KineMaster is a video editing application that brings a full suite of editing tools to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. Designed for productivity on the go, KineMaster delivers the ability to create professional video content without requiring a laptop or desktop computer. The intention of this document is to deliver clear, helpful information for new users while still retaining technical merit for professional users and developers. If you spot an error or have constructive feedback, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KineMaster is currently available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The requirements, as of the latest revision of this document, for each operating system are listed below. For the latest compatibility information, please visit the KineMaster website.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
KineMaster requires iOS 9.3 or newer and a 64 bit (A7 or later) processor.
KineMaster requires at least Android 4.1.2, but works best on 4.2 or later. Due to the large number of Android devices, it is not possible to list every supported device. Device capabilities and performance are tied to the type of chipset (also called the System on a Chip, or SoC) used in the device.
A good rule of thumb is that the video recording and playback capability of the device should be at least twice that of the video you want to edit. In other words, if you want to edit 1080p 30fps video, the device should be able to handle at least 1080p 60fps video. This is because KineMaster provides a real-time editing preview, which pushes the limits of the device far beyond simply recording or playing a video.
For the best performance, and to make use of Video Layers (Picture-in-Picture, Split-Screen, and Chroma Key), a device with one of the following chipsets will offer the best results. Note that this list is not exhaustive; other chipsets may be supported as well. In addition, this information is for the most general case for each chipset; performance and support may vary depending on the specific device you are using:
For 4K Editing:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 835
- Huawei Kirin 655 HiSilicon 6250
- Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895
- Xiaomi Surge S1
- Nvidia Tegra X1
For UHD (1440p) Editing:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 810, 820
- Note: Some variations of the Snapdragon 808, 810, and 820 chipsets may support 4K editing, but most only support UHD.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890
It is important to know that many popular phone and tablet models are manufactured in multiple configurations, using different chipsets. So if you are planning to buy a device specifically to run KineMaster, please carefully check the chipset in advance.
Please note that Marvell and TI OMAP chipsets are not supported and, due to technical limitations, there is no future plan to add support.
Although you can use KineMaster with many other chipsets, please be aware that we can’t make any guarantees whether it will work, so video layers may not be available and you may experience reduced performance in some cases. Please keep this in mind before making any buying decisions in terms of a mobile device if you need it to run KineMaster.
Hardware Performance Analysis: If KineMaster doesn’t have a built-in performance profile for your device, a popup offering to run a Hardware Performance Analysis will appear when you start the app. This process takes several minutes to complete. After running a hardware performance analysis, there are three possible outcomes in terms of the number of supported video layers and maximum import/export resolution. You can check the results by going to the Device Capability Information screen, accessible via the gear icon on the KineMaster project list
- Improved Performance: This means the analysis revealed that your device is capable of better performance than the initial “guess” made by KineMaster. In this case, you may have options for more video layers or higher import/ export resolution. These improved numbers will appear in the Device Capability Information screen available via the gear icon on the project list screen.
- Unchanged Performance: This means the analysis revealed that the initial guess made by KineMaster was correct and your device performance matches the expected performance. In this case, there will be no change in the number of video layers available or the import/ export resolution, but you can still view the capability information in the Device Capability Information screen available via the gear icon on the project list
- Reduced Performance: This happens in very rare cases, however for the few users who experience this, here is some advice.
There are two possible reasons why this can happen:
Another app may have interfered with the analysis. Restart your device, ensuring no other apps are running, launch KineMaster and re-run the Hardware Performance Analysis. To do this:
- Restart your phone or tablet
- Start KineMaster (don’t run any other apps before this)
- Select the gear icon on the project list screen
- Choose “Device Capability Information”
- Tap the “…” menu in the upper-right corner of the screen
- Choose Run Analysis Now.
- After the analysis completes, if you still don’t experience improved results, it means most likely the initial performance guess was wrong.
KineMaster Subscription Benefits
KineMaster is a paid application, supported by a subscription model. Having subscribed active users allows KineMaster to not only continue to be developed and expanded with new features, but also makes it possible to continue to support the latest devices and operating system versions as they become available.
You can use KineMaster as much as you like before subscribing, but all of your videos will have a “Made with KineMaster” watermark. Subscribing to KineMaster removes the watermark from the video, as well as providing additional benefits.
Specifically, subscription benefits include the following:
Priority Support (Annual Subscribers Only) – Skip to the front of the line when you need help! Expedited support places you in front of all of the free customers, reducing wait times for support. To receive expedited support, tap Help on the KineMaster main screen, and then select Email Support, and follow the steps provided within the app. Note that inquiries related to billing or other payment-related issues are always expedited regardless of your subscription status.
