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Nobody likes to watch home movies. Whether it's your niece's dance recital beamed to an Apple TV or your grandmother's old reel-to-reels, we can all agree on one thing: the shorter the better. Videokits does its part to keep things moving. Where other video editing apps encourage longer movies filled with transitions and effects, Videokits focuses on your content, helping make your masterpiece as concise and interesting as possible. After you've used its series of tips and prompts, you'll never want to shoot solo again.
Let's say you want to capture your son's first birthday party. You can either shoot hours of raw video and sort it out later, or you can follow the "Birthday Party Interview" kit and get it done before the last guest has left. Throughout the shoot, Videokits' director guides you, prompting you where to point, who to talk to, and how to properly capture all the fun. It even helps with the all-important cake shot, reminding you to "stay focused on the person, rather than panning around." While the camera is running, Videokits tells you when it's time to start wrapping things up, but if clips run too long, you can trim them without leaving the app.
Several common themes are bundled in the app, but more specialized kits will set you back a buck apiece. I figured there would be a fair amount of overlap, but the kits are surprisingly specific, which is good because the usefulness ends when the camera stops. Once you have your footage, there isn't much in the way of post-production, and the finished product can be pretty bland. Clips are crudely spliced together without transitions (though the App Store description mentions them, I couldn't find any), filters, or effects of any kind.
The bottom line. Videokits helps trim the boring parts out of your home movies, but it won't add any pizzazz.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.1 or later
Helpful guides for making home movies. Varied themes. In-app editing.
No transitions or effects make for a weak finished product.