By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Create a bank of video memories with this digital tool.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn what it's like to share videos, whether that's a video of themselves or other content they've created. They can also use Pixorial to discover and learn the basic ins and outs of video editing. There are a broad range of video production tidbits for kids to glean from the site; adding subtitles, choosing credits, and learning to watch for those special, filmable moments are all part of video production. Pixorial's main standout is its focus on storytelling -- how video can be used to tell a tale or share an experience –- which gives it a slightly different vibe than other cloud-based video sites.
Pixorial is all about sharing and honoring special moments in life, and kids will feel good exploring family archives and creating new content.
Products & Purchases
Paid upgrades are an option, but Pixorial doesn't hassle users about them too much.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pixorial is an easy-to-use and simple way to upload, share, and create video content. Once kids have made a video they can join or create a "Krowd," a group to share and discuss content. Krowds can be kept private or made public -– they're also accessible through the Krowd app for iPhone or Android. Younger kids may want guidance when navigating the site and creating movies, but it's generally a fun place for kids to learn about, and experiment with, video editing.
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What’s It About?
Pixorial is a website you can use to store, edit, or share videos. From wedding-reception footage to home videos of cat antics, Pixorial allows users to upload from a computer, film directly from a webcam, or even have video converted from vintage formats. After uploading a video it's possible to add captions, create movies, and enhance video content of any length. The Pixorial Library acts as a dashboard for video creation, and a free Basic account allows for 7 GB of storage space (that's enough for about 150 \"regular length\" videos).
Is It Any Good?
The amount of storage space you get in the free plan is pretty sweet, and the site isn't overrun with ads like many other free programs. Pixorial is also great because it allows you to upload previously filmed videos as well as create new ones. The Krowds feature is safe and lets kids share what they've been working on with invited friends (however, once a video is shared on social media, you lose a bit of control). Most kids probably don't have any "vintage video" (VHS tapes, film, etc.), but it's a neat option for families who want to convert their old videos (this does cost a bit of money). The focus on storytelling sends a nice message to kids about why we record all this stuff in the first place. Sharing memories with digital media is second nature to this generation, but there's a desire for connection behind it all.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Have one of your old family movies converted to digital film. Then let your kids edit it, adding titles, transitions, and text. They'll feel a part of history by getting involved.
Challenge your kids to make a 1-minute movie. They can write a script, collect props, scout locations, and film it all in one day, then use Pixorial to add the finishing touches.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, presenting to others, storytelling, Arts: film
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology, Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Collaboration: group projects, teamwork, Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Self-Direction: initiative, motivation, set objectives, Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, strategy, thinking critically
- Genre: Video Sites
- Pricing structure: Free, Paid
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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