MixBit

by Insiders Dunedin

The tech industry in Dunedin is growing, and there are some serious players in the market. Dunedin has a wealth of talent when it comes to developers, and people are starting to take notice. 

We were lucky to catch up with MixBit, one of those major players who are working on something pretty exciting. Software engineers Joshua Garner and George Sealy, sat down with us to give an insight into MixBit and the app they are building. 

MixBit has been around for just over two years, lead by a co-founder of YouTube, Chad Hurley. Why Dunedin? Dunedin is a great place for a start-up tech business. With quality software engineers filtering through the Otago University and Otago Polytechnic, MixBit has been lucky enough to employ locals who are passionate about the job they are doing and love Dunedin. The work/lifestyle balance here has been very attractive for the team at MixBit.

But what is MixBit? To put simply, the company has set out to enable people to make videos together, easily and intuitively. With YouTube, Chad believed they had solved the problem of distributing video content, and now he wants to solve the problem of creating video content together. To give what historically is a very solo process of editing a video into a collaborative process that can leverage a social community. To enable a group of people to create a video together, something that is incredibly difficult if you understand what goes into editing a video. 

MixBit as it stands now as an App, is something that allows you to easily take photos and videos from your phone, add a theme that includes sets of transitions, choose your music then hit go. The result, your media sent over to their American servers to be edited automatically, and a finished edited movie sent back to you in around 30 seconds. 

The problem MixBit are working on now, is how to enable the same process, but allow people to engage in that process together. The idea being, the ability to attend an event such as a wedding or something similar, where someone might say they want to create a video of the event. That person then creates a MixBit that allows friends to be able to contribute photos and videos they have taken of the event. The system then allows all the combined content to be easily mixed and edited into a compelling video that has been made by a group of people at that event. 

It is a very new concept, and one that I can say would be a world first and something that could be an incredibly useful and fun social app to use. Potentially, something that could grow to become massive around the world and eventually be used by millions. However, the real excitement grows when you start to think how an app like this could be used by everyone and anyone, especially around event applications both personal and commercial.

It is a very new concept, and one that I can say would be a world first and something that could be an incredibly useful and fun social app to use. Potentially, something that could grow to become massive around the world and eventually be used by millions. However, the real excitement grows when you start to think how an app like this could be used by everyone and anyone, especially around event applications both personal and commercial.

The team at MixBit have definitely taken on a problem that is very complex in nature. However, they have informed me that they have nearly solved it with the incredibly skilled team they have here in Dunedin and over in the United States. The technology is there, the challenge they are trying to solve now is making it intuitive and incredibly simple to use.

It is a very exciting time for the team at MixBit, and I look forward to using the app myself. I recommend you check MixBit out in the App Store and give it a try. Be one of the first to try a potential world-leading app built right here in Dunedin. 

Check out the app here - itunes.apple.com/us/app/mixbit-amazing-collaborative

Follow them on Facebook - www.facebook.com/MixBit

Better yet, let your friends know about an App that could change the way you share your experiences in a collaborative and exciting way.

Post submitted by Joshua Jeffery
 

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