August 13, 2014
Groopie, an app that just launched on iOS, is hoping to be the next maker of online stars. Now, a team of vloggers can collaborate on episodes of their own shows. Friends can shoot video at the same time, and use built-in editing tools to select the camera angle and audio source. The beta testers who have been experimenting with the app for the past six months have already created reality and scripted shows. Groopie videos can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Fuad Hawit, founder of Groopie, optimized his app for mobile. Instead of making an app that simply stitches multiple video shots together, Hawit wanted to keep it simple.
“It’s real-time synchronization,” Hawit said in TechCrunch. “You’re merging two real-time perspectives.” Groopie users can also switch between the back and front cameras seamlessly and add subtitles and titles to their videos.
However, Groopie isn’t just a video editing app. It’s also a social network in which users can watch their friends’ videos and tag their friends in videos. The videos are organized into shows, which can have an unlimited number of episodes. A viewer on Groopie can follow the shows they like, instead of the vlogger’s entire repertoire.
Hawit is hoping that Groopie can launch the next online video stars by helping content creators grow their audiences. Groopie users could gain more followers by collaborating with another prominent vlogger.
In the beta test, Groopie already had a couple of prominent YouTubers and reality TV stars using the app.