What could you show the world in six seconds? That’s the idea behind Vine, a service introduced Thursday that allows you to create and share looping videos.
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Currently only available for iOS, Vines are created by pressing and holding your finger down on the screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. You’re given 6 seconds of “tape” for your video masterpieces, but you can start and stop recording as many times as you’d like during that six seconds to include several different scenes.
For instance, I created this Vine showing off some of the toys I have on my desk, starting and stopping the recording to pick up a new toy. The service can also be used to create a stop-motion video, moving the subjects slightly between each clip. Important to note: Vine is also recording audio, so you'll want to record in quiet places or at the very least be conscious of what audio is going on around you.
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Once you’re done creating a video, you’re given the option to share your finished masterpiece on Vine, Facebook and Twitter. You can also add a caption and location information to the video. Your finished Vine is also saved to the camera roll on your device. If you want to share a video from the app you have to do it right when you upload it, there’s currently no option to go back and share later.
Check out a step-by-step guide to using Vine in the gallery above.
I gave the app a try this afternoon and, truth be told, it really is as simple as it looks.
One hiccup I ran into was a software glitch -- or potentially a poor cell signal -- in uploading a recently completed Vine. The Vine didn’t upload, and prevented my next Vine from being uploaded until I deleted it from the queue.
Another apparent software bug also prevented me from adding a caption to one video, and another made it so a video I tried to share on Twitter never made it to the service. That wouldn't be a huge deal, except you can't go back and share videos, so that magical moment may never make its Twitter debut.
Vines also autoplay from your timeline (or while you're browsing) which can make things awkward if you're sitting in an office and suddenly start blasting sounds from a particularly lively Vine. Audio can be turned on and off, but that still doesn't stop a few slip-ups from happening.
Vine is certainly buggy, but its also new. Hopefully we'll see an update soon that works out the kinks and make the service really shine.
What sorts of things can you see Vine being used for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Image credit Mashable, Emily Price
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