Review InstaShot No Crop Video Editor for Instagram
Easily create square format videos for Instagram
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: tested on 02 Jun 2015 on
Interesting functionality, various features, simple interface
Not powerful enough, old fashioned design, is lagging
InstaShot No Crop Video Editor for Instagram for Android is a simple video editing app that takes widescreen videos and adds a border to create square format videos for posting to Instagram. It offers a host of easy to use tweaks and filters ideal for novice users.
InstaShot No Crop Video Editor for Instagram displays in portrait and landscape, depending on what you're doing with it. Basically, it encourages you to shoot new videos in landscape while the rest of the app functions in portrait. Right off the top, the app opens to prompt you to shoot a new video and I saw no option to work with an existing one. Once you have a clip to work with, the app moves into editing mode, automatically placing white letterbox style borders around your landscape video to create an Instagram friendly square shape. You can change the color of the borders to anything that suits you, alternatively, you can also square up your landscape video by... cropping it, leaving you right back where you started from, and defeating the purpose of this app.
There's a short menu along the bottom of your screen with icons for, Trim, Fit (crop), Blur BG, Music, Background, Rotate and Flip. Pretty much all the controls are self-explanatory, and there's really nothing complicated, making this ideal for novice users. Naturally, there's no sense cropping your videos, however, it's nice that the feature is there, and you can at least decide where the crop will happen. The music tab is nice because it allows you to add audio clips to your videos via your music library or just add the royalty free InstaShot theme.
InstaShot No Crop Video Editor for Instagram is a simple video editor that's easy to use and you can share your creations via Instagram or save them to your gizmo.