Thursday, 26 September 2013

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30 Facts About Vine You Might Not Know

Vine is owned by Twitter.
Vine was named after (and is short fo) Vignette, which is defined as “a short impressionistic scene.” Vignette is also a photo filter in the Twitter app.
The official homepage of Vine is belongs to Amazon and was purchased for $500,000.
Vine does not require a unique username.
You do not need a Twitter account to use Vine.
Vine is free.
If you flip / reverse the Vine logo, it reveals the number 6…the length of the videos on Vine.
Vine videos are just MP4 format videos, playable anywhere.
Vine does not have a desktop application.
There are several 3rd party websites where you can view Vine, most of them aren’t that great.
The Vine with the most likes (and profile with most likes) is by Will Sasso, a comedian.  In one video he starts to sing but ends up spitting up a lemon.
5 Vines are Tweeted every second.
11am is the most popular hour on Vine.
Weekends are the most popular day on Vine.
5 Tweets per second contain a Vine link.
Vine launched in January of 2013.
There have been approximately 5,000,000 – 10,000,000 downloads of Vine on the Google Play store alone.
Vine has resurrected and popularized stop motion photography.
Vine is located in Union Square, NYC.
Vine believes that constraint (6 second videos) requires creativity, like Twitters 140 character limit.
In February 2013 reporter from Turkey used Vine to record the aftermath of a suicide bombing at the US embassy.
You can view and record pornography on Vine.
There are more embedded video enabled Instagrams than Vines.
Simply Measured offers a free Vine analytics tool by connecting with Twitter, but it only measures videos shared on Twitter.
To record a Vine video, either hold in the view finder on the camera app or tap it repeatedly.  Then save and share.
Vine videos infinitely loop.
You need to contact Vine to delete your account.
Twitter offers a Vine FAQ page.
Vines blog is part of Tumblr.
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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 >

Adam Goldberg.

Actor and photographer. Adam’s been especially creative with story-telling Vines and describes them as “little horror movies.” (An interview.)

Creative musings & experimentations from a San Francisco photographer.
    Jake Lodwick.

    Creator of Vimeo, Pummelvision, and a million other great things.
      Paul Octavious.

      Chicago-based photographer. Paul’s Vines are as wondrous and delightfully creative as his photographs.
        Alison Stevenson

        Stand-up comedy in 3 to 6 second tidbits.
          Reggie Watts.

          Comedian and musician, Reggie is masterful at applying & editing sound on Vines. Watch a couple here.

          Mark Weaver.

          An art director & designer who specializes in stop-motions of self-arranging Legos.
            Jimmy Fallon.

            Excellent for a funny fix.

            A San Francisco-based photographer who has some great examples of playing with phone lenses and a knack for travel Vines.
              Jordan Burt.

              Short, clever skits that will make you LOL.
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              GIF Vine.

              Enter any Vine URL to turn a Vine into a GIF (loads faster than a Vine vid). Nab a Vine URL by Tweeting your Vine from the app. You can also just add the word “gif” in front of any Vine URL to make it a GIF!

                This site shows you Vines as they’re posted in real-time. “So sit back and watch the world in 6 second bites.”

                  This doesn’t require any explanation.
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                  10 WAYS TO PLAY WITH VINE


                  Some of the best Vines we’ve seen are the ones that seamlessly loop over and over. Keep your eye open for a repeating motion, and time your recording so that the loop repeats without any major jumps. Holding still or setting your phone on a flat surface as your record will help you get a smooth loop. You’ll be rewarded with a mesmerizing replay. It’s like looking at a photo that moves!

                    Open & close the shutter. 

                    Hold something over your lens so all you see is black (or white). Now quickly take it away. Doing this gives you a blown out image on your screen, which slowly brings an image into view. It’s kind of like watching a Polaroid develop! Check out our Vine that demos this idea.

                      Use lenses for dream sequences.

                      Macros are especially surreal (watch this one by Cole Rise). Try shooting through a bottle or plastic for out-of-focus and blurry dreamy video. Use a telephoto to shoot from far away or a fisheye to shoot a rap vid.

                      Make a not-boring slideshow. 

                      Set your phone somewhere where it will stay still (flat surface or on a tripod), place a photo in front of your camera and record for a second or two. Stop, replace it with another and record again. Repeat!
                      Slideshow Vine by Kim A. Thomas
                        Make a cinemagraph.

                        Pick a shot that’s mostly still but has just one or two elements that move. Think, a room with a single fan spinning in the corner or a landscape with a river running through it. Check out Noah Kalina’s account for a couple awesome Vines that show off this idea.
                          Tell a story.

                          Accomplish this one by editing together totally different shots. This can be to show your followers what you’re up to, or it can be totally fictional, like a mini movie.

                          Use transitions.
                          You can make your Vines extra cinematic by holding something over your lens to create a black screen between shots.
                          Vine by Adam Goldberg

                            Keep your phone in one spot, shoot in a place with consistent lighting, have patience, and you’re golden.

                              Panning = drama.
                              Pan across a space for cinematic drama. Try a dolly, a toy with wheels, or simply walking slowly alongside your subjects. Our very own Darby used a table dolly to pan across this dino conga line.

                                Contribute to Hashtags.

