After the billion-dollar success of some mobile apps, many startups are aiming to be the next Instagram. The next promising contender is Vyclone, which has launched a mobile app for the creation of multi-camera, multi-angle videos.
This iOS app uses footage shot by people at the same event or location and edits them into a single movie-like video. Users can create a collaborative video automatically on the app or edit it themselves. After the process of remixing, they can share their self-made movies online on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Socialcam. Other users of the app can see videos ‘pinned’ to the location when they visit the same location in the future. These events range from concerts to protests.
In fact, Vyclone’s founders Joseph Sumner and David King Lassman were inspired to develop their app because of Sumner’s observation of the many smartphone users filming his band’s concert, though “there was no way for them to share their different viewpoints with each other.”
Vyclone functions by using a GPS data tool to mesh together four videos taken in the same 100-foot radius. Users who wish to choose and edit their own videos and apply their own filters to them can overwrite this automatic process before uploading.
After working on the app for the past two years, backed by $2.7 million funding from Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Investments, Live Nation and Dreamworks, Vyclone is released free-of-charge for iPhones and iPads.
The spirit of the app is collaborative and social, taking advantage of the bricolage culture that has emerged in recent years. While a champion of excellent ideas, the app has its limitations: the remixed video can only use up to four videos, and the audio track is only confined to the camera that started recording first. Furthermore, bandwidth might become an issue because of the size of these videos.
Despite its current flaws, Vyclone is the next big thing set to dominate in the video sharing space.