Quik is one of the easiest and most useful apps for mobile journalists, especially if you’re just starting out. It has a user-friendly interface and a number of professional-looking themes. Quik arguably has some of the best text templates out of any mobile video editing apps and works both on iOS and Android.

It’s also great in a breaking news situation. We’ve had many videos go viral on YouTube and Facebook because we’ve gotten the stories out before any competitors can get their videos out. And that’s with video that’s just photos and text.

Example: https://youtu.be/YiqjZEelklQ

So here’s a basic rundown of how to use Quik.

  • Step 1. Download the Quik app from the Play/App Store.
  • Step 2. Select the photos/videos you’ve taken or downloaded (that are not copyrighted).
  • Step 3. Put the images/videos in the order you want them.
  • Step 4. Tap on each individual image/video clip for editing options. You can add text, shorten a clip, change the focus, turn the audio off, etc.
  • Step 5. Once you’re finished adding all the details, select the theme. this will alter how the text is displayed, and the transitions between text/visuals.
  • Step 6. Hit save in the bottom right corner.
  • Step 7. Select ‘Save without sharing’ to save the video to your photos.
  • Step 8. Share it with anyone you want, on any platform.

As much as we love Quik, it does have some drawbacks. The biggest problem is that you can’t put B Roll in your timeline, so it’s a very linear timeline. The other thing you have to be careful about is that some of the music options on Quik will give you a copyright strike on YouTube. The good thing is you can import your own music from the phone to fix that, or you can change the music once you upload it on YouTube through the creator studio back end. We’ll tell you more about the YouTube backend here.

Despite its drawbacks, Quik is still our favourite phone editing app to use and teach people.