Video Star

 
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Learning(i)

Great tool for creating music videos; some sharing concerns.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Video Star's interface is less than intuitive and takes some practice to master. There are no in-app instructions and none archived at the app's support web page. The quickest way to get help with Video Star is to watch one of its numerous task-specific how-to videos available on YouTube (which are made both by the app's developer and by fellow users). Users can also email the app's developers directly with questions or feedback.

Violence

Kids can access other Video Star users' music videos in-app, so they may encounter violent images like fist fights or weapons.

Sex

Kids can access other Video Star users' music videos in-app, so they may encounter sexy images like bare flesh or kissing.

Language

Kids can access other Video Star users' music videos in-app, so they may encounter a song that has profanity or hateful language.

Consumerism

Video Star is a "freemium" music video creation tool. In-app upgrades include individual special effects (such as advanced auto-stop, green split screen effect, crazy party effect) for $1, and a title toolkit effects package for $1. VideoStar has in-app links to Facebook, Twitter, and its sister app, VideoFX Live, as well as links to Top Video Star Songs of the Week. Here, users can preview or purchase songs (with a credit card), which are saved to their music library.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids can access other Video Star users' music videos in-app, so they may encounter images like underage drinking, cigarette or marijuana smoking, or illegal drug use.

Privacy & safety

Video Star has some privacy issues. First, teens can upload to their videos directly to YouTube from the app, which requires them to log in to Google (they'll need to be 13 or older to have an account). If teens post to YouTube, they can choose to make videos public, private, or unlisted (where only people with the URL can view the video). Second, teens can post their video's YouTube URL to Facebook or Twitter in-app, or email it to contacts from the app. Third, teens can also "Like," email, or subscribe to another person's Video Star music video or YouTube channel — and vice-versa, if teens make their videos public. Sharing via social media is optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Video Star is a fun music video creation tool that allows kids to make original music videos for songs on their iOS device and share them via social media or email. Video Star records video only, and not audio, with numerous onboard special effects and upgrades available with in-app purchases. Kids get a unique music video of them dancing and lip synching to their song of choice, but not with their own voices. Video Star stores creations in-app, and kids can save them to their camera roll or upload to YouTube where a URL is generated to share via Facebook, Twitter, text, or email. Kids can access other Video Star users' YouTube video creations within the app, so while the app doesn't have a minimum requirement, it's best for teens who can grasp the app's somewhat involved interface -- and the responsibilities of sharing via social media.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • acting
  • choreography
  • dance
  • film
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Create original music videos from songs in a device's music library. The app's technology is sophisticated and gives teens powerful tools to direct -- and be the stars of -- their own music videos, with many sharing options, too.

Learning Approach

Shoot video and synchronize dancing, acting, and lip-synching to songs from your music library. Sequence scenes with a variety of special effects. Teens can practice online safety while sharing videos via email and to social media sites.

Support

Basic tutorials guide teens through the app's key features. Teens can save creations to their camera roll, upload directly to YouTube, or send via email, giving them an audience for, and possibly feedback on, their creations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • acting
  • choreography
  • dance
  • film
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to shoot video, synchronize movements (dancing, acting, singing, etc.,) to music, and use creative skills to sequence scenes with a variety of special effects. Video Star encourages the use of social media. If teens choose to post their Video Star creations online, they can practice online safety by understanding the responsibilities and consequences of making images public on social media sites. Video Star offers kids a fun way to create original music videos and, if they're 13 or up, practice responsible sharing online.

This Learning Rating review was written by Kim Alessi

What's it about?

Kids begin by selecting a song from their music library, then shoot video with or without effects. Users can "cut" at any time to make distinct video scenes. When shooting starts again, the app plays back the previous bit of the song, along with a 3-2-1 countdown screen, before it starts recording video again. This lets kids shoot numerous scenes while keeping the music and video in sync. Once the music video is done, teens can upload their creations to YouTube and share that URL in email or on Facebook or Twitter, all within the app.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Video Star is a great app for teens who want to create original music videos. The app's technology is sophisticated and gives teens powerful tools to direct -- and be the stars of -- their own music videos. While a little confusing at first, Video Star's interface is very responsive, and the onboard special effects and filters load quickly so there's little down time while making a video. Imagine Video Star at a slumber party, school field trip, or just on an afternoon hanging out with your friends, or even by yourself. In minutes, teens can create an impressive, original music video and share with family and friends.

Video Star gives teens the option to upload content to the web, so there are privacy concerns, and it encourages sharing on social media. Teens should carefully consider what they include in their Video Star music videos and where they share them. Teens should also think about the ramifications of copyright infringement since, ultimately, the soundtrack to their Video Star music video isn't their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Guide younger kids in the process of planning and shooting music videos, and offer to serve as the camera person.

  • With older kids, discuss the responsibilities and consequences of making music videos public on social media sites, and of using another artist's music as part of their own music video.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 10, 2012
Category:Photo & Video
Size:25.00 MB
Publisher:Frontier Design Group
Version:1.8.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 October 9, 2012
 

Good, easy, and fun

This app is great! It's fun and easy to use. There are some effects you have to pay for but many are free. This app is great for kids; however, there are a few concerns. You can save videos to YouTube, as well as watch others' videos. To have a YouTube account you must be 13+. Some of the songs/music videos can be inappropriate, but it depends. It's okay for kids as long as a parent is with them when they watch videos posted by other users.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 October 9, 2012
 
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Fun

I like it. It's fun and creative. :D
Teen, 17 years old Written bybalqishiveray April 7, 2013
 

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i want to edit all memory of us in a video star
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