How to use KineMaster – Full Tutorial

KineMaster is one of the best video editing app for Android. In this article you will get to know how to use KineMaster and how to edit a video from start to finish in KineMaster. Editing a video in KineMaster is very easy and simple, so let’s get started.

When you first open KineMaster, this is the home screen you will see. I’m using an Android device, but the process is the same on an iOS device, and I will point out any significant differences between the two operating systems along the way.

Front page layout of KineMaster

To use KineMaster, remember these useful options.

Front page layout of KineMaster
Front page layout of KineMaster

This large button in the center is to start a new project. The Left button is to buy elements that you can use in your video.

The gear icon at the bottom left is for Settings. The middle button with a question mark is for help and support and the last button on the right is for the KineMaster Asset Store.

The Asset Store has additional resources which can be downloaded to use in your videos. If you already have projects started, those will appear here too.

To start a new KineMaster project, tap on the plus icon. Then choose the aspect ratio of the video. On iOS a new empty project will open immediately, while on Android we can choose to start with an empty project, or the Project Assistant

Choose aspect ratio of video
Choose aspect ratio of video

Step 1: On the right-hand side tap on the Media Wheel for adding media to your project. At the top tap Media to open the Media Browser where you can add images or videos to your primary media track.

Step 2: Next is the Layer button, you can be use this button to add images, video, graphics or effects that appear on top of your primary media track.

Step 3: Next, if you want to include your voice in your video, tap on Voice button, which lets you record your vice for your video. Tap on the start button when you are ready to record your voice. You can also use this feature for voice over.

Let’s add our first clips to the project.

Step 4: Tap the Media button, then a section of multiple folders will open. Then tap on that folder in which you have stored your video. You can that in that folder that, you may have both images and videos. The icons at the bottom left of the thumbnails show you whether it’s an image, or a video.

How to Edit Video in KineMaster
How to Edit Video in KineMaster

Step 5: You can tap on a clip to add it to your timeline. Or, long press on a clip for more information.

Step 6: Tap on the image/video to add that to your project. You can use the trash icon to delete the clip in KineMaster.

Once you have selected the media that you want, press the check mark in the corner. The media that you have added to your project will appear on the Timeline. The Timeline contains media clips in a sequence.

How to Edit Video in KineMaster

The Playhead shows you what time you are at in the video. With a pinch-to-zoom motion, you can zoom in or zoom out on the timeline. Use play button to play through your video.

Options Panel

When you select a clip on the timeline, the option Panel will open. This panel contains options specific to that clip.

For example, you can mute the audio on this clip. You can tap the speaker icon for audio options, then tap this little speaker above the audio slider to mute the audio.

Press the left arrow next to the option title to go back to the Options Panel, or press the check mark if you are done with the Options Panel.

Action Bar Options in KineMaster

Action Bar Options in KineMaster
Action Bar Options in KineMaster

On the left side of your screen, you can see an Action Bar which lets you to undo, redo and share your video.


At the top is an Undo button, and below that, a Redo button. The Share button gives you options to export and share your finished video.


The Settings button gives you options for the project you are working on. This Expand button allows you to see more of the timeline, which is handy when you have several layers in your project.

Jump Button

This Jump button moves the playhead to either the beginning or the end of the timeline. To use KineMaster’s jump button, tap on the last option of action bar.


Action Bar Options in KineMaster
Action Bar Options in KineMaster (iOS)

iOS users will notice that the action bar is slightly different.

In place of the Export and Share icon is this Help icon that looks like a question mark. When you activate this, you’ll see helpful tips on the screen. The Export and Share icon is moved to the top right corner of the screen, and the Return to Project icon is at the top left.

Action Bar Options When You Select a Clip on the Timeline

  • The Action Bar also changes when a clip is selected.
  • This first icon gives you options for capturing a still frame of the media on the timeline.
  • The trash can deletes the selected clip.
  • Menu gives you options for duplicating the clip.

Action Bar Options When You Copy a Clip on the Timeline

If I duplicate this clip as a layer, you’ll see that the action bar changes again. Now this menu contains options for the layer order, as well as duplicating the layer.

  • There is also an option to pin this layer at its current time.
  • This key icon brings up an animation panel.
  • Then you can also add some additional media clips from my favorites folder.

I will tap Media, and then Favorites. Then I will tap on the clips that I want to add to my timeline. When I am done in the Media Browser, I will tap the check mark. Then I will jump back to the beginning of the timeline to start editing.

How to Trim a Video in KineMaster?

