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Kids can learn to produce original videos in a simple setting. They are empowered with the freedom to choose content and edit text, but the limits that are in place my stifle some creativity. Adding a "best of" showcase, a movie-making forum, or even 3D graphics and animation tutorials would help engage kids who have an interest in video production. Having these or other additional features could boost Flixpress’s learning potential. Kids will enjoy making videos in a snap, as long as they prefer speed over the fine details.
Products & Purchases
Video templates range in price from free to $5. There are optional upgrades for high-definition resolution ($1) and extended hosting ($2 for 30 days). For a one-time payment of $50, users can upgrade to Flixpress Pro for access to advanced video production techniques.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.