YouTube founders challenge video-sharing Vine and Instagram

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

MixBit editing
The MixBit editing software is very intuitive and straightforward.

YouTube was launched in 2005 and within a year, more than 65,000 videos had been uploaded onto the site. Now, it’s estimated that 100 hours of video are uploaded every single minute! While YouTube continues to be one of the largest websites for watching and sharing videos, it’s become much easier to do from your phone with apps like Vine and Instagram. No more need for a computer! Well, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have been busy creating their own video-sharing app that will challenge Vine and Instagram.

Every day, millions of people upload short video clips on Vine and Instagram. Since the videos can only be a few seconds long (Vine has a 6-second max while Instagram has a 15-second limit) they usually have to be quirky and clever. Now, thanks to MixBit, the videos can be up to an hour long! “We started YouTube to make it easy for everyone to share videos,” the founders say on the MixBit website. “Now we want to help people make great videos.”

They designed MixBit to be something like a mini-movie set. Instead of recording only 1 clip and posting it, you can record 256 clips to make a video up to 60 minutes long!  If you want to move one clip in front of another, you can easily drag it anywhere you want with the touch of your finger. It’s like making your own movie. You can thank the app’s video-editing software for that, since it’s really, really easy to use.

Let’s say you post up a video and make a mistake. Usually, you would have to delete the video if it were on Instagram, but MixBit lets you edit videos after they have been posted. Problem solved! If you see someone else’s video and like it a lot, you can share it with your friends on MixBit. Instagram sure doesn’t let you do that! If you really like it, you can take some of the clips and put it into your own video.

I downloaded the app on my phone not too long ago, and it looks great. There is a tutorial that’s easy to follow, and the videos people post are really creative. Don’t own any Apple products? The app is coming soon to Android phones. Until then, you can go to the MixBit website to watch and make videos!

Images and video courtesy of MixBit.