One of the first things you will want to do with your clips is trim them to only show the best parts. There are a couple ways to do this. To use KineMaster’s video trimming option, just follow the below mentioned steps.

Tap on any clip > scissors icon
Tap on any clip > scissors icon

I will select the clip on the timeline, and I can drag on the yellow handle at the beginning and end of the clip to adjust the in and out points.

The other way to trim a clip is from the Options Panel. I will tap on the scissors icon, and as you can see, there are more options here for trimming and splitting the clip.

  • The first option will trim off any part of the clip that is to the left of the playhead.
  • The second option will trim off anything to the right of the playhead.
  • Tap the third icon to split the clip into two parts.
Trimming a video in KineMaster
Trimming a video in KineMaster

Extract Audio splits the audio from the video so that you can edit it separately on the timeline.

Split and Insert Freeze Frame splits the clip at the playhead, and inserts that frame as a still image.

You can reorder media on the timeline by long-pressing on a clip, and then dragging it to the position that you want. The next thing that you can do is add transitions between your clips.

Adding Animations between the clips

Adding Animations between the clips
Adding Animations between the clips

Tap on the box between each clip to add a transition. Transitions are grouped by style, and there are even more options in the Asset Store.

Some transitions offer additional options once selected. Tap on the animation that you want to use in your project, the animation that you’ve selected will appear on the timeline. Use the slider to change the duration of the animation.

How to Add Text to The Video

To use KineMaster’s text feature to give your video a title, just add a layer by following these steps.

Tap Layer and then Text, then press OK.
Tap Layer and then Text, then press OK.

The first thing you can to do is scale up the layer by dragging from the corner.

Then you can change the position of the text by dragging it up on the screen.

Next, if you want to change the color of the text, tap on the for Color Picker.

The Color Picker contains history of recently used colors, as well as a standard color palette. Tap the icon to use RGB sliders.

Adjust text settings
Adjust text settings

The slider at the bottom of the picker changes the transparency of the text.

The font options are sorted into different categories, and you can also find more options in the Asset Store by tapping here.

Scrolling down in the Options Panel, you will see that there are more options for the text. A shadow has been enabled on this layer by default.

The last thing I want to do with this text layer is add an In and Out Animation.

You have to long-press and drag the clip forward. Then scrub towards the end of yoir clip, select your layer, and trim to the right. Now you can add In and Out Animation. You can choose different types of animations like ‘Fade’.

You can use the slider at the bottom to set the duration of the animation to 0.5. Then go back to the Options Panel, and choose Out Animation. Choose animation again, setting the duration. Then tap on the check mark.

You can use the jump button to go to the beginning of the timeline, and then all the way to the end.

How to Add Audio/Music in Video

Adding music in your video in KineMaster is very simple. So if you want to do add a music track to your video, follow these steps.

Go back to the beginning of the timeline, and on the Media Wheel, tap Audio.

This audio browser shows folders on your device that have audio files. The Music Assets folder at the top shows songs that you have downloaded from the KineMaster Asset Store.

  • To get more tracks, you can tap the Asset Store icon in the corner of the screen.
  • You can preview and download music tracks or sound effects.
  • Select the track by pressing plus icon and then press the play button to preview the track.
  • The track that you have selected, will appear on the timeline

When you select the track, tap on the check mark button on the top right corner. You will also get the option to preview that audio file as well. Just tap the play icon.

You have to tap the check mark to exit the audio browser. Selecting the audio track will open the Options Panel for your audio file.

Options Panel for your audio file.
Options Panel for your audio file.

To adjust the volume, tap on the speaker icon. Use the slider to raise or lower the volume.

When you feel like you have finished all the editing process with your video, I recommend playing it back to make sure you did not miss anything. When you exit the editing panel a thumbnail of video will appear on the homepage of KineMaster, if you tap on the video the preview will look like this :

Exporting project from KineMaster
Exporting Project From KineMaster

The other options you have from this screen are to export your project, duplicate your project, or delete the project.

Tap on the Export or Share button, and by doing this you can save the video in gallery, or upload to YouTube, Facebook, Google Plus, or Dropbox. The export process is similar on iOS.

Tap the Export and Share icon, and in this case we will choose the video quality and frame rate next.

Export Project From KineMaster

Exporting project from KineMaster
Exporting project from KineMaster

Once the video is exported, you have the option to share it. So now you may have a pretty good idea of how to edit a videofrom start to finish in KineMaster and you may use KineMaster to edit professional quality of videos.

Watch this video for better understanding.

I hope this article has been helpful to you, if yes, then don’t forget to share this guide – How to use KineMaster.

Thank you so much for reading this article.

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