MixBit App Review: A New Video Sharing App From The Creators Of YouTube
YouTube is where most videos are posted and shared. He’s been king of the hill for years. But lately, competition has emerged. First came Vine, the social app designed specifically for sharing short videos with your peers. Shortly after Vine took off, Instagram announced that it would expand its hugely popular photo-sharing app to include videos. And of course, there’s also Snapchat, which lets you target exactly who can see your video creations, but with one twist: once the videos are viewed by their recipients, they’re gone forever.
Now MixBit throws his hat in the ring. MixBit is the brainchild of Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the two heads of YouTube’s global distribution. The new app, which has been the subject of speculation for the past few months, has similarities to other video-sharing services available, but it also has some unique features that also set it apart. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares to the competition. Will it be the next best video sharing app? Or will it just fall by the wayside?
Creating a video with MixBit is as easy as any of the other apps. The app immediately notifies you that a higher quality recording is achieved by recording with your device in landscape position. Regardless of the quality, it’s easier to see what you’re capturing when you hold it this way.
There are three basic functions to help you create the best video possible, with self-explanatory icons. In low light settings, you can tap the brightness icon on the left and your flash will stay on. Next to it is a grid to help you keep your subjects where you want them to be in the frame. And then there’s the (inevitable) position change, so you can focus on yourself and shoot a nice selfie video.
Recording a video is where you will notice the biggest change from other similar apps. Your footage will be cut after 16 consecutive seconds, but you can start recording again and include subsequent clips in the same video.
The next feature that really sets MixBit apart from the crowds of social videos is the ability to edit videos, and in many ways. To start, both are incredibly easy. As we explained above, you can record clips of 16 seconds or less, with a single video being a combination of these clips. First, you can rearrange your clips with a single drag and drop. It’s not really explained in the app, so you have to know how to do it, but it’s not rocket science, so we don’t expect it to be difficult for people to pull off. (It took all of us 10 seconds.)
Hold down the record button a bit too long? Do not worry. Select the clip you need to cut, then hit the icon that stands for “crop” in Photoshop, and you can select the part of the video you actually want. Peasy easy. The last editing option you have is to duplicate any clip. We can’t imagine it will come in handy too often, but who knows?
Download a video
Finished editing your masterpiece? The next step is to share it with the world…or just a handful of people…or maybe save it and never let anyone see it, ever. All three are options. You can either save the video as a draft, so you can come back to it later, make some edits, and share it later. You can share it with a limited crowd; just the people you’re okay with having their eyes on your creation. Or, for the ultimate exhibitionist, you can make the video entirely public. And of course, for all three, you have the option to embed a location, as well as the standard hashtag-centric title and description. Because what kind of social application would it be without these options?
The biggest difference with MixBit is that not only are you streaming your videos for the world to see, you’re streaming them for the world to use. Anyone with a MixBit account is welcome to use any part of any public video in their own creation. So that video you spent minutes and minutes on? It may very well end up being part of someone else’s masterpiece. (So maybe cool with all those boozy videos.)
We don’t know if MixBit will end up being the next best video sharing app. But on the face of it, it’s a pretty stand-up app, and while we’ve already got plenty of video apps to keep us busy, we don’t mind adding this one to the bundle. Try it out and let us know what you think. The app is free and currently available for iPhones and iPod Touch, with an Android version due in the coming weeks. You don’t have either? Just go to the official website and try the web version.