VidMaker - 3D MovieMaker for Kids

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Make videos starring robots for fun, learning, or both.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to make 3D videos and presentations. By choosing robots as characters and premade backgrounds for their videos' settings, kids can set the scene for a story or presentation. Then they can add drawings, spoken dialogue, images, animations, multiple-choice questions, and more.

Ease of Play

Easy to use, although some of the features -- such as the quiz maker or the ability to delete slides -- may require some trial and error for younger users to understand. There's a simple tutorial at the beginning of the app to help kids make their first video. Icons and prompts guide kids through every step of the process.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VidMaker - 3D MovieMaker for Kids uses robots as the main characters in the videos that kids can create with step-by-step guidance. The robots can speak dialogue kids write, and the robots appear against backgrounds, sounds, and illustrations kids choose. Kids can add emotions and visual animations to the videos. Users cannot record live video on this app, but they can add photos that they take using their device's camera as well as images from websites. Since it was originally designed for schools, teachers can post assignments, and kids can post their videos to a shared community page. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To make a video using VIDMAKER - 3D MOVIEMAKER FOR KIDS, first tap on Student, Teacher, or Parent, depending on who's using the app. Enter the requested personal information (name, gender, and grade for students) and watch a quick tutorial. Tap Create a Vid and give it a description. Design the title screen, and choose a 3D background and your robots. Frame by frame, enter photos, drawings (stills or animations), and choose sound effects and music. Type what you want your robots to say in the text boxes, or create multiple-choice quiz questions. Tap on the next frame to add another scene, and watch the video when you're finished. Send video to a parent or teacher; keep it private or post it publicly.

Is it any good?

For kids looking to make simple videos with premade characters and other built-in options, this app is a winner. As long as kids, parents, and teachers approach VidMaker - 3D MovieMaker for Kids with the understanding that they can't make action videos starring real people, this app offers a lot of creative storytelling options. What's not to love about creating videos starring robots of your choice who can speak dialogue you create for them? There's also an interesting array of publicly shared VidMaker videos (some created by VidMaker staff and others by users) that kids can get ideas from for their own video creations, and they can learn some educational content from some of these videos, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to use VidMaker - 3D MovieMaker for Kids to create cool videos. Encourage your kid to think of a storyline and title before creating the video. 

  • Review some of the publicly posted videos together, and talk about what kinds of videos your kid may want to share with the community.

  • The multiple-choice question is a cool feature. Talk with your kid about what makes a good multiple-choice question.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 1, 2017
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Topics: Robots
  • Size: 180.00 MB
  • Publisher: Galxyz
  • Version: 1.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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