Best video recording apps for iPhone – Free & Paid Filming

Video recording apps are the best way to record your what you’re filming on your iPhone, whether that be by creating time-lapse videos of your entire screen or taking advantage of your iPhone cameras quality and creating professional videos yourself.

In this article, we are going to look at the best video recording apps there and look at the different things they do to help them stand out from the crowd.

Best video recording apps for iPhone


The first video recording app that we must talk about is ProMovie. This is a video recording app with an abundance of different features which are tailored towards film makers who have a real in-depth knowledge of video recording and software.

Remarkably, you can use the app without spending a penny (though, there is a premium version of ProMovie recorder you can upgrade to for a few dollars).

When you first load the app up, allow the app to gain access to your camera and you’re all set record. When it comes to iPhone video recording apps, it definitely has one of the easiest setup processes).

From then, you’ll be greeted by a screen which may seem a little overwhelming if you’re just an amateur when it comes to filming.

The screen in question is a video recording screen with all sorts of different features dotted around it. These include:

  • Shutter speed – the amount of time that each individual frame is exposed for
  • ISO – how sensitive your camera is to the available light
  • WB (White balance) – just leave this on auto for the best results
  • Focus – this will bring up a bar which allows you to decide how focussed you want your shot to be
  • Zoom – how zoomed in or zoomed out you want your shot to be

Once you’ve had a play around with these settings, and found your perfect picture quality then we’d recommend that you click the “4k 30FPS” button on the left hand side of the screen.

This will bring up further options, allowing you to amend your aspect ratio, resolution, frame rate and quality. Once you’ve changed these to suit your needs, you’re all set to start recording.

To start recording, hit the red circle on the bottom right hand side of the screen and press the same button once you’ve finished.

Your recordings will be saved within the app and to access them select the triangle button on the bottom left hand side of the screen.

Though there are times when the iPhone won’t play videos or record properly, it’s one of the most reliable ways to record high quality videos with your own editing tools.

And although it offers in-app purchases for you to upgrade, it isn’t a necessity. The ProMovie app is one of the best choices if you want to edit and record videos at a high quality.

FiLMiC Pro

Long considered to be one of the best options for recording videos on iOS devices, FiLMiC Pro is a solid choice with some powerful features.

The iPhone version has a clean user interface that makes it really easy to navigate. Zoom quality is excellent, and the app uses image stabilization to ensure your images don’t come up blurry.

When it comes to smartphone videography, it’s hard to beat. It has easy to implement speed control, slow motion effects, audio sensitivity control, manual focus, various frame rate options and much more.

If you already have a little experience with recording video, then FiLMiC Pro may be the top option for professional videographers looking to make the move over to mobile.


PauseCam is another fantastic video recording app which also focuses on post-recording editing as well as live recording.

It’s a lot more simplistic than ProMovie in terms of all the different settings the latter offers, but that may well be a plus point if you aren’t looking for professional-like app.

Once you’ve opened the app up, and approved the use of your phone’s camera and microphone, you will be greeted with a screen that looks set to record.

To start recording, hit the circular red button in the centre of the screen and then tap it again once it’s moved to the bottom of the screen.

Once you’re done with your recording hit the tick button on the top right hand side of the screen if you want to save it or the cross button on the top left hand side of the screen if you want to scrap it.

You are also able to pause your video and restart it again on PauseCam, a handy feature for all videographers amateur or professional.

To do this, just press the pause button during a video and then the play button which replaces it to restart your video.

As mentioned earlier, PauseCam also focuses a lot on the editing side of videos. Through the app you are able to trim videos down to your desired length and also add filters to videos to make them more exciting.

To trim videos after you’ve finished a recording, hit the higher of the two icons on the bottom right hand side of the screen and then drag your video across the timeline until you find your desired length.

To add filters, hit the other button on the bottom right of the screen once recording is done and select a filter of your choice.

You will notice that in order to save your video at your desired length, and to use the best filters, you will need to subscribe to their premium service, which costs £1.79.

But if you want the ability to record system audio quality, then it’s worth signing up and trying it out.

Record it!

Record it! is a different type of video recording app in the sense that its primary function is to record your screen rather than external pictures.

Screen recording is a really handy tool for people who are wanting to demonstrate something on their phone such as how to use a certain app, or simply if you are wanting to show friends and family something on your phone in a message.

When you open up the Record it! app you are greeted by a large message reading ‘tap to start recording screen’ alongside a red circular button. Without stating the obvious, hit this button and the app will start recording your phone screen.

From here, you are free to browse through your phone as you normally would while the app records what you do. You can then add commentary to your video to explain what you’re doing while you’re browsing your phone.

One really cool features that the app possesses, which is particularly handy for YouTubers, is the ability for the users to record reactions to videos.

To do this, select the ‘react to videos’ button on the homepage of the app and then select which video you want to react to. You can choose from videos that you’ve created on the app, videos on your phone’s camera roll and YouTube videos.

If you’re looking for a completely free recording software, then this is definitely one of the better options. It may not be the best video recording software on the market, but the free version is actually surprisingly good, so it’s definitely worth checking out.


The vast majority of phones these days come with a video recording feature embedded within their phone’s camera app, however, that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a market out there for video recording apps.

The best of these apps tend to go above and beyond to make their app better than the standard video recording app that comes as standard on all smart phones.

To conclude, there are a number of apps out there that offer an excellent video recording service.

The three we’ve discussed in this article are all fantastic in their own right and shouldn’t be compared to one and other because they all offer a different video recording experience.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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