The good news is that Microsoft has a slick-looking video editor for Windows Phone. The bad news is that unless you have Windows Phone 8.1, you can’t use the app yet.

Video Tuner Windows Phone 8.1
photo: Microsoft

Video editing on a smartphone has become second nature on Android and iOS handsets. And if Microsoft has anything to say about it, it will on Windows Phone too: The company introduced Video Tuner for its operating system on Wednesday.

Video Tuner on Lumia

The new app, which can be found for free in the Windows app store, works with Windows Phone 8.1 and adds a number of editing features for video captured on a handset: You can apply filters, add music, trim, crop, rotate, mirror flip and change speeds of your video, for example. Exposure, contrast, color saturation and volume can also be adjusted in Video Tuner.

Since the app requires Windows Phone 8.1, few phones today can actually run it. Aside from installing the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft hasn’t yet released the software as an update. There are a select few new Lumia handsets shipping with Windows Phone 8.1 and many more to follow in the near future though. If you can’t install Video Tuner as a result, here’s a short look at what to expect.

  1. Now this is a breakthrough.

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  2. Crashes at startup with my Lumia 1520 (I have tried with two), “works” on Lumia 920 but often crashes while saving…
    I continue to prefer Movie Maker 8.1
    Does not crash, and I can create video from multiple images/mp4, apply transitions and upload to Instagram and YouTube for real.

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