Friday fun: ClipDis turns your text messages into video mashups

Well, this is silly: iPhone video app ClipDis turns your ordinary text messages into short video clips that are entirely compiled of snippets from movies. And by snippets, I mean just that: One word from Maleficent, another from Family Guy and maybe the next from Breaking Bad.


The results are clips that are as rough as it gets when it comes to automated mashups, and not just because there is simply no rhythm to any of this. Sometimes, when ClipDis can’t find a phrase, it even generates a clip with a computer voice and some more or less fitting clip art. But it’s still fun. The app is fast and unpredictable — and you can always get a do-over that mashes up different clips.

There’s also a ClipDis website, capable of generating messaging mashups right in your browser — which really means that there is no excuse not to try this, and annoy some of your friends in the process. turns Twitter into a DJ

Hey Mister DJ, turn the tweet hits up: is using Twitter’s collective music favorites to come up with daily music charts. Each and every song is playable through YouTube embeds, and the site is already working on plans to launch genre-specific Twitter radio stations.

Why YouTube Adopting Creative Commons Is a Big Deal

Mashup artists, your life just got easier. YouTube is now making it possible remix existing videos right within its online video editor. The site is also adopting Creative Commons licensing, immediately making more than 10,000 Creative Commons-licensed videos available for reuse. Both steps have wide-ranging implications.

Hunch Co-founder Releases Twitter-YouTube Mashup

This is cool: generates YouTube music video playlists based on the people you follow on Twitter. The site is a mashup cooked up by Chris Dixon, the co-founder of Hunch, and it demonstrates how Hunch uses its own data sets to predict new taste preferences.

Tiltview Aims to Be CNN for Cord Cutters

Want to watch a 24-hour news network without having cable? Then you might want to check out Tiltview, a mashup that combines news clips from a number of networks to a continuous 24-hour stream, complete with leanback-like user interface developed with Google TV in mind.

Monty Python’s Sales Spike, Star Trek 90210: NTV Station Today

It’s nice to see the medium of online video used to its greatest potential. Today’s pinnacle: a mash-up of the new trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and the Beverly Hills 90210 theme song. Magnificent.

And sometimes making your content available to the masses pays off. Big time. Today Steve Bryant breaks down how Monty Python’s new YouTube channel has spiked their Amazon sales, to the point where “the nearest sales competitors include two DVD packages of perennially popular TV series 24, the new release of Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, and one of the most popular films of the year, The Dark Knight.” Not bad for a group of blokes who haven’t done anything new since 1983. Check out the full analysis at NewTeeVee Station!

Karina’s Capsule: Common/People

Yeah, alright…that William Shatner “Common/People” Star Trek mashup spoof thing has a few things in it to make it worth recommending. It is, for the most part, edited with enough proficiency that the voice of William Shatner speak/singing the 1995 Pulp anthem occasionally seems to be coming organically from the animated Captain Kirk’s mouth. Formally and in terms of choreography, there’s a sort of inverse symmetry between this and the original Pulp video: Where Jarvis Cocker’s arms and hips flail in complex patterns as if divorced from his generally blasé face, the animated Kirk and Spock’s limbs remain stiff and controlled, while their eyes and eyebrows provide implicit color commentary. Also, recast here as the backup singer on Spock and Kirk’s mating song, Uhura is totally fierce.

But it’s not as good as could/probably should be. Maybe it’s so inevitable that any kind of Star Trek fan fic will involve Kirk and Spock pledging love that we don’t actually need to see it play out, we can fill in the gaps between an opening hint and a closing one. But that doesn’t justify the fact that when this vid gives up the courtship plot halfway through –– and despite an explosion of spectacle –– it just gets kind of boring until the tacked-on pledge of manly respect coded as expression of repressed romance.

And really: How many videos based on this simple equation do we need to see? We get it: 1+1 = gay, and gay = comedy gold. Aren’t we supposed to be demanding more, or is it naive to hold on to hope that media made outside of mainstream corporate mandates could possible transcend easy formula? Why are we so content to allow the agenda for the supposed counterculture of web video to be determined by the comic crutches of people like Andy Samberg?