Easy-to-use interface; One-touch video continuation; Ability to choose video length up to 6 seconds; Records audio; Quick upload and sharing times
No Android version; Can't make profile private; Can't use previously recorded videos;
The Twitter-owned Vine lets you record fun short video clips and post them to the social network.
It's like Twitter for video. In fact, it is. Vine, acquired by Twitter in October, lets you make videos on your iPhone up to 6 seconds long, then post it to your social network. But with the very similar Cinemagram already on the market, how does Vine compare?
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Vine looks very similar to Cinemagram, in that it has Explore, Activity and Profile tabs. They're located within a top nav bar as opposed to a bottom nav bar, but the interface is overall very easy to learn.
The Editor's Picks and Popular Now feeds seemed to be identical, but perhaps that's because the app has just launched and there's nothing yet to differentiate the two categories. All Posts is just what it sounds like -- every recently uploaded post from Vine users. However, all pages took a bit longer than we liked to load the first time we accessed them.
Once you acquire friends on Vine, your Home page will show your videos as well as theirs. You can like or comment on their videos, as well as report them as inappropriate.
The Activity tab simply shows your activity, including who's following you and who has liked or commented on your videos.
We tried searching for users via first name, and we were taken to a list of search results where we could add any of those people. We didn't like how we could add anyone, even if they were a stranger; this means there's no option to confirm or deny followers.
Alternatively, instead of going into Settings in your Profile tab, you can tap the People icon in the right of the top nav bar to search for potential friends via your address book, Twitter, Facebook or a search option.
How Vine Works
To start making your video, tap the Camera icon in the right corner of the top nav bar on the Home screen. To record, hold your finger on the screen. You can hold your finger on the display or the entire 6 seconds of the video, or you can remove it, find a different video subject, then press down again. Since Vine only records when your finger is on the screen, you can create videos with three different focal points. As long as you leave the video in progress open, you can exit out of the app and use your device for other functions, then return to the video later.
When we scrolled down through the feed of videos, we could hear audio of each, and audio on our own videos came through crystal clear. This is definitely a one-up on Cinemagram, which lacks audio. When we tweeted our videos, we could choose to mute or unmute, so you could hear audio if you like.
You can't use video already saved on your phone, so we braved the cold and recorded five different New York moments. We like that you can control how many sub-videos you want in each recording, and the length of each as well. The video function was easy to use, but a word of caution; you can't delete individual clips within a video once you start recording.
After you create your video, you can add a caption with hashtags and add a location. A copy of your video is also saved within your Camera Roll.
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