“Teleportation would be cool, certainly.”
The founders of YouTube have released a new video app called MixBit. On first glance, it might seem MixBit is in direct competition with Vine or Instagram Video, but if it’s actually very different.
Instead of merely being able to share, view, and comment on videos from the stream or from people you follow on the service, MixBit allows you to add to and remix content uploaded by other users or yourself. Remixed videos can be up to an hour long.
Stephen commandeers Bryan Cranston…
Yeah… Just a little mid-day pick me up.
The Curiosity rover has been on Mars for almost a year. This time-lapse video shows what, exactly, it’s been up to. Here’s more.
Have you seen this video? Karen X. Cheng taught herself to dance in one year, and filmed herself at various different points in her learning experience. The video quickly went viral, and Cheng shared some advice with us on how to make your videos go viral, too.
"First, I posted to Facebook/Twitter, and submitted it to social news sites like Reddit and Hacker News. I personally asked many of my friends to share it. I tweeted it at well-known dancers. I emailed bloggers who had covered other viral dance videos.
Of all the things I tried, Reddit paid off. It got to the top of the GetMotivated subreddit. I did this by following the advice in this article.”
Twitter video producer Ian Padgham recently shared some of his techniques for making six-second stop-motion Vines that you’ll watch over and over (and not just because of the looping function).
Upworthy.com, dedicated to sharing “stuff that matters,” drives 20% of interactions around media online. You read that right.
Here are 3 rules for going viral from the most viral site on the web:
1. Spend half your time on the headline.
2. But make it sound like you’re talking to your bff.
3. Know what strong feeling you want to evoke. There’d better be one.
[Rainbow: MountainHardcore via Shutterstock]
"One of the most important things to remember is that these companies don’t happen over night. They’re not an over-night success story, as I think a lot of people view certain companies. It’s really about finding what works and iterating your product."
—Danielle Abes, director of Qwiki, a video-sharing app that turns pictures and videos from events you’ve captured on your iPhone into brief, sharable movies.
Qwiki was named one of Time.com’s top 10 startups to watch in 2013, and was just bought by Yahoo.
“This takes a very specific skill. So we’re going to be looking for people who aren’t famous for anything else other than they artistically figured out how to storytell in six seconds.”
Now available on Instagram: Videos
Mr. Rogers gets remixed again!
Chinese artist Ai WeiWei has created his first music video, for his single called “Dumbass.” The video recreates the environment of his 2011 prison stay right down to the wallpaper.
Weiwei sees “Dumbass” as a kind of therapy, and an activist message all by itself—it contains criticism of Chinese intellectuals who are trying to change China from within the system.
How “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” became a viral Vine video
The series of hilarious Vines is as clearly labeled as it is random: We see six-second clips of Gosling doing his thing in various roles as a slowly encroaching spoonful of cereal tries, unsuccessfully, to make its way into his mouth. Watch.