VideoFX Live

Common Sense Media says

Freemium tool allows easy creation and sharing.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

VideoFX Live has a straightforward interface and is easy to use, especially for those with video and media sharing experience. Teens choose a special effect and title (if desired) and start shooting video -- the app does the rest of the work. Sharing VideoFX Live creations is also easy, with just a few taps of the screen. 

Violence

Teens may see other people's comments if they post their VideoFX Live movies to social media sights like Facebook and YouTube, so they may encounter violent comments like suggested fist fights or the use of weapons.

Sex

Teens may see other people's comments if they post their VideoFX Live movies to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, so they may encounter comments suggesting sexual acts or the mention of body parts.

Language

Teens may see other people's comments if they post their VideoFX Live movies to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, so they may encounter profanity or hateful comments. 

Consumerism

VideoFX Live is a "freemium" video creation tool. In-app upgrades include extra special effects packages, such as multiple split screens and borders, for $1 each. VideoFX Live has in-app links its sister app, Video Star

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens may see other people's comments if they post their VideoFX Live movies to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, so they may encounter suggestions of drug, alcohol, or cigarette use. 

Privacy & safety

VideoFX Live does have some privacy issues, although sharing via social media is optional -- but likely. First, teens can email their VideoFX Live movies directly to contacts in-app. Second, teens can upload to their videos to Facebook or YouTube in-app (both social networks require users to be 13 years old, and YouTube login requires a Google account). If teens post directly to YouTube, they can choose to make videos public, private, or unlisted (where only people with the URL can view the video).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that VideoFX Live is a fun video creation tool that allows teens to make original movies on their iOS device and share via email or social media. What's notable is VideoFX Live's numerous onboard video special effects, with upgrades available in-app. VideoFX Live records both video and audio and automatically stores movies in-app. Teens can save their VideoFX Live creations to their camera roll, upload directly to Facebook or YouTube, or send via email. While this app doesn't have a minimum age requirement, Facebook and YouTube do, so VideoFX Live is best for teens who understand the responsibilities of sharing images through social media.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • acting
  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Communication

  • presenting
  • multiple forms of expression

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • respect for others
  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fantastic for creating stunning original videos easily, using sophisticated technology. Special effects and a titles toolkit load quickly, so there's little down time. Perfect for creative kids on the go, and loaded with sharing features.

Learning Approach

Shoot video and exercise creativity with this powerful video productions tool. Add pizzazz to original movies with onboard special effects and titles. Teens can practice online safety while sharing videos via email and to social media sites.

Support

Teens can save their VideoFX Live creations to their camera roll, upload directly to Facebook or YouTube, or send via email, giving them an audience for, and possibly feedback on, their creations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • acting
  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Communication

  • presenting
  • multiple forms of expression

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • respect for others
  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to shoot video and use creative skills to sequence scenes with a variety of special effects to make fun movies. VideoFX Live encourages the use of social media. If teens choose to post their creations online, they can practice online safety by understanding the responsibilities and consequences of making images publicly available on social media sites. VideoFX Live offers kids a fun way to create original videos and, if they're 13 and older, a way to practice smart and safe online sharing.

This Learning Rating review was written by Kim Alessi

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

VideoFX Live is a video creation tool to make original movies on an iOS device and share via email or social media. The app has onboard video special effects (with more available for purchase). Teens can select a special effect and add a title, if desired, then shoot video. VideoFX Live saves everything in-app and allows teens to upload directly to Facebook or YouTube, or send via email. VideoFX Live is powerful video tool and is best for those who understand the responsibilities of sharing images through social media.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

VideoFX Live is a great app for creating original videos and is easy to use. The app's technology is sophisticated and gives teens powerful tools to make stunning movies. What makes VideoFX Live stand out is its great in-app special effects and titles toolkit -- they load quickly, so there's little down time when making a movie. It's the app to have on hand to shoot just about anything -- a walk through the park, family celebration, school field trip, or just an afternoon hanging out with friends. In minutes, teens can create an impressive, original video and share with family and friends.

VideoFX Live has some privacy concerns, but less so than with similar apps. Teens have the option to upload their VideoFX Live movies to the web, and the app encourages sharing on social media. Teens should think carefully about what they include in their VideoFX Live videos and where they share them. Teens also need to consider the ramifications of copyright infringement and avoid sharing videos of movies and TV shows.

Families can talk about...

  • Brainstorm with your kids about possible topics for a movie, such as documenting a school science experiment, family vacation, or making an entertaining movie just for fun.

  • Make sure your teens understand the responsibilities and consequences of making a video public on social media sites.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 1, 2012
Category:Other
Size:25.30 MB
Publisher:Frontier Design Group
Version:1.9.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 January 18, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Fun video-making app

This app (which was created by the people who also made VideoStar) is really fun. You can create your own movies and use fun special effects. It's a bit educational because it gets your creative juices flowing. The only problem parents may have with this is that you can watch other videos people have posted, which might not be appropriate. But you don't have to watch these videos, of course
What other families should know
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 April 2, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Fun

This is a fun app. I haven't used it for much, because I don't really know what to do, but it has potential of being awesome :D
Teen, 15 years old Written byAnthony poles November 11, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

What should come next

I think you should be Abel to record your screen on the iPad like bandicam for PC so you can post on youtube esiar and add fx too

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