Zoomerang – Music Video Editor

App with a recommended age limit of 3 years from PEGI and 4+ years from App Store. Android (Google)/iOS (Apple).

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20-second Zoomerang video – some quick tips

  • This app is partly social media and partly video editor
  • It offers hundreds of effects and video tools that are either unlocked by watching advertisements or by paying for a subscription
  • If the children have a profile, the videos they post will be visible to others. One can make the account private inside the settings
  • Put on a purchase ban if you don’t want your kids to buy a subscription without permission

Zoomerang – Music Video Editor

Format: Android (Google)/iOS (Apple)
Category: Photo & Video
Developer: Zoomerang

Our review of Zoomerang

Following the TikTok wave, other apps are throwing themselves into the load with short video clips and creative video production.

Zoomerang is no exception. In short, this is an app to produce creative video clips. Here one can add music, edit, and cut videos, and decorate that with over a hundred different effects. But you either have to pay or watch a lot of commercials to access the best effects.

The developers describe the program as a kind of intermediary to create content that can be shared on Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media.

It is also possible to share videos on its own platform if you create a profile on Zoomerang.

The app is therefore free to download. You can register by providing your mobile number/email or with account information from Facebook, Google, and Apple.

The Terms of Use state that for U.S. residents, you must be thirteen years to use the app. For other countries, it says that one must be of «legally minimum age.»

You must state an age of more than twelve years (thirteen years in a new version) in order to register an account. You can, however, use the app without registering and also get video clips stored locally on the device.

The app is thus free to download, but very much fully funded by advertising. This means that you often get advertising interruptions while using the app, and in order to unlock access to some effects, you either have to watch a certain number of promotional videos or pay for a subscription (NOK 345 a year).

With a subscription, you avoid watching commercials. You can also remove the logo of Zoomerang that labels the videos you produce.

Creating a user also gives you a separate profile wall. This one is very similar to TikTok’s account page. Here you can see how many people follow you and how many you follow. You can also upload videos for others in the community via the feature called “tutorials.” The idea is that you can share tutorial videos with others and watch someone else’s.

But in practice, the content here is similar to what one finds on TikTok.

When you open the app, there are several menus to deal with. The main is the recording menu. Here one can start camera recording, select music, and apply a sea of effects.

“Tutorials” is where you can see content that others have uploaded. This is similar to TikTok’s video window with categories such as “Featured” (popular videos), “For You” (algorithmic suggestion for content based on your preferences), and “Following” (videos from people you follow).

You can click the videos and “like” the content or tap on the profile to follow that person.

Video content that children share publicly via the tutorials feature could potentially become visible to others on this page.

It is also possible to view and comment on other people’s videos and you can get comments from others on your own content.

There is a little doubt that Zoomerang is a powerful tool for video production. The effects and editing capabilities are easy to use and highly accessible.

There are a lot of creative things, from stickers to perspective change, music, and a whole ocean of animations and effects.

With just a few keystrokes, children and young people can combine music with creative video clips.

At the same time, the app is characterized by a lot of commercials and hassle about buying subscriptions. And ultimately, the app is reminiscent of being a social medium (with followers, likes, and comments) rather than just a video production tool.

It is also possible to edit (digitally) your own appearance in the app. Here you can whiten your teeth, get thinner cheeks, a shorter nose, and so on. You can see the changes in your face at the same time as you make them using your mobile phone’s selfie camera. It’s a bit like looking at yourself in the mirror. Retouching one’s own appearance can aggravate one’s dissatisfaction with one’s own body.

Aptitude

Zoomerang has received age recommendations from 4+ years in the App Store (iOS) and 3 years in Google Play (Android) based on its suitability. That is, the lowest age recommendation.

In addition, the app has a limit of 13 years in terms of use, if you are a resident in the United States. For the rest of the world, it says that the user must be of “legally minimum age.” We assume that this means a 13-year limit in Norway as we have a Norwegian data protection law that dictates a 13-year limit for the use of social media.

Norwegian law allows parents to give consent on behalf of their children under the age of 13 for using apps that collect personal information, as Zoomerang does. But the apps, in turn, can also set an absolute lower age limit that parents cannot give consent to. Zoomerang has set 13 years as the absolute age limit.

Technically, you must state an age higher than 13 years to create a user account. But without a user account, one can still watch videos that others have created, as well as create videos that will not be visible to others.

Smart settings:

If children are to be allowed to use the app, we recommend that you have a password wall on the purchase of content on their mobile phone, if you do not want the children to buy a subscription by accident.

In addition, one should be aware that there appears a lot of advertising in the app. There are also settings to share video content only with friends, or privately. Alternatively, video content can only be stored locally on your mobile phone and not published online at all.

It is also possible to report content/users by tapping on the three dots when watching a video.  In addition, there is a separate page where you can make your children’s accounts safer.

Log in to the app. Select settings.  Choose privacy and safety:

  • Here you can make your child’s account private so that only approved followers can see content that your kids have posted
  • You can hide comments or choose that only friends or no one can comment on your children’s videos
  • You can also hide the number of ‘likes’ that children get so that others can’t see this
  • There is also a parental setting that can be locked with code. Here you may choose to hide all comments in the app
  • It is also possible to report content and block users in the app

Link to the app: Android / iOS
Tested on iOS

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(Translated from Norwegian by Ratan Samadder)