Recently a new app started to gain worldwide popularity in the app store. The platform founded in 2014 is called Musical.ly and as the name suggests, the app is focused on music, more precisely lip-sync. Here is everything you need to know about Musical.ly!
In contrast with similar apps like Vine and Dubsmash, Musical.ly encourages communication between users. The platform is also known for its famous challenges such as the #FlippingBottleChallenge and #AirSwimmingChallenge that are trending right now.
In a nutshell, on Musical.ly you can lip-sync to all kinds of songs, from K-pop and dance music to comedy sketches and movie dialogues. But what makes this app unique you may ask? For starters after only two years since being launched, it already reached 60 million regular users.
Even famous pop-stars such as Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, and Jason Derulo started using this app as a platform for promoting their music. However, the online platform already has its celebrities, which are called musers, and they are using their creativity and humor into making awesome music videos with a variety of effects. Some of the top musers are Baby Ariel (9.3 mil followers) Jacob Sartorius (6.5 mil followers), Lisa and Lena (3.5 mil followers) and remember the girl from Sia’s video? Maddie Ziegler? Yep, she also hoped on Musical.ly train just like us.
Aside from the very talented users, what makes the app stand out are its very special effects. Just like any other social platform, Musical.ly has created a cult of gestures and a way of filming of its own. Musers use a combination of hand gestures, camera moving and funny face mimic in their videos. Some users take their videos the next level by recording multiple joined clips for jump cuts that transition from one scene to the next.
When it comes to time edit, you can do so much more. Videos can be shot in Epic, Slow, Normal, Fast and Time Lapse modes.
Funny enough, I love Musical.ly! The app has a handy and attractive design, and they made it very easy for you to find other users. I love the fact that I can see today’s clips based on location and find other musers near me. You can interact in many ways with other people there by asking them questions, giving away hearts (it’s a form of giving validation just like on Instagram), messaging them and you can even invite users at a duet. I got asked by Jason Derulo to sing one of his new songs. I’m not joking!
See? Although I’m not getting my hopes up, it was probably someone from his promotion team. He’s got excellent dance moves, though. Maybe I should join him on that duet thing.
As much as I love this app, there are also a few downsides to it. At my first attempt to make a lip sync video I noticed that it was slightly delayed. I thought that maybe it didn’t install right, but that wasn’t it. After doing some googling shmoogaling, it seems the app has some bugs that need fixing. I guess it’s not that surprising, it’s a young app, and a lot of people started using it all of a sudden.
Oh.. and BEWARE! All of your musical.ly videos are in portrait mode, keep that in mind when you film.
But seriously now, you should definitely give Musical.ly a try! And if you do so, add octitheoctopus and help me make an even bigger fool of myself on the internet!