What Is Vine?

By Laurelle Taylor

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Since recently, I’ve noticed a shift in social media sites from having multiple features (each having equal significance) to sites having one primary focus with a few additional features. In other words we’ve gone from MySpace, Hi5 & Facebook(which is still relevant but I suspect won’t be around much longer) focusing on status, photo, & video updates (along with a bag of other random things) to Twitter-status, Instagram-photos, & YouTube-videos. While Twitter is big on what you think and say, and while it does allow it’s users to upload videos and photos, it’s not what it is known for and therefore they don’t need to compete with YouTube or Instagram. A singular focus is the smartest thing social media has ever done because users are getting tired of the constant changes social media sites (Facebook!!) make to match up to it’s competitors. However, there’s a new kid on the social media block, Vine, which focuses on 6 second video snippets that users upload to their ‘vine’ for other users who are ‘vining’ to see.

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Vine started in 2012 as a mobile video sharing app for iOS devices which allows users to create and ‘Vine’ video clips up 6 seconds long and was acquired shortly after by Twitter who launched it for Android devices 2 weeks ago (June 2) and has taken it to where it is now. Videos can only be made with an in-app camera which only records when the user touches their phone’s screen. After a video is made into a ‘vine’ it can be hashtagged, posted on the users Vine profile/homescreen and is then played in a continuous loop. Persons ‘following’ your vine account can then comment on your vine or click a smiley face ‘like’ button and can be viewed directly in the user’s Twitter timeline.

VINE IS LIKE INSTAGRAM FOR 6 SECOND VIDEOS

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At first, when you think about a site dedicated solely to people posting 6 second videos it sounds pretty stupid. I mean, what exactly can you achieve in 6 seconds that can be anything of substance? Why can’t I make my own 6 second video and upload it? Why do I have to use the in-app camera?
However, it’s not until you see someone elses Vine that you can truly appreciate the greatness that is Vining.

Vining is like a game and the rules a simple:
You have 6 seconds to record whatever you want.
You can only use the in-app camera.
You can only make 1 Vine at a time.
The camera only records when you touch the screen.
It’s up to you how you decide to follow them.

Ultimately, Vine:
Challenges the user’s creativity.
Forces the user to be concise, simple & to the point.
Makes user the editor & director of a 6 second story.

What does this all mean?
The idea of Vine is to capture different short instances which make up the 6 seconds of the video. It allows users to animate an object or create a stop motion or gif effect when making videos as the videos can depict sudden movement or time lapse.
eg. I want to make a vine showing how a triangle is made:
draw the first side, press my phone screen for two second (seconds 1-2),
draw the second side, press my phone screen again for two seconds (seconds 3-4)
draw the third and last side of the triangle and then press my phone screen for two seconds (seconds 5-6).
This video wouldn’t show the entire process of drawing the triangle because it only records when I touch the screen. It would show the 3 sides of a triangle appearing on the paper, seemingly out of nowhere.

Vine Lingo:
Vine: (n)your account, (n)each individual video
Vining: verb form of Vine eg. It’s Pixel Perfect is now Vining! Follow our Vine account at “Its Pixel Perfect”
Vine Gets a Thumbs Up!
Vine is not the next big thing, it is the big thing and it’s getting bigger by the second! Download the app today and start Vining!

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Top 10 users to follow on Vine

By Renee Elizabeth Gauntlett

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Twitter’s new social media app Vine has taken the world by storm. Users make and enjoy short videos ranging from what I call plain idleness to actually very intriguing animations. For the best of Vine, here are ten users you MUST follow.

1. Pinot

If you like art and animation, you will definitely get hooked on Pinot’s Vine. Pinot is an artist that uses the simplest of things, such as two-dimensional drawings (that are actually very good), to create interesting and unexpected 6-second stories.

2. Meagan Cignoli

The best word to describe Meagan Cignoli is unique. As a fashion photographer, she takes everyday life in the industry and turns it into creative Vines.

3. Matt Swinsky

Matt Swinsky takes on the character Lazer in a theatrical series of ‘Freddy vs Jason – type’ Vines. These Vines are very engaging for 6-second videos. Beware! This is not for the weak-hearted.

4. Tyler the Creator

I love this guy! If you want a good laugh and have a good sense of humour, follow Tyler the Creator on Vine. In just a few weeks, Tyler has gained over 1 million followers who love him for his comedic videos. Follow and you will see why.

5. Khoa

Khoa, as he describes himself, is a creative tech geek. His Vines are based on paper animations that are surprisingly quite captivating. While watching, I guarantee you’ll stop and say “Wait…how did he do that?” His Vines may even give you some creative ideas of your own.

6. Kevin Hart

We all know Kevin Hart for his appearance in movies, TV shows and stand-up comedy. He is iconic for his short stature and opposing loud character. If you’re having a bad day and need cheering up, you can always depend on Kevin Hart’s Vines to make you laugh!

7. Yelldesign

Artists and designers will love following Yelldesign on Vine. Their short videos are full of unique animations and designs that will keep you locked to the page. Always a good watch!

8. Kurt Braunohler

Kurt Braunohler is what I call ‘idle with a purpose’. Kurt’s crazy videos are always a joy to watch, especially on a bleak day. If you like pranks and jokes, follow Kurt Braunohler on Vine.

9. Jethro Ames

Your mom always told you not to play with your food, but what if your food creations made you famous? Among other things, Jetho Ames has made good use of his food on Vine. These Vines will have you thinking differently about the simple things surrounding you.

10. Rudy MancusoIf he’s not acting out in the street, Rudy Mancuso is making Vines with his mom (weird, right?). If you like corny stuff like I do, you should definitely follow Rudy Mancuso on Vine. Corny can be fun.

5 Great Online Sources for Camera Info

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My Life on Screen

Its Friday so it a new post for My Life On Screen,

 

Many people want to get into photography or videography but they don’t know where to start. Now 10, 15 years ago this may have been a problem but in today’s world this is just a lame excuse.

Man has come a long way from inventing the wheel, today we have the internet, that magical place where every, and anything can be found.

When I first decided to take up photography seriously I went online and read hundreds if not thousands of articles on anything that mentioned cameras. I watched tutorials, camera reviews and even videos comparing products.

 

To save you guys some time I have compiled a list of good sources for information on photography and videography online. Hope it helps.

5 Great sites to teach you how to use your camera.

1) PhotographyTalk.com – If…

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Instagram VS Vine = Facebook VS Twitter

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Remember when we all thought Twitter and Facebook were gonna be the be all and end all of social media? that they’d control this new era of sharing and connecting with people across the world via social networks, then came the rise of mobile and the desktop babies (Twitter and Facebook) began to SLIGHTLY lose relevance and most of us have shrugged off Facebook and Twitter with predictions of them dying a bloody spartacus type death to the new mobile era. Well my guess is that they won’t be the hottest social networks for too long but they’ll definitely have some major equity in this new mobile and visual social era either through acquiring the hottest apps (Facebook acquiring Instagram) or being totally bad-ass and creating their own popular mobile based social networks (Twitter making Vine). My guess is that the future of social will be lead by these two…

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