NY Startup Vizlingo Translates Your Text Into Video Messages

Who isn’t tired of emoticons?  Want to say more than a smiley face? Vizlingo, a NYC based startup is trying to make sending notes and emotions easy with video, allowing users to create quick video messages based upon keywords. The concept is interesting, and similar to Pandora’s “genome” for music, Vizlingo is creating its own genome for video clips.
Azeo Fables, CEO of Vizlingo thinks the next wave of messaging is video and soon people will share video more than texting.
Vizlingo translates text into video messages.

Vizlingo translates text into video. With a short sentence, Vizlingo’s product create a unique clip for sharing and viewing,

“Text is generic and limiting,” said Fables. “We want to let users take the fun of capturing moments with video and re-live those moments through one of their other favorite activities: messaging.”

Vizlingo, which has raised $1.8 million, wants to bring more meaningful expression and personalization to the communication landscape. Fables says the average Facebook user creates 90 pieces of content each month, but how many of those pieces are fun, communicative, interactive and personalized?

“Emoticons is the only evolution that text-based messaging has seen. Is this the best our smart phones can do?” challenged Fables. “VizLingo sees a world where communication using a visual language is as easy as texting.”

Currently, Vizlingo creates a video made of clips based on your individual words or phrases, then shows you the video and allows you to swap out clips to express your words or phrases in different ways before sharing a link to your video but that’s just the beginning for now.  In the future, Vizlingo will seamlessly integrate with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube and possibly more; it will also launch iOS and Facebook apps sometime this fall. Fables said that Vizlingo will also allow users to submit clips to the library, which already has more than 30,000 video clips.

Vizlingo has the potential to integrate into language learning opportunities and other education possibilities, besides taking off as a popular messaging tool.

“The short frequent communication of social media, the popularity and technological advancements of smart phone and user generated content combine in VizLingo to allow every user to communicate with greater expression and emotion,” said Fables.

Fables thinks short messaging is going to change dramatically in the future and he’s willing to bet video translates more fluidly with online networks. Would you rather send a video clip over a text? When will the shift happen?