Adobe Spark Video: Movie Maker

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Create pro-quality video stories with this exceptional tool.

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Educational Value

Producing new content, creativity, digital storytelling, conveying messages effectively through social media.

Ease of Play

Extraordinarily easy to use. Guides users through every step with clear instructions and options. Inspiration videos provide ideas.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adobe Spark Video: Movie Maker is a free, powerful presentation and story creation app. Though a tech-savvy kid could use this app, it does require an account (either social media or Adobe), so it's best for teens to use independently or for a kid to use it with a parent's help. Teens can use this app to create brief, professional-looking presentations, slide shows, and video trailers for social media, school projects, and business promotion, and just for fun. Typed text, voice narration, icons, music, and more can be added to the videos and still images. Projects can be synced across all devices via your Adobe account and shared via social media and websites. Access to premium features require a $9.99/mo. subscription. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To USE ADOBE SPARK VIDEO: MOVIE MAKER, first log in with Facebook or Google or sign up for free. Watch the brief video tutorial. View other featured projects on the app for inspiration. To begin a project, select a theme or start from scratch. Add a video or image, and then edit the video to the preferred length. Add text, voice-over, icons, music, and more as you create more slides to complete your project. Once you've finished, view what you've created at any stage of the process. Share your project.

Is it any good?

This exceptional video story creator is easy enough for beginners, but it can make anyone look like a pro. Adobe Spark Video: Movie Maker empowers teens (and adults) to make their own videos with text and voice overlays. Users receive plenty of guidance and inspirational examples about how to craft a compelling video story, not just one that looks good (although they look great, too). Adobe Spark Video: Movie Maker is a truly awesome tool for digital storytelling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a presentation such as the ones created on Adobe Spark Video: Movie Maker compelling. Is it the images? The typed text that explains what the viewer is seeing? The music?

  • Talk about fair use of images, videos, and songs with your kid, and about giving credit where credit is due. Remind your kid to ask permission of anyone who is in a video or image that they want to include in their presentation.

  • The terms of use for Adobe Spark Video require kids to be 13 to use the app, but there are other creative app options available. Check out Common Sense Media's Best Creative Apps List for choices for kids age 2 to 12.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
  • Skills: Creativity: producing new content
    Self-Direction: academic development
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
    Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (subscription for premium features $9.99/mo. to $99.99/year)
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  • Release date: March 10, 2018
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 178.60 MB
  • Publisher: Adobe
  • Version: 3.1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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