A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
LOMOTIF – MUSIC VIDEO EDITOR is a social media platform where kids can create video clips or picture compilations using the app's video editing tools, music collection, GIFs, and effects. There is a tutorial on how to use Lomotif under settings. The guide explains how to drag the slider to trim videos, how to use pinch and zoom while editing, and how to delete or duplicate clips. Animated stickers, text, and filters are just a few of the options kids will have to choose from when editing their clips. The scratch feature allows kids to edit videos to mimic the sound of scratching a record. In order to create personalized content, the app requires access to the device's photos and camera. Kids have the option of choosing material from their camera roll or shooting material directly through the app. They can also share their camera roll with friends for them to use in their videos and vice versa. Linking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts under settings allows kids to get material directly from those social media sources. All work is saved under the user's profile, can be downloaded to the device, or shared. When sharing, kids can caption their work, and they have the option of making it private by checking the "for my eyes only" box. Otherwise, the video clip is shared openly, is displayed in followers' feeds, and can be searched based off of the hashtags in the caption. In the community component, kids can see other members' video clips, find and follow friends, and share content. The featured feed is an ongoing reel of video clips representing a wide variety of material. Kids can sort through clips using hashtags, or they can type into the search box to get videos that address their interests. They'll also be able to like and comment on others' videos, in the same way that members can like and comment openly on any material they post publicly. The app currently doesn't offer a way to report inappropriate or offensive material.
Is it any good?
This solid, fun video editor has lots of cool features teens will love but plenty of mature content. Teens who enjoy creating content will find Lomotif – Music Video Editor to be a fun platform full of cool ways to edit material in order to create original clips. It offers a pretty comprehensive collection of GIFs, animated stickers, filters, and other editing effects. The music collection is also on point. Trending music is listed, and songs are organized by genres and topics, making it easy to sift through the wide collection. Kids can play with video or compile pictures to create content, which provides more options. The scratch editing feature is fun, creating a music video with quirky movements and pacing. The app definitely offers enough options to keep users entertained and creative juices flowing. The "features" feed, "following" feed, and ability to search content using hashtags also provides kids continuous access to other creative minds.
Sharing via Lomotif has its pros and cons, which depend on how comfortable families are with social media and sharing features. The app offers kids the option to share their camera roll with friends so that they can co-create content or their friends can use their material to create clips. Families may be justifiably wary of kids openly sharing their camera roll with others or vice versa. And sharing so easily to other platforms can also pose some concerns for families. It's an open platform where people express themselves freely, but some content may be too risky for kids or younger teens. There are clips that celebrate use of alcohol or drugs, or are overtly sexy. There's no filter or oversight on comments. Profanity, unfriendly language, and/or provocative language appeared frequently in comments. Also, there's no clear way to report inappropriate or concerning material. Overall, Lomotif – Music Video Editor is an awesome tool for creating content and playing with images, but the community component is best for mature users who can sift through all the risky material.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to use social media responsibly when using Lomotif – Music Video Editor. Discuss family expectations for social media use and guidelines for what teens can share and view. What's OK to post? What's not OK?
Talk about ways to incorporate pictures, videos, music, GIFs, and other effects to create original content. Great ideas often surface through conversation and collaboration.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase to remove watermark for $4.99)
- Release date: May 26, 2019
- Category: Photo & Video
- Size: 189.20 MB
- Publisher: Lomotif Private Limited
- Version: 2.4.19
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.3 and up
- Last updated: December 10, 2020
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