The Best Video Color Grading Apps for iPhone and iPad

Let loose in your color grading playground with these top 5 iOS and iPad apps.

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Color grading is an exciting practice of patience, skillful tinkering, and an eye for a vibe. Creating stellar looks for either photo or video is a fun way to craft a visual experience, while still maintaining a level of artistic integrity. While advanced artists might defer to larger software programs, like Adobe Premiere or DaVinci Resolve, there are excellent, more simplistic applications made entirely for the beginner in mind. In fact, you don’t have to be a beginner to use these applications, as many of them utilize more manual controls for a precise edit. The advancements made readily available on iOS and iPad these days are stellar, and we’re here to help steer you in the right direction. Whether you want a quick edit for Instagram, a revised workflow on-the-go, or a simplified way to grade your footage — below are our top 5 favorite apps to do just that, enjoy!

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To Know:

This app has everything a color-loving cinematographer might ever need, hovering at the top of our list. One will be able to manually control shutter speed, exposure, ISO, focus and zoom, and also edit your footage to get the best video compilations. Beginning at a very reasonable price, this app will allow you to craft delicious basic color grading to any video clip, including their coined “Firstlight Film Emulations” for mobile photos.

What We Love:

Accelerated Workflow

The Cinematographer Kit optional in-app purchase for FiLMiC Pro on iOS and Android provides mobile shooters with an insanely powerful FLAT and LOG shooting experience that maximizes dynamic range for unparalleled control in post-production. With the release of our official deFlat and deLOG LUT pack you can now quickly convert your footage to a rec.709 color space and instantly take advantage of increased dynamic range.

Compatible w/ Other Apps

The official FiLMiC Pro LUT pack uses the .cube format which ensures it is ready for use in Adobe Premiere Pro; Davinci Resolve; Final Cut Pro X; and other industry standard editing solutions for desktop. Prefer to edit on the go? The FiLMiC deFlat and deLog V2 LUTs are pre-bundled with LumaFusion and Video LUT on iOS making grading on mobile a breeze.

Good Price

Professional-level controls for an insane price point; available on iOS and iPad.

The Details:

Brand: FiLMic Pro

Price: Starting at $14.99

Product Type: App

Best For: Medium to high-level professionals needings an on-the-go mechanism for manual controls.

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To Know:

Made by filmmakers, Grain is your new tool for making your own, pro level presets. It starts with the workflow, we made Grain super fast to import, create, and export back into your favorite editing app. The user experience is as simple as editing a photo, using your fingers to dial in the texture, color, grain, light leaks, and overlays you want. Our library of effects are dialed, giving you a starting point to making your own video look. We even made it simple to save, update, and modify your work.

What We Love:

Super Fast

It makes it so that your workflow expedites itself tenfold.

From Professional to Beginner

Made for all creatives alike; from beginner to professional.

More Granularity

Controls to tinker with an existing look to your liking.

The Details:

Brand: Moment

Price: Free; Starts at $4.99

Product Type: Video App

Best For: Filmmakers, they need tools to get a job done… making great content. Photo Preset Makers, they make / use photo presets and are now getting into video. Socially Curious Creatives, super creative who tinker, try, and want to stand out.

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To Know:

One of the more popular editing apps for iOS and iPad — Darkroom offers stunning editing features for both photo and video. Their level of easy integration between camera roll and the application itself makes workflows simple. There are existing presets users may use for slight quick tweaks to mobile videographers, making it a breeze for those just starting out. You won’t find lift, gamma, or color wheels that you might expect for typical color correction, but you’ll find RGB curves and a host of sliders to make tinkering easy. You have exposure, color temp, and tint, which alone can get you most of the way to correcting a video clip, plus more tools to create almost any creative look you can think of. You can also insert the video to add borders and work in whatever aspect ratio you need for social media.

What We Love:


Simplicity

The app strongly correlates with beginners in need of quick fixes for tinkering.

Amazing Integration

Your workflow is made easy with camera roll and application integrations.

Variety of Exportations

You have complete control over metadata when exporting, and you can even add custom watermarks. Exports are simple, videos can be rendered to H.264, or H.265, in the source video clip resolution but at a percentage of its source bit rate.

The Details:

Brand: Darkroom

Price: Starting at $4.99

Product Type: Editing App

Best For: A populace group in need of quick edits on the fly.

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To Know:

VideoGrade is a fast, easy to use, color grading App for iOS. Whether you want to radically change the look of your videos or subtly enhance them, VideoGrade has the tools you need.Even better, VideoGrade is now able to process your photos and live photos too. It offers exactly the same functionalities on all of the devices and the user interface looks beautiful on all of the existing screen sizes and orientations. VideoGrade provides more than forty different adjustments grouped in fourteen categories that can be used with your videos, photos or live photos. All the adjustments are extremely flexible and can be applied for subtle corrections or to cause dramatic changes to your video’s look. VideoGrade also includes a preset functionality that lets you save your favorite adjustments, give them a name and re-use them quickly with any of your videos. All with just a few taps of your finger.

What We Love:

4K Rendering

VideoGrade’s smart rendering engine takes advantage of the latest technologies included in iOS 10 to process videos incredibly fast.

Universal


VideoGrade is a Universal App, meaning that you can enjoy it on any of your iOS devices, but you only need to buy it once.

Includes Tilt Shift Effect


TiltShift Video is a fast, easy to use, Universal App for iOS. It provides all the necessary tools to turn your videos or pictures into awesome miniatures with the incredible Tilt-Shift effect.

The Details:

Brand: VideoGrade

Price: Starts at $5.99

Product Type: Video Grading App

Best For: Creatives needing a more fast, quick color grading tool for their footage. Simple, yet efficient.

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To Know:

Prequel is a fan favorite amongst creative influencers and young folk who want to make it look like their footage came from 1975. Focusing primarily on aesthetics and fancy overlay features, this app is extremely fun for just about anyone. Input light leaks, hundreds of various effects, pops of color to mimic old cameras, VHS looks, and more. I’ve used this app over the years for fun personal projects and Instagram posts, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how realistic their features are. Props to their engineering team!

What We Love:

The Fun Never Stops

800+ effects and filters to match any style.

Keep Up With Trends
Like creating amazing 3D moving pictures without any hustle. Add any trendy effect you want.

Manual Adjustments

While there are automatic overlays, looks, presets, and effects — they include various tools to tune your content and get the exact result you need.

The Details:


Brand: Prequel Inc.

Price: Starting for Free

Product Type: Aesthetic Editor for Photo and Video

Best For: Instagram connesouiers, influencers, trend setters, and regular ‘ole creatives wanting a fresh, quick twist on beautifying your footage.

How We Tested

Our team, specifically our stellar app team and talented filmmakers, know the ins and outs of what it takes to properly color grade your art. Be it industry research to know what controls take priority over the other, or the knowledge of color ways by tinkering for years and years — they know what makes a good app over a mediocre one. I talked with our team members for their say on their favorite apps, and after testing each one on my phone with a silly clip of my dog running through a sprinkler, I’d say they are correct. Thanks to this team for their outpour of wealthy knowledge!

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