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Facebook is rolling out the Collab app that allows users to make music by reusing people’s short video clips

Facebook rolls out TikTok-style app called Collab that allows users to make music by reusing people’s short video clips

  • The app allows users to record and merge short video clips with music
  • Videos are recorded in three parts and placed on a feed
  • They can borrow clips from their other users to create their own songs
  • Collab borrows features from the hyper-popular social app TikTok

A new Facebook app borrows from social media phenomenon like Tik-Tok by letting users create their own music by editing short video clips together.

Collab, as the app is called, comes from Facebook’s New Product Experiments group and is currently only invited on iOS.

Still in beta, the app works by allowing users to record three separate short videos in which they play different instruments, such as drums or guitar or vocals.

Collab is a new app from Facebook that allows users to compose short video clips to make and share music

Collab is a new app from Facebook that allows users to compose short video clips to make and share music

After the pieces are recorded, users, alone or with a friend, can edit the videos together to create a song.

What sets Collab apart from just a video and music editing app, however, is the provision that once video segments are recorded, they should be posted publicly on a feed where others can view them.

From a feed, users can also reuse those clips in their own songs to create a whole new track.

Facebook says users are credited for using their clips in a song, and to create a song using someone else’s pre-recorded video, users must add at least one original part.

For now, users should post their creations on Collab before being shared on other social platforms like TikTok or Instagram, according to Facebook.

While Collab will focus on making music for the time being, it may expand to other media formats in the future as it becomes popular.

TikTok has boomed in popularity in recent years and has caught the attention of other social giants such as Facebook

TikTok has boomed in popularity in recent years and has caught the attention of other social giants such as Facebook

TikTok has boomed in popularity in recent years and has caught the attention of other social giants such as Facebook

Facebook rival TikTok experienced a similar popularity increase by starting out as a lip sync app in China and eventually introducing features that are strikingly similar to those in Collab.

Among them are tools called Duet and React that allow users to borrow videos from others in their own posts.

Facebook said users can sign up here to use the app that Collab will initially only be available to users in the US and Canada.

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