Vine Camera Review

We've given you a primer on what Vine Camera is and how it works. So the question becomes: will Vine be a swinging good time for you, or will it just be a tangle of confusion and frustration?  Here's our take on what Vine's strong and weak points are.

Pros

  • Free for everyone — It costs no money to sign up for a Vine Camera account, download and install the Vine application, or do anything else on Vine for that matter.

  • Variety in the slices of life — Despite Vine videos being short, they are about all sorts of different things.  Nature, humour, sports, video games, comedy, art, celebrities, pets… there's something for just about everyone.

  • Stay in the know — You can "follow" certain users or "channels" (i.e. content categories) on Vine Camera to see more content of what you like.  You can even get notified when one of your favourite Vine users posts a new video!

  • Become famous, six seconds at a time — Vine also has features that let you create, edit, and share your own miniature videos with your friends, family, and social networks (including Vine itself). You can even upload a pre-made video from your mobile device into Vine Camera, and then edit it from there!

Cons

  • Time is fleeting — Six seconds isn't a lot of time with which to create a video, so you're going to have to be crafty! Also, the fact that videos often auto-play, are short, and repeat can get kind of annoying.

  • You have to create on the go — You can watch, like, comment on, and share Vine videos from the website.  However, if you want to create and post your own videos on Vine, you have to download and install the mobile application.

  • Not always safe for work — Certain content on Vine may be offensive or distasteful to you, as it may include violence, strong language, or mild sexuality. Users can label their videos as "sensitive" to alleviate this problem, but be aware that this kind of content may still show up occasionally.

The bottom line: 7.5/10

Vine Camera isn't exactly all that useful in practical terms, but it is a fun and unique way to view the creativity of others (and show off your own, if you wish). It's free to sign up for and use, and there are lots of different types of content on Vine to make you laugh, gasp, think, and smile. Plus, you can follow other Vine users and "channels" of content to see more of what you want and less of what you don't. You can even try your hand at putting together videos yourself with Vine's easy-to-use editing tools.

Vine videos are a challenging medium to work with, though, as you only have six seconds to say and/or show something interesting. Plus, you need to download and install the Vine Camera application for your mobile device to get the full functionality out of Vine; you can't create, edit, or post your own Vine videos without the app. Finally, you aren't always going to like everything that you see on Vine, either because the auto-playing and looping videos get annoying, or the content is explicit (in terms of violence, coarse language, or mild sexuality). Just be aware of that.

 

Well, if you're ready to see what Vine is like for yourself, we'll start you off with a lesson on how to sign up for a Vine Camera account!


What Vine Camera Is and How It Works

You've likely heard the phrase "living in the moment." Well, Vine Camera is a popular Internet-based mobile device application that's all about living from moment to moment! It's full of beautiful moments, funny moments, awe-inspiring moments, and thought-provoking moments… millions of short videos that are all creative slices of life. And all of the videos repeat after they finish playing, so you can relive your favourite moments again and again and again!

So, what exactly is Vine Camera?

Vine Camera is an application for mobile devices that facilitates the creating, and sharing of repeating videos that are 6 seconds in length or shorter. You can shoot your own videos, edit them, and share them on your favorite social media platforms, using Vine's special features.

Vine Camera used to be known simply as Vine, but was changed in January 2017 to update with a new interface. Vine is very similar to Instagram, a video and picture application run by Facebook, especially now that you just share it on your own social media websites. Remember, Vine videos are short, so they should be compelling and funny!

How does Vine Camera work?

Simply point the camera on your device at what you want to film, and tap your finger anywhere on the shot. Hold your finger down until you're ready to stop filming, and then let go. From there, you can tap the arrow at the top-right, tap Edit to fix the video, and tap Save when you're done.

Vine video saving

The videos you shoot, you will be saved to your device's storage, but any video can then be shared as well! Simply tap Share after you've saved your video and then choose the platform you would like to share on, so all of your friends can see what you've filmed.

Share a Vine video

3 cool things about Vine

1. There are stories from every walk of life

Even though videos on Vine Camera are very short, there's a surprising amount of variety when it comes to what they can be about. Browse videos on a certain topic, or just see what's popular or trending. You can also search for users, videos, or hashtags by keyword on social media websites, and YouTube has been known to have great Vine videos as well.

Video of child playing baseball

2. Don't just watch; experience!

There are a bunch of things that you can do with videos on Vine, besides watching them over and over. Be sure to "Like" them across social media so you can find them again easily, comment on them (and see what other people have to say about them), or share them on your own accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or wherever else you want! You can even share them over email with your friends!

Functions for liking, commenting on, and sharing Vine videos

3. Share your creativity

Think you can show people something amusing, profound, or captivating in 6 seconds or less?  If so, take your shot at creating a Vine video!  You can make a new Vine video from scratch using a host of built-in recording and editing tools, or upload a video already on your mobile device.  Then, just add a caption and/or location to your video, choose what people or social networks you want to share it with, and then post it!

Editing an uploaded Vine video

Want to see some examples of things that people have made on Vine?  Check out these editor's picks!

 

Anyway, that's a brief introduction to Vine Camera! Throughout our Vine Camera course, we'll show you everything you need to know about how to live the Vine life… 6 seconds at a time! That includes downloading the Vine app, making your own 6-second masterpieces, and more! So don't go hanging at the end of your rope… swing to Internet stardom instead with Vine and Techboomers!