Recording video is one of the great benefits of having a smartphone, but often you want to do more with those videos. There are a lot of apps offering filters and effects out there, so finding one which does what you want or something unique is difficult. Artisto is one of the lesser known video apps which focuses on doing something different.
Hollywood in your pocket
This free app lets you play around with artistic style, with effects that are both slick and professional as well as experimental and fun. If you take videos regularly and want a new, free way to spice them up, this could be ideal. Artisto bills itself as carrying your own Hollywood right there in your smartphone, a pretty bold claim, but in fairness that is what video effects apps are like. This app is aimed at letting you really play with your videos, experimenting with colors and filters to either get the perfect shot or just make something fun to share with friends. This is not a professional level editing app by any means, but it does have a bunch of fun features and it’s free to download. As the app itself says, the full marvel is only revealed when you try it! So you can simply shoot a video with your phone or tablet, then go through the available filters to shake it up. The best filters include an oil painting effect which is very smart, plus a host of drama-adding filters. Inverted colors are fun for getting strange images and a sepia tone is great for making your video look classic and vintage.
A basic offering but quirky
Artisto is not your highest quality app, though in fairness the filters do apply very cleanly. The choice is good but a little limited, plus some users may be surprised that it only works with video, not stills. However, within its area, it produces some great videos. This app is also remarkably easy to use, with a standard but very intuitive interface. The addition of some customization would be nice, like being able to reduce or increase filters, but these are just niggles for a free app. For those who love to experiment and present artistic or expressive videos, this app could come in very handy. Performance is smooth and there’s little to no learning needed. With a ton of potential, this app is worth getting to enjoy any updates which are added in the future.
You will not quite manage to produce Hollywood movies with your phone using Artisto, but you can make some fun videos. The effects produce some quite surprising results, from sleek artwork to crazy, mind-bending special effects. With no price tag and an easy interface, this is well worth trying for video editing fans.