YouTube founders launch video remix app MixBit

Original YouTube co-founders, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, have launched MixBit, a new video recording and editing app.

At first glance, the app looks very similar to Vine and the Instagram video function; users record short bursts of video that can be up to 16 seconds in length.

However, that's where the similarity ends. With MixBit, users can then paste together a maximum of 256 clips to make a video lasting up to just over an hour.

Another big difference is that the app allows filmmakers to use other people's clips in their own final product, meaning a video can be created without actually filming a second of footage, and other users' clips can be interjected with your own.

"We have always been passionate about video. We started YouTube to make it easy for everyone to share videos. Now we want to help people make great videos," Chen and Hurley explain.

To create a video, users simply drag and drop clips of footage which can be rearranged, cut or deleted. In a big development from the instantaneous nature of Vine and Instagram, a video can be saved and worked on over a period of time before being published.

"More than simply capturing brief moments in time, we help people bring stories to life," the team comments.

Available on iOS now, an Android version is expected to launch soon.

MixBit is the first release by Avos Systems, an incubator founded by Hurley and Chen to develop new multimedia tools.

"We are experimenting with new forms of expression and collaboration through photos and videos, including removing technical and social barriers that prevent people from creating higher quality digital content, working on it with others and distributing it online," says the company.

"We make it easy for people to tell a story and make something beautiful that others want to share."