VOCHI, a Belarus-based startup behind a clever computer vision-based video editing app used by online creators, has raised an additional $2.4 million in a “late-seed” round that follows the company’s initial $1.5 million round led by Ukraine-based Genesis. The new funds follow a period of significant tool, which is now used by more than 500,000 people per month and has achieved a $4 million-plus annual run rate in a year. Investors in the most recent round include TA Ventures, Angelsdeck, A.Partners, Startup Wise Guys, Kolos VC, and angels from companies like Belarus-based Verv and Estonian unicorn Bolt. Along with the fundraising, VOCHI is elevating the company’s first employee, Anna Bulgakova, who began as head of marketing, to co-founder and chief product officer.
According to VOCHI explains Lesen of VOCHI’s technology. “Our team also developed a custom rendering engine for video effects that enables instant application in 4K on mobile devices. It works pretty fast, too — products are applied in just seconds.Ilya Lesun, the company’s idea was to provide an easy way for people to create professional edits that could help them produce unique and trendy content for social media that could help them stand out to become more popular. To do so, VOCHI leverages a proprietary computer vision-based video segmentation algorithm that applies various effects to specific . “To get this result, there are two trained [convolutional neural networks] to perform semi-supervised Video Object Segmentation and Instance Segmentation,”
And it works perfectly without quality loss,” he adds. The company used the initial seed funding to invest in effect on their video when they see something they like. The finished results can be shared on other platforms, like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.development, growing its catalog to over 80 unique effects and 30 filters. Today, the you give a video a particular aesthetic (like a dreamy vibe, artistic feel, or 8-bit look, for example). It also can lines, add blurs or motion, apply different filters, insert 3D objects into the video, add glitter or sparkles, and much more. In addition to editing their content directly, users can swipe through a vertical home edits others have applied to their content for inspiration. They can tap a button to use the same
Though based in Belarus, most VOCHI’s users are young adults from the U.S. Others hail from Russia, , Brazil, and parts of Europe, Lesen says. Unlike some of its video editor rivals, VOCHI offers a robust free experience where around 60% of the effects and filters are available without paying, along with other essential editing tools and content. More advanced features require a subscription, like effect settings, unique presents, and various special effects. This subscription, however, isn’t cheap — it’s either $7.99 per week or $39.99 for 12 weeks. This seemingly rather than casual users looking to have fun with their videos occasionally. (A one-time purchase of $150 is also available.) To date, around 20,000 of VOCHI’s 500,000 have committed to a paid subscription, which is growing at a rate of 20% month-over-month, the company says.