Clips

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Must-have app for making and sharing fun videos, photos.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. The app's help page explains everything clearly, although it's so intuitive the explainers probably aren't necessary.

Violence

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Sex

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Language

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clips includes dozens of ways to enhance and share videos and photos. Enhancements on this Apple-created app include comic book effects, on-screen words (which appear in the video as you speak them), speech bubbles, and music (your own or pre-chosen on Clips). Users can add the extras to videos and photos taken within the app or from their device's photo library. Videos and photos created with Clips can be shared directly from the app via text message, YouTube, and a variety of social media/messaging options. Since the intent is to share creations over social media, the app is best for older kids and teens, but younger kids can get in on the creative fun, too. 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 CLIPS, simply hold the red record icon and begin recording (swipe left to take a photo or right to choose a photo from your photo library). Let go to stop recording (it automatically saves). To add text to the video, tap on the bubble icon and just start speaking while recording; the text of what you said will appear on the screen. Choose from seven filters, and tap the star icon to add fun captions. You can also add in-app "soundtrack" music or choose a song from your own music library. Once your video or photo includes everything you want, tap the send icon to view sharing options and contacts. The question icon leads to the Clips help page, where you can view start-to-finish help on making videos or information on specific features.

Is it any good?

For everyone who's thought of a fun feature that they wish they could add to a video or photo, this app has likely read your mind. It's clear Apple created this video- and photo-taking and -editing app with fun and simplicity as top priorities. Users can make a video or take a still shot within Clips -- no need to go to the device's camera first and then into an editing app -- or they can choose a photo from their device's photo library. The app's choices work seamlessly with other features on your device, such as adding a song from your music library as a video's soundtrack. Clips' user interface is easy and the choices obvious, but if you get stuck, there's a useful help section, too. Though there are plenty of photo-sharing options out there, the easy, fun features set Clips apart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how creativity can be used for good or bad purposes. Is it OK to alter another person's photo using Clips without their permission or add funny-to-you (but potentially hurtful-to-them) words to a video featuring a sibling, friend, or classmate?

  • Encourage your kid to use this app in artistic, clever, and fun ways, rather than for the ever-popular selfie-improvement.

  • Talk with your kid about your family's guidelines for posting to social sites responsibly.

App details

For kids who love photo and video creation

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