LQ: 8.6


Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 9.0

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Magisto is a simplified movie maker which allows users to take up to 25 minutes of video footage, which the app will automatically condense, created a short, edited film. Users can choose from 12 free themes to apply, which range from “indie” to “country” to “holiday.” The themes come with default accompanying songs — although users can add their own audio from their personal music library. Users do not have control over the clips that the Magisto will use or the order that they are presented, so if users are looking for full control over the way their movie will be presented, then Magisto might not be the way to go. But if a fun, highly stylized collection of short clips and photographs is what users are after, then Magisto is a great choice. The video editing app is also a social media platform, allowing users to share their content with other users. It’s extremely easy to use, and serves as a great introduction to video editing, making the app recommended for use with children ages 8 and older.

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Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Even though Magisto's end product is essentially out of users' control, there are ways to restore a little bit of creative control. Because there are about a dozen different themes -- each with their own unique way of presenting and editing the footage -- users need to experiment with ones they think are most applicable, so that they can use the video to convey an idea close to their original vision. Users can even play around with soundtrack, importing songs from their own libraries in order to try and change the tone and mood of the collection of short clips. It's important to experiment with a variety of song and themes, as it is the only way to create a short film that is not completely randomized and generated. And if the end result is not satisfactory, users can shoot their footage again, this time, using different angles and shots in order to better match the nature of their footage with their desired theme.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Magisto -- like Instagram and Vine -- is a social platform allowing users to communicate, like, and comment on publicly posted videos. Not only is it important for users to understand the importance of publishing appropriate content, but the "give-and-take" way of building a social profile is an important concept to understand in the digital world. Usually liking photos will garner users more likes on their own. Being a positive and active user of social media will help build a strong and supportive profile of friends and followers. It's also helpful if each video tastefully conveys a personal trait, interest, or a characteristic about the individual who shot it. Users who insert themselves into each video (not necessarily physically) often create some of the more unique and individual short films that Magisto has to offer.

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