Video Star

App review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Great tool for creating music videos; some sharing concerns.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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.

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.

What 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.
 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byCher70 April 22, 2016

No child rating

I found out after my daughter using this app for many months that she has access to unrated internet videos by going through the love heart button!!!! Give it a... Continue reading
Adult Written bymartina muzzio February 7, 2015
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 October 9, 2012

Fun

I like it. It's fun and creative. :D
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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Arts: acting, choreography, dance, film, movement, music
  • Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
    Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
    Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
    Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
  • 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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