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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Flixpress is a site for creating videos using templates. Production templates range in price from free to about $5. Kids can have plenty of fun with the free stuff, but if they want more, upgrade transactions are handled via PayPal or credit card (gift cards and codes are available). Flixpress encourages sharing projects through social media, email, and YouTube, but the choice to share is left to the movie maker. Video projects are royalty-free and Flixpress retains the right to use them for publicity.
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What's it about?
Once kids register and verify their email address, they're free to browse and preview templates (video photoshow, animated promo, ads, jokes, and more). Customization options include titles, choice of pre-selected audio tracks, resolution, and hosting options (upgrades cost a dollar or two each). With video photoshows, kids upload the template's required number of photos, arrange their order, write captions, and crop them if needed. When finished, Flixpress processes the video and puts it in the user's account to view, share, or download.
Is it any good?
Flixpress makes it easy for kids to create upbeat, polished videos that reflect a little personal style. Even with automated templates, there are lots of text, image, and audio customization choices. The end products are short; about 30 to 90 seconds and some templates are intended as intros for products or professionals. Video photoshows allow a fixed number of photos; the maximum is 12 in the $2 template. These limits may not excite the next Scorsese or Spielberg, but Flixpress lets users download their videos for free if they want to continue editing on their own. Overall, Flixpress will draw kids who like to make videos but want to be quick about it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how music is used in movies. Music can increase drama or influence the audience's emotions. Watch a favorite movie and pay special attention to the music. What does the music make you feel about what’s happening onscreen?
Families can talk about what's safe to share online. Read our advice about creating and sharing digital media to help prepare kids to open up their creations to public comment.
What is the difference between sharing and stealing? Kids and adults can benefit from understanding the ethical and legal implications of distributing copyrighted content.