WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Like – Magic Music Video Editor offers all manner of fun ways to create short music videos and share them through social media. Choose your music, record your video, and then speed your footage up, slow it down, or add stickers, filters, effects, and explosions to it. In addition to having access to a free music library, you can upload your own music, as well as add animations and effects to existing video. Enter special themed events and earn real world cash by racking up "likes," and grow your audience by browsing videos made by amateur videographers from around the world.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
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There are a lot of video editing apps floating around right now, and this is one of the better ones. Not only are the tools in Like – Magic Music Video Editor fun and easy to use, but its user base is large enough to make browsing worthwhile. Registration's easy (though the app does ask for your location and wants to connect with your other social media accounts or your phone) and making videos requires only a handful of taps. Stickers work well on the whole, which makes adding top hats and Pikachu ears to yourself and your friends a lot of fun. And video effects, filters, and animations, though imperfect at times, work well enough overall to warrant a good laugh. In addition to music clips of every possible genre, you can beef up your clips with dialog from popular TV commercials, shows, and movies or create your own audio.
The app is meant for teens and above, but there's a good amount of content created by the under-ten set, which is problematic considering the suggestive content inevitably contributed by aspiring pop stars. And while posting silly clips and gathering likes is all in good fun, kids who get mean comments or don't get the likes and leaderboard status they're looking for could feel bad. Overall, however, during the review process, comments on videos were overwhelmingly positive and mature content was limited. For older teens who understand what's appropriate to post, can keep negative comments in perspective, and are ready for some mature content, it offers a good deal of free entertainment and opportunities for some creativity.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 16 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 3 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date: August 1, 2017
Category: Photo & Video
Size: 133.20 MB
Publisher: BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.
Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
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