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.

Ustream gets $6M funding, on the hunt for new CEO

Live video streaming pioneer Ustream is going through some pretty major changes, the company said Friday. First, it has landed $6 million in new funding from two existing investors — and second, its co-founder, John Ham, is leaving his job as the company’s CEO.