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Vlix is a video sharing app whose purpose is to let people share short clips by uploading them to Vlix’s own servers, in a manner very similar to YouTube. You can’t use the app without signing into your account first (registration is free). You can then record something using either one of your device’s cameras, but since you can’t reach the recording part of the app without logging in, you need to be connected to your cellular network or Wi-Fi. This could cause a problem for iPod touch users, but thankfully, you can also edit and upload any clip from your Camera Roll instead.
Once a clip selected, you can trim it, plus add opening and closing titles. You also have 18 effects to choose from (slo-mo, fast-forward, old film, and so on), although you can only apply one per video.
When you’re ready, you can upload your video and choose who gets to see it -- anyone or just a list of pre-determined friends. You can also share your clips via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
This is not a full video-editing app like the one offered by Vimeo. You can’t add multiple clips to your project, for instance; it’s just one clip, which can't be longer than a minute. But sometimes, that's all you need. All in all, this appears to be a video version of Instagram, and as such, it may well create a niche for itself.
The bottom line. If you want to share a very short video clip with the world, you may like Vlix -- as long as you’re not already using YouTube.
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or 4th-gen iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later. Also works with iPad 2 but not natively.
Effects are simple and easy to use. Can connect to other social networks. A whole new social network to join.
Can’t record without loging in. Limited to a minute of video at most. Cannot add multiple effects. A whole new social network to join.