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YouTube founders' MixBit app mashes up your mobile clips

The new service lets you mash other peoples' videos in with your own clips, creating up to an hour's worth of edited magic.

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The founders of YouTube have created a new clip-mixing service, that lets you edit up to an hour's worth of footage using your smart phone.

The service, dubbed MixBit, lets you record up to 16-second video clips from your phone, editing those clips and mixing them in with other people's clips. You can have up to 256 clips in one edit, resulting in an hour-long video.

The app has launched on iOS today, with an Android version to follow in several weeks, the New York Times reports. A web version of the app is also set to go live today.

The power to mix your own footage with other publicly-available clips on MixBit is certainly an interesting one, and could at last democratise the process of putting screaming goats into Taylor Swift videos.

The app is the latest effort from YouTube originators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who crafted the super-popular site back in 2005. The very first video to be published on YouTube featured a third co-founder Jawed Karim at the zoo.

Apps like Vine or Apple's iMovie already make it easy to craft your own miniature masterpiece from your mobile, so I'm intrigued by the prospect of a more ambitious app that's designed for making longer videos.

I've downloaded the MixBit app for iPhone, and can report that using it feels quite intuitive, with some clever colour-coding making it easy to organise and re-order your clips.

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