SAN FRANCISCO, 23rd Jul 2020– PicsArt, the world’s largest visual creative platform has acquired advanced video effects company D’efekt for an undisclosed sum.
The female-led startup has been featured as an Apple “App of the Day” various times and offers motion-based video effects including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation.
D’efekt’s three co-founders will continue to build an independent app with further resource investment from PicsArt.
The D’efekt app which will be rebranded to include the PicsArt name over the next few weeks adds to PicsArt’s suite of powerful visual editing apps, including the all-in-one PicsArt photo and video-editing app on web and mobile.
D’efekt turns users’ videos into works of art through world-class audio reactivity, object detection, and interactive objects. With just one tap, users can apply motion effects to a single person, multiple people, or an object, as well as make edits strictly to their video’s background.
This multimedia addition builds on PicsArt’s recent integration with generative AI music, which produces unique audio matching soundtracks to user videos based on genre, mood, and more.
Based in Armenia, D’efekt is the brainchild of three creatives, where handcrafted design meets tech engineers Vahagn Kachikyan, Nané Toumanian, and Tatevik Gasparyan.
Together, the highly collaborative team brings its deep artistic mindset and seasoned design talent to influence PicsArt’s visual effects, as the platform’s viral videos continue to feed into platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
“It’s an honor to join PicsArt, a company we’ve followed from its inception. We’re looking forward to having D’efekt become part of a brand with incredible creative tools, content, and a passionate community,” said Nané Toumanian, CEO and co-founder of D’efekt. “We can’t wait to see our app go out to hundreds of millions of people, making best-in-class video effects accessible to an entire generation of visual storytellers.”