Just when you think there’s no scope for yet another social media service, yet another one comes in. While the social video clip sharing has seen its fair share of success with Instagram and Vine, it seems nobody has figured out how to do it right. Back in August, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen launched their own video sharing app dubbed MixBit for iOS, and today marks the expansion of the service to Android as well. On its basic level, MixBit enables you to shoot and combine multiple 16-second video clips, edit them and publish them as one large video project on Facebook, Twitter and MixBit’s own social space. You can also add hashtags to your videos to make them easier to find and sort by others.
Shooting videos couldn’t be easier than MixBit, as you can start it right away by tapping the top-right ‘Start here’ button from the home screen. You can shoot in both landscape and portrait modes, though the former provides higher quality. After positioning your device, tap and hold on the screen and MixBit will begin recording; let your finger go off the screen, and the shooting will automatically stop. What makes MixBit different from Vine and Instagram is its ability to combine up to 256 different clips (each up to 16 seconds long) to get over an hour of combined footage in one video project.
In case you’re wondering how the editing option works, enter the editing screen by tapping next from the recording area, and you’ll be able to delete unneeded clips, insert videos already stored in your device into the current project, duplicate the selected clip, and trim the parts that you don’t want to keep.
MixBit also lets you export a clip to the Gallery in case you don’t want to publish the complete stream yet. The export function allows other users to use your clips in their own projects – a feature both Vine and Instagram lack – and likewise, let you to find and employ other users’ content in your own. This feature, however, requires you to create a MixBit account first. One thing I noticed is that the app doesn’t offer any Instagram-like video filters and effects for your clips.
When you’re satisfied with your editing, tap the next arrow to enter the Publish screen, from where you can upload the video. MixBit allows you to choose the privacy level (Public or Limited) as well as add location info, title and hashtags to your videos from here.
The way MixBit allows you to record multiple small clips and then join them all into a single video project that’s still editable is definitely its flagship feature. The interface of the iOS app looks and functions the same way as the iOS app, making it look more like a port of the iOS app than one coded from scratch for Android. Besides that and the lack of filters, there’s not much to criticize about the app. You can download MixBit via the link below.