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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Educational Value

Teens can learn how to use their phones and tablets to stitch together short video clips to document an event to produce creative videography. They can also browse featured video clips to share and discover interests through the social media-powered interface. MixBit is a streamlined way for kids to capture and share short videos. 

Ease of Play

It's easy to browse featured video clips created by other users and to shoot and stitch together original video from an in-app camera or camera roll. Less intuitive to use borrowed video clips.


MixBit is populated by user-generated video, which may contain violent or simulated violent behavior, so teens might come across clips with these kinds of images. 


Since the app is populated by user-generated video, teens can come across clips that contain bare skin or sexually provocative or explicit images. 


There's no iffy language in the app itself, but teens can stumble across video containing profanity and inappropriate language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

MixBit is populated by user-generated videos, so teens can come across clips that show smoking, drinking, and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MixBit is a social video-creation app designed by the creators of YouTube that, unlike other video-sharing apps such as Vine, Viddy, and Instagram, lets teens blend their original video clips with those created by other MixBit users. Teens aren't required to have a user-generated, Web-based MixBit account to compile original projects, but they'll need one to add borrowed clips to their projects. Facebook or Twitter accounts are required to share and post video creations from MixBit, and linking through those accounts gives MixBit more access to personal information. The app's developers require MixBit users to be 13 years of age or older, and they don't regularly monitor use or review or edit any content that users publish. Teens can stumble across inappropriate content in the app's featured videos, since there's no way to forewarn them unless clips are hashtagged with questionable keywords. Content posted on MixBit may be public, so teens should carefully consider what they share. 

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What's it about?

Teens gather video from three sources: their in-app cameras, clips from their camera rolls, or clips borrowed from other MIXBIT users. Teens then can record, edit, and publish projects ranging from one second to one hour in length. Individual clips can be up to 16 seconds long. Final projects can contain up to 256 clips, totaling one hour. Clips are saved in-app and, if users are registered, to a Web-based MixBit account. MixBit lets teens freely borrow clips from other users and encourages sharing via Facebook and Twitter.

Is it any good?

This social video tool lets teens piece together original video clips with those from other users to create collaborative projects, but teens should always carefully consider before posting. The app shines in three ways: first, with its ability to handle longer video clips of up to 16 seconds; second, by letting teens stitch together up to an hour's worth of clips; and third, through its collaborative, mash-up approach to creating and sharing social videos. Teens can create projects in-app without a Web-based account, but they'll encounter the true powers (and possible pitfalls) of the app if they create one. Similarly, it's only from a Web-based account that teens can add borrowed clips to their own creations. There are no social community features in the app, so teens can't like, follow, or even comment on videos. There aren't even usernames associated with videos, only titles and hashtag keywords. Still, because teens can post to social media sites, it's always a good idea to have "the talk" about digital citizenship and the permanent nature of anything posted online.

The app's themes allow users to spice up projects with various professional-looking treatments. In-app video transitions can make for choppy, sometimes dizzying cuts. Still, MixBit is uniquely great for the ability to create long video projects, and the option to use other people's clips opens up worlds of possibilities for individual and collaborative expression.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the benefits and pitfalls of using social media. Check out Common Sense Media's Teens on Social Media report to find out why social media is such a big part of your teen's life.

  • Encourage teens to follow good Netiquette and consider allowing them a certain level of independence with MixBit. Help kids channel their creativity in positive and productive ways.

  • Encourage kids to produce postiive message in their videos. Emphasizing accountability can help kids think more critically about the media they produce and consume.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: film, photography
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
    Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
    Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 9, 2013
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 22.00 MB
  • Publisher: MixBit, Inc.
  • Version: 4.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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