There is a TikTok-inspired app which is more like a music-making platform from Facebook called Collab. It allows users to create short music videos using other people’s posts.
Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team recently announced a new group audio calling app, CatchUp, on Tuesday. One important feature is that it shows who’s ready to chat now and bring people to stay in touch during the pandemic quarantine.
Today, Facebook’s experimental app division has introduced the Collab that allows users to mix and match others’ videos to create a new one. You can also save a Collab post to your camera roll, but you have to first post it to Collab.
One of the basic features is allowing users to create short-form videos that can be split into 3-in-1, like playing a single song with three different instruments and combine them all together.
There is one major fact before sharing this video to other platforms, like Instagram and TikTok, you have to first publish it to Collab. In the future, we may save videos created with Collab without first posting them publicly.
Collab idea is quite simple, contents creators record their own musical arrangement or swipe to discover arrangements to build a composition or a “collab.”
Facebook NPE Team said “Collabs are three independent videos that are playing in sync. With the app, you can create your own arrangement by adding in your own recording or by swiping and discovering an arrangement to complete your composition. No musical experience is required.”
Meanwhile, the major difference between TikTok and Collab, is that all videos posted to Collab can be mixed and matched with others, while TikTok allows creators to control who can duet with them.
For now, these videos must first be posted publicly to the Collab feed, then another user can take it and use it to create a video of their own. But everyone whose parts are used in a new Collab post gets properly credited.
For instance, you can use someone’s guitar part, and another’s vocals along with your own beat over it with a virtual drum pad on your iPhone and make a whole new song. But Facebook says you can’t remix the underlying music.
In another way of joining Collab is creating your own video post entirely out of people’s pars, this is only when you don’t feel like contributing an original part. The company said they creators using it to fill the feed with usable clips new users can draw from.
Facebook confirmed that the availability of Collab will start with iPhone owners in the US and Canada. You can sign up to try Collab here, but it is just an invite-only beta for now.