While at RocketSpace the #BlogBus team had the chance to meet with a couple startup founders who have offices there. One of them was Monica Miller of Lumify, a brilliant iOS app that creates automated 20 seconds video montages from longer video rushes stored on your iDevice.
Their algorithm recognizes faces and important moments within your videos (based on movements, light, noise, etc.) and mashes them up into one really cool video montage with music and texture “a la Viddy” over it.
Lumify is in fact the useful Viddy. Indeed, when you use Viddy you’re usually frustrated by the time limit you get and the difficulty you often face to actually film 20 seconds of interesting things. With Lumify, you can shoot a 1 or 2 minutes video and it will automatically select the coolest moments of your video and wrap them up with the right music and video…
See an example of a video created with Lumify :
Moreover, the least we can say is that this startup has legs: both are Standford graduates with 5 to 10 years of startup experience. One of them is a genuine rockstar developer, former product manager at Google Video and YouTube, so he’d definitely know what he’s doing with your videos. Their long startup experience and knowledge of the video space have probably helped them a lot in their fast execution.
They only started working on the project full-time back in May 2012, and have managed to launch by mid-August 2012 when they got their first Techcrunch coverage. But that’s clearly at least what it takes to launch a startup in this very crowded space.
The only fact a startup has offices there seems to speak for itself given the big name startups that have been or are still at RocketSpace (Uber, Spotify, Zaarly etc.). Indeed, to get into the accelerator, you have to be at least seed-funded or more, and it’s better if you’re either a rockstar at what you do, or have been recommended by someone of “the network”.
The startup seems to be in the process of raising VC money but couldn’t tell us more. It’s furthermore told us that the Android app was in the making and should be ready by the end of the year.