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It’s easy to forget about the video function built into your camera phone.
It’s just that videos end being too big to send to friends, and who wants to wait for a video to download anyway?
Man, are we spoiled. Back in our parents’ day, they had to carry 20lb VHS recorders just to shoot a few minutes of film! Us? We have a video recorder that fits in our pocket.
Vine fixes all of this and then some.
It’s an app that lets you share snippets of video –six seconds to be exact– in a super-digestible format. As you scroll through a stream of friends’ videos, the video on your screen instantly plays.
This isn’t just another Instagram. It’s a whole new platform for showing off your creativity. There’s so much you can do in six seconds!
Plus, you get to share life-experiences with friends as they happen. And that right there is pretty much the coolest thing your phone has to offer.
So get it, and then read on for all the best tips, ideas, and inspiration on Vine.
p.s. Hey DSLR lovers! Have you seen the Lensbaby Spark? It’s a way fun, bendable tilt-shift lens that’s totally affordable.
What is it?. A platform for sharing super short videos. You get to follow friends, like and share. It’s a little like Instagram, except videos instead of photos (obvi).
Android or iPhone? iPhone only … for now. The Vine team is expanding in prep for an Android version (no word on when).
How do you use it? First, download it. (It’s free!) Connect your Vine to your Twitter account to help your friends find you. To start, hit the film camera icon in the top right. Every time you touch the live-view on your screen, you record something. You can record many different shots or one continuous shot. Six seconds max.
But why? It gives your friends a live glimpse into your life. Since you can’t upload a video to Vine, all your friends know you shot that video at that very moment, which is basically awesome!
Where to start? We asked Jake Lodwick, creator of Vimeo (and of awesome Vines), for tips, and he offered this excellent advice, “ A great Vine tickles the brain in a way photos can’t. Think about these differences and embrace them. In video, effort pays off. Sometimes you’ll spend ten minutes setting up a shot, or you’ll have to remake a video four times to get it right. Hold yourself to high standards and your audience will reward you.”
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To find someone on Vine, just go to the Explore tab, and type the person’s name into the search box. You can also find friends by going to Settings > Find People >.
(Okay, we lied, 12 awesome people to follow!)
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