Apps like Vine and Video on Instagram have proved that people really seem to enjoy taking quick snippets of video with their phones and posting them online. The really strange thing is we, the unwashed public, seem to enjoy watching them as well, which really does blow the mind a little.
Well now the original creators of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, have taken this to heart and produced an iOS and Android app which lets you create videos which are captured in 16 second clips, but which can be combined to run to an hour in length.
The idea behind this new Mixbit product is to help people remix clips and edit and collaborate on videos using the tools in the app and the online storage area. You can combine clips, remix any part of a video or clip, and work on as many projects as you want.
The interface on both the app and the online account area is pretty minimal, which is no doubt in order to encourage creativity, but from where we’re sitting it seems just a little too aimless. There’s no clear idea of how to flow through an editing, mashup process, just a random assortment of clips and videos of people doing stuff.
All the hard work is done via the app itself, on your phone, where you can either grab clips or shoot your own, or combine the two actions as you feel. Right now the results don’t offer an inspiring look at the future of mashup videos, to be honest, since it appears to be just the same as YouTube, but in jerky motion. Still, it’s early days, and maybe the product will start to hit its stride as more people jump on board.