Magisto - Magical Video Editor

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to document everyday occurrences and observe how the software compiles clips into a complete and whimsical whole. Teens can use the "clean" theme and select no audio to practice writing a short screenplay, developing choreography, recruiting actors, planning or creating sets, and shooting some footage. For productions more than 2.5 minutes long or control over cuts and transitions, however, teens will need a different tool. Magisto makes video creation fun and quick but automated editing limits learning potential for aspiring filmmakers.

Ease of Play

The app is easy to navigate with big buttons and lots of information.


For Android and iOS, to download an mp4 of your movie(s): $.99 for one single-definition movie, $4.99 for one month, and $17.99 for a full year of unlimited downloads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magisto – Magical Video Editor creates entertaining mp4 videos by matching up its automatic editor with user-generated raw footage, a background theme, a music track, and a time duration. Teens do not have control over cuts, and the final length is limited depending on the commitment you choose: guest, registered, single, or premium. Only paid accounts can download mp4 files of final products. Teens who register can post to YouTube, Facebook with tags, Twitter, or send a link to their movie via email.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLanochka11111 August 23, 2018


The worst customer service ever. My kid accidentally deleted my account and all my subscriptions and I can’t recover it. Wrote to customer service several times... Continue reading
Adult Written byddorfman77 July 31, 2018


WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER. I signed up for a trial and since i used my google account for my login, I wasn't able to cancel my account. It has now been 4... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous April 25, 2015


Okay... they always offer the version that costs, called "Premium". Videos mostly turn out fine. They give you the offer to "share" with soc... Continue reading

What's it about?

From the main Create page, users choose from the device gallery for raw footage or Shoot a Video. Advancing through a wizard-like process, kids choose theme, music, and duration. MAGISTO then automatically edits the footage and assembles the final product. The My Movies page allows users to view their work any number of times. Depending on the package they choose, teens can download their own as well as other videos via the Magisto website.

Is it any good?

Magisto is not a powerful video editing tool, but it does allow teens to make short, fun, and entertaining videos quickly. In four steps, kids can shoot real-time or pull footage from the device gallery or Google Drive, select front or back camera, then choose decorative themes like Mother's Day, a little popular music for the audio, and final product duration. Magisto's built-in video editor selects the best clips and puts it all together in a matter of minutes -- depending on how long the raw footage is -- with very cool results. Mostly clear instructions lead kids along with callouts to explain stuff like waiting for results. Guests or registered users can create and watch any number of videos on their device for free, but to download mp4 files (to play on some other device) a paid account is necessary. Videos can also be created from the website or by using YouTube Create, though packages vary from those presented in the app.

Confusing and lengthy in-app FAQs (avoid these) and differences between the iOS, web, and Android versions (no share albums with the Android version) are compounded by instructions to download additional apps that do not actually exist on the app store. Downloading mp4s is easy but also easy to miss: On the My Movies page, select anywhere outside the arrow/play icon in the middle of the movie panel to bring up a particular movie's page with the Save to Gallery button (select to download your mp4).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Offer constructive critique or simply encouragement depending on your teen's needs.

  • Research age-appropriate video competitions online.

  • Consider buying an advanced video editing tool if teens max out simpler tools.

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