What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animoto Video Maker is an easy-to-use slideshow creation tool that connects to the Animoto website. Teens can create 30-second video slideshows with the option to download their creations or share via email, text message, and social media networks. Longer and HD slideshows are available with paid in-app upgrades and subscriptions. Animoto stores all the videos users create within the app and on users' auto-generated account page on the Animoto website. User pages at the Animoto website are private and only accessible if the user shares a video's URL. Animoto requires users to be 13 or older.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- making new creations
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Teens will enjoy using their device or web-based account to collate photos and video clips into customized video slideshows. The app's interface is well designed, straightforward, and engaging.
Unique video slideshows are easy to make with Animoto. Kids organize and stylize their experiences, then geek out on their finished presentations and share them via social media.
There's an obvious starting point, and users walk through steps to create new video slideshows, so it's OK that there's no in-app tutorial. Helpful FAQs are in the settings and on the Animoto website.
What's it about?
Teens select a template, a song from their device or from the app's music library, and their own photos, video clips, and text. The free version limits slideshows to a maximum of 12 photos or video clips. Slideshows save automatically within the app and in the user's auto-generated account on the Animoto website, and are private unless the user shares them. Teens can download slideshows to their device. Sharing options within the app include Facebook, Twitter, email, and text message. On the Animoto website, users can share to the whole gamut of social media sites.
Is it any good?
ANIMOTO VIDEO MAKER is a great tool for teens to create slideshows with their own photos, videos, and music. Compiling and uploading a 30-second slideshow is fast, and sharing it is even faster. Kids and parents can document any event together -- a family vacation or holiday, an art project, a graduation or recital, or just an everyday walk in the park -- then in minutes create and share an impressive video slideshow.
What sets Animoto Video Maker apart from other popular media-creation apps is that it's safer for teens -- Unlike Viddy or Instagram, users cannot connect to each other on the Animoto website nor within the Animoto app. In addition, there is currently no way to search the Animoto website to see uploaded videos. That said, the app involves uploading content to the web, which may or may not remain private, and it encourages sharing on social media. Teens should think carefully about what they include in their Animoto slideshows and where they choose to share them.
Families can talk about...
Talk with your kids about possible topics for a video slideshow, such as documenting a school science experiment, family vacation, or art project.
Make sure your kids understand the responsibilities and consequences of making video slideshows public on social media sites.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Subscription price:||Animoto Plus $5/month; Animoto Pro $39/month|
|Release date:||July 20, 2012|
|Category:||Photo & Video|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up|