Adobe products, like Photoshop, in the past, so the learning curve shouldn’t be so steep.    

3. Boomerang


We couldn’t possibly write about the best apps for editing Instagram Stories video editing without mentioning Boomerang, or as it’s now known: Boomerang from Instagram. Yes, Boomerang is an Instagram product, and it’s a seriously fun one. But is it actually video? The answer is yes … and no. 

Boomerang works by allowing users to make their own GIFs and “videos” by combining a series of 10 images. Simply choose the 10 images you want and let Boomerang do the rest, creating an engaging loop. Boomerang is  the perfect app for brands taking a run-and-gun approach to Stories. It’s particularly effective for covering behind-the-scenes events and unveiling new products. 

Best Boomerang features:

  • Seamless integration within Instagram
  • No exporting required 
  • Log in with your existing Instagram account
  • Automatically saves your videos to your camera roll

When it comes to Boomerang, it’s hard not to recommend it to just about everyone and every brand. If you’re looking to make engaging content in a matter of seconds, no other app does it quite like Boomerang. Plus, it costs absolutely nothing. Boomerang is available for iPhone and Android users. 


4. Magisto 

Magisto gets a spot on our list because of how unique it is. You see, unlike any of the other editing apps on this list, Magisto is an editing tool that uses artificial intelligence to help you create social media videos. Crazy world, right? 

Magisto works in three easy steps: 

  1. Select your photos and videos 
  2. Choose your editing style
  3. Select your soundtrack  

Then, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and let the AI do the rest. 

Best Magisto features:

  • Option to include animation
  • Automatic video creation 
  • Supports HD resolution 
  • Plenty of filters to choose from
  • Nice analytics 

Unfortunately, Magisto isn’t free. They do, however, offer a variety of monthly and yearly plans

While definitely not for everyone, Magisto allows you to produce quality video without spending a lot of time and effort to do so. It’s a great choice for small businesses lacking the budget for more expensive video production. 

5. Horizon

This next app is a bit of a different … perspective. When most people think of Instagram Stories, they naturally think of vertical video. But sometimes vertical isn’t what you need. What happens when you don’t want to use all of the vertical space that Instagram allows purely for video? Enter Horizon.  

Through what we can only imagine is the dark arts or some kind of voodoo magic, Horizon shoots horizontal video, no no matter how you hold your phone. 

Even if you check this one out based on curiosity alone, that’s fine. But we’re willing to bet you’ll find Horizon useful in more ways than one. 

Key Features:

  • It’s literally always horizontal 
  • Features real-time filters
  • Upload directly from within the app 
  • Slow and fast motion available
  • Shoots up to 2k resolution

Outside of Instagram Stories video editing, if you’re looking to keep your videos consistently horizontal across all platforms, Horizon might just be what you’ve been searching for. 

Honourable Mentions

We couldn’t include every Instagram Stories video editing app on the market in this list, but here are a few honourable mentions worth checking out:  

  • iMovie
  • Clips 
  • WeVideo
  • VSCO
  • FilmoraGo

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5 Best Apps for Instagram Stories Video Editing