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SKIT! (iOs) Review

 
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Final Score
8.0
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Easy to use, loads of fun, and free (can't beat that price).

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Not always responsive as it should be, and saving must be done manually.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Amuse your friends; kill some time; express yourself – make a skit. The new SKIT! app from Storytime Studios is a “platform for creating and sharing animated messages”, and it has its work cut out for it in a market somewhat saturated with all sorts of social media video sharing. Does it make the cut […]

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Posted August 7, 2014 by

 
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Amuse your friends; kill some time; express yourself – make a skit.

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The new SKIT! app from Storytime Studios is a “platform for creating and sharing animated messages”, and it has its work cut out for it in a market somewhat saturated with all sorts of social media video sharing. Does it make the cut as a must have on your device, or simply lose itself in a crowd of lookalikes?

So what does SKIT! do? Simply put, it’s a video creator, but it’s sort of a mashup of various genres that blends into its own unique style. When you start the app, you’ll choose from “Explore” or Create”, each of which takes you to a specific part of the SKIT! community. In “Explore”, you can check out videos that others have made (which is a great way to get started and kind of see what it’s all about). If you find a video you like, you can leave comments, follow the creator, and even remix it to kind of pay homage to it and make it your own, all in one. There are also “topics”, which basically give you ideas of videos to make and share, with new topics popping up all the time to keep things fresh.

“Create” is just what it sounds like – your opportunity to create your own SKIT! to share. While this may seem a bit daunting, they’ve made it as easy as can be by giving you a choice between “Story Starter” or “Blank Skit”. In Story Starter, the app basically walks you through exactly how to make a video. You choose a character from three, then pick a place, mood, and topic. Once that’s all set up, you simply press record, and use your fingers to move the characters around and your own voice as the sound (or soundtrack, if you’re the singing type).

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Once you’ve mastered the Story Starter, it’s a simple jump to take on the Blank Skit, and it’s here that you can really have fun with the app. There are tons of characters, backgrounds, moods, and stickers to choose from, and you can use them any way you like to set up your video. If you want to make things a bit more personal, you can easily upload, crop, and edit your own photos as well, making for some hilarious videos to send to friends and family. It’s really a lot of fun, and very simple to use. You just place things how you want them, and then drag them around while making funny voices and having fun. Once your skit is finished, you can share it publicly or send it privately to a friend.

One of the most important features in any new app is usability. Who is the market, and can that market reasonably be expected to be able to use this app? SKIT!, with its cartoony look, quick, colorful videos, and LEGO Movie tie-in is definitely appealing to a younger crowd (although it’s pretty much fun for any age). When you launch the app for the first time, it walks you through exactly what you need to do, a little bit at a time. Each section, when accessed for the first time, will have short video pop up that explains what to do and how to do. The tutorials are simple and easy to follow, making it easy for even less savvy folks to use.

The two issues that I ran into with SKIT! were with responsiveness. For the most part, it was super easy to use, and the characters moved and responded right away when I drug them around. However, often when I played the skit back, things didn’t move in the same way as they did when I recorded it (characters moved a bit earlier or not at all at times). for the most part, it was a minor annoyance, but could be more so for the perfectionists out there. The other minor grievance is that you have to manually save any video you want to keep, which isn’t a big deal for older users but may be hard for younger skitters to understand.

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Overall, I found SKIT! to be an easy to use app that is actually loads of fun. Whether you use the many included characters and backdrops or bring in your own, the skits are simple to make and allow for a lot of creativity in a way that isn’t intimidating at all. The kids I showed it to really enjoyed the short videos and the ability to easily animate your own, and adults like the ability to import pictures of friends and family and make them do pretty much whatever they want. It’s fun to play around with, easy to use, and it’s free – what a perfect combination.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)