A look inside MixBit
A couple weeks ago, the cofounders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, released the latest video app, MixBit. MixBit was originally released as an iPhone app that lets you record, edit, share videos. But being that this app was created by two former YouTube gurus, the thing that really makes MixBit bigger and better than Vine and Instagram is the fact that users can edit and share clips from other users to create their own movies.
Earlier this morning, the MixBit™ app became available to the hundreds of millions of Android users around the globe. Now, Android users can start using MixBit to create videos together.
Just as with the iOS app released back in August, the MixBit app for Android will let consumers record, edit and publish video projects as short as one second or as long as an hour - right from their mobile device. Using the MixBit app, videos are recorded in multiple clips as long as 16 seconds each. A finished video project can include as many as 256 individual clips that play as one seamless video. MixBit.com is also the first video site that lets users collaborate with each other and remix clips uploaded by the community.
Most importantly, the MixBit team made sure a lot of the input, feedback and feature requests they received from iOS users were addressed in the initial release of the Android app. Check out this blog post for more information.
The app works in a very similar way to Vine and Instagram video. To record, you just tap and hold the screen until you have finished recording your clip. Clips can last up to 16 seconds and can include as many as 256 clips in one video. This means that finished videos can last more than an hour. Hurley and Chen have chosen to leave filters out of their app, but they have included a feature where you can cut and rearrange clips and save drafts before publishing a video. These features make this app easier to use than Vine and Instagram Video, both of which do not let you save drafts.
Chad Hurley quotes. "We're more interested in helping everyone, not just a select group". For this reason, Hurley has gotten rid of the self-promotional nature of social media. MixBit does not include follower counts or profiles. The app allows users to share their videos to sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and a few others, but every clip or video uploaded is public domain for others to use and edit if they so choose.
This is not the final version of MixBit. Improvements in the near future are sure to include the ability to upload pre-recorded videos, and possibly color correction. The app is completely free and an android version is on the way!
What do you think of all of these video applications? They all have such subtle differences, but it's quite clear that what makes MixBit different is the idea that a user can create an actual movie on this app. Up and coming film makers and artists have the ability to edit and share others' content and create their own masterpieces, with their cell phone! This app is certainly stirring creative juices and I'll be excited to see what comes of it! Have you all tried out MixBit yet? How do you think it compares to Vine and Instagram Video? Share your thoughts here!