Premium Content – Access premium content in the Asset Store, like music, sound effects, stickers, and animated overlays! (In the Asset Store, subscriber-only assets are the items are marked with the Premium label). Though all features are available for free, some have premium settings as well.
No Watermark – Subscribers don’t see the “Made with KineMaster” watermark in the app or after exporting videos. Note that if you already shared videos prior to subscribing, the watermark will be “baked in” on those videos; simply export them again after subscribing to remove the watermark.
Ad Removal (Android) – Android subscribers will see ads removed from the application. For more information on subscriptions, please visit the relevant store for more information.
Upon opening KineMaster for the first time, you’ll be presented with several options. Tapping the New Project button in the centre will allow you to start a new project. The red Asset Store button the left will take you to the KineMaster Asset Store. The red YouTube button on the right will take you to our popular KineMaster YouTube channel.
The transparent white buttons, from left to right, will open the KineMaster Settings Menu, the Help Menu, and the Project Assistant. Please note that the Project Assistant is only on Android devices.
On Android, there are two methods to start a new project: Selecting an Empty Project, or using the Project Assistant. On iOS, only the Empty Project option exists.
Starting with the Project Assistant (Android)
KineMaster can help you to get from raw video clips to a polished, publishable video in just a few taps! The Project Assistant can guide you through making wonderful themed videos quickly. Note that even with the Project Assistant, you still have full control over your projects.
- Tap the Project Assistant button.
- Enter a name for your project and tap OK.
- Tap on videos and images in the media browser to add them to your project. Tap Next.
- Tap on a theme to choose it. Tap Next.
- Enter the Opening, Middle and Ending text titles to appear in the project. Tap Next.
- Tap a category on the left to choose music. The Music Assets and SFX Assets options allow you to use stock music provided by KineMaster; if you have not downloaded any stock music, these will prompt you to visit the Asset Store.
- Tap Add (the Plus button) to insert the music you want into your video project. Tap Next.
- At this point you may edit your video using the standard KineMaster interface. Refer to Basic Project Editing for more information on editing your project.
- When finished, tap Share to export your finished video to your gallery, YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox, or other services.
Shared videos can usually be found in the device’s export folder (usually KineMaster/Export/)
Starting from an Empty Project
Starting with an Empty Project gives you full control over your video right from the start.
- Tap New Project to create a project.
- Tap Media. You can select video, images, or backgrounds for your project.
- Tap Record to record directly from your device for use in your project.
- Tap Audio. You can choose from recordings or music from your device.
- Tap Voice to record a voice-over for your video.
- Tap Layer to add a variety of items to your project.
- Tap Asset Store to access the KineMaster Asset Store, where you can download a variety of additional items to enhance your project, such as royalty-free music, fonts, overlays, sound effects, animations, and more.
- Refer to Basic Project Editing to learn more about editing your project.
- When finished, tap Share to export your finished video and save it to the Camera Roll or Gallery, or to share it via, YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox, or other services.
Android – Shared videos can be found in the device’s export folder (usually KineMaster/Export/)
iPhone and iPad – Unless Camera Roll is specified upon sharing, shared videos are held within the KineMaster app, which can be accessed through iTunes – File Sharing – KineMaster.
KineMaster Settings in iPhone
Tap Settings to access settings for the entire application. The following items will be displayed.
About My Account – Displays information about you account type (Pro or Free). If you are using the free version of KineMaster, this screen is one of the places where you can purchase a monthly or annual auto-renewing subscription. For users who do not have access to a credit card and/or reside in a country where a Google Play gift card balance is not usable for subscriptions, we also provide a one-time 30-day pass, available for purchase only on this screen. If you have received a KineMaster license key (from a volume license or enterprise purchase) or a promotional code from a trade-show, contest, or other event, please do not enter it on this screen. Unless otherwise directed by KineMaster support staff, license keys and promotional codes should be entered at https://kinemaster.com/promo. For more information please see the KineMaster Tip at the end of this section.
iOS Settings (iPhone/iPad) – This setting will take you to the iPhone/iPad Settings application. There you’ll be able to give KineMaster permission to access your photos, microphone, camera, and more.
Device Capability Information (DCI) (Android Only) – This screen displays information about your device, as well as its editing, sharing, and video layer capabilities. Note that video layer capabilities vary with available export resolution.