Then I took a closer look. Each of the 20-or-so tiles on the screen were individual videos playing all at once — essentially a thumbnail gallery, with the pictures replaced by video.
“I was lying in bed one night, surfing through a photo gallery on my phone and thought, ‘Video should be this easy,’” Brewer said. “The next day, I set out on a mission to build a video service that made consuming video content as simple as photos.”
And so started Clipsy, a Seattle-based mobile video network startup that’s entering somewhat of a crowded space. Popular apps like Viddy, Klip and Tout are already out there, but Clipsy hopes to separate itself by allowing users to post longer videos — other apps have a 15-second time limit — and add a filmstrip-like feature to allow people to also post a series of photos.
Another way Clipsy stands out is the home page with several videos playing at once. Some may find this annoying, while others might enjoy “previewing” each video in one place.
“A Clipsy user can simultaneously look at 20 videos at one time, and watch them all as they progress.” explains Brewer. “This interface allows users to see a video before actually committing to watching it.”
Users can put filters on videos and in some ways, Clipsy reminds me of Instagram for video-sharing. But Brewer thinks that Clipsy is much more than that.
“Instagram really impacted photo-sharing, but there are real problems with video that aren’t solved by cloning Instagram and replacing photos with videos,” he said. “Our focus is on the user community. We want to make the sharing and discovery of memories through video easier, not simply provide a platform for video uploads.”
Clipsy is made up of Brewer and a part-time developer. For now, the company is bootstrapped and Brewer hopes to land some funding soon. He also says he’d love to see Clipsy serve as a platform for local organizations to share their causes through video.
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