                                Check out what other Viners are up to by visting the Explore tag. Explore lets you view Popular Vines, Editor’s Picks and a bunch of hashtags, like #howto, #magic, #remake, and #loop.
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                                10 VINE PRO-TIPS


                                If you’re shooting one continuous shot, you don’t have to hold your finger down the entire time! Just swipe left to right on the dark grey area below your frame, and it’ll shoot the rest for you.
                                Shoot a short loop.

                                You also don’t have to shoot the full six seconds! Vine lets you post a video with a minimum of three seconds. After three seconds, a check box in the lower right corner pops up. Hit that to post your short vid.

                                Play with sound.

                                Use your headphones that have a built-in mic for a better recording of your voice. (Check out our demo!) Or use an iPhone Boom Mic to get better recordings of people’s voices. If you have access to heavy duty weather-proof case, put it on for close-to-silent videos. Otherwise, politely tell everyone in the room to shaddap.

                                Shoot from afar.

                                Trick your phone into thinking you’re touching the screen. Just touch the positive e
                                nd of a battery to your screen, and it’ll start a recording. You can even attach the battery to a stick to tap the screen from afar. Helpful for tricky angles.

                                Wanna gaze into your Vine-crush’s eyes for just a second longer? Tap the Vine to pause. Tap it again to play.

                                Make a flawless stop-motion.
                                Use a tripod to make precise stop-motions. This’ll keep your video from looking jumpy. 
                                Prevent focus adjust.

                                Sometimes you’ll see a pulsation in the middle of your Vine. That’s your auto-focus adjusting. To prevent this, hold still by bracing your arms against yourself, set your phone on a ledge or use a tripod. (FYI, sometimes it’s not preventable because your subjects are moving.)

                                Embed your Vine on the web.

                                Use these instructions to embed your Vines into pretty much any website.


                                 Swipe left to right on the upload bar to delete an upload before it posts. If your internet is super-fast and it already posted, hit the “…” in the bottom right corner of your Vine, and it’ll give you the option to delete.
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                                What Is Vine And Vine Basics

                                What is Vine?

                                Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos. Videos you post to Vine will appear on your Vine profile and the timelines of your Vine followers. Posts can also be shared to Twitter or Facebook.

                                How do I get started?

                                Vine is currently available for iOS and Android devices. You can download Vine for iOS in the Apple App Store, and Vine for Android in the Google Play Store. After installing Vine on your device, you can sign up using an email address or sign in with your Twitter account. Once you've logged in, you can find people to follow, post your own videos, and more.
                                Note: Though we’ve been very focused on releasing Vine for Android, we’ve continued to release updates and add new features to the iOS app. As a result, the two apps are not perfectly in sync, but that won’t be the case for long –– over the coming weeks, you’ll see frequent Android updates with new features.

                                How do I find people I know on Vine?

                                You can quickly find people you know on Vine through your device's address book and people you follow on Twitter. You can also search for people on Vine or invite them via text message or email. To get started, tap the menu button in the top left corner, select "Profile", and then tap the button with two people on it in the top right corner.

                                How do I find new posts or people to follow on Vine?

                                The Explore section is a great way to find videos from the Vine community. Just tap the menu icon in the top left corner and select "Explore" to see posts that are "Popular Now" or "On The Rise", Vine Channels, and Trending Tags. From here, you can also search for specific people or hashtags.

                                Can I control who sees the content I post on Vine?

                                Profiles and posts on Vine are public by default, which means that anyone on the service can view and share them. Beginning with version 1.3, you can protect your posts, making them visible in Vine only to the people you approve to follow you. If you protect your posts, you will be the only one who can choose to share your protected posts outside of Vine (to Twitter or Facebook). When a post is shared outside of Vine and the post URL is revealed, anyone with the URL can view the post.
                                To protect your posts, navigate to your Profile and then select “Settings” and “Your Content.” On the “Your Content” page, check “Posts are protected.” This setting applies to all of your posts. Behavior for protected posts is as follows:
                                Public postsProtected posts
                                • Within Vine: Visible to all Vine users
                                • Within Vine: Visible only to your followers
                                • Shareable to Twitter and Facebook, and embeddable (by you or by other Vine users). Sharing externally reveals a post’s URL. Anyone with the post URL can view the post.
                                • Only you can choose to share your posts. If you share a post to Twitter or Facebook, or embed it, the post's URL will be revealed. Anyone with the post URL can view the post.
                                • Eligible for public feeds (e.g., Popular Now, Editor’s Picks, trending hashtags)
                                • Not eligible for public feeds (e.g., Popular Now, Editor’s Picks, trending hashtags)
                                • Any Vine user can comment on or like your posts.
                                • Only your followers can comment on or like your posts.
                                • Anyone can follow you. If you want to prevent certain users from following you, you may block them.
                                • Users must request to follow you, and you choose whether or not to approve them. (If you switch from public to protected, existing followers will remain. You can block them if you no longer want them following you.)
                                • Can be revined.
                                • Cannot be revined. When you switch to protected, any posts that have been revined will disappear from the feeds of users who revined them.

                                What happens to posts I create but don’t publish?

                                If you use Vine to create a post and you choose not to share it on Vine, the post will be accessible only through your device’s photo or video library. Currently there is no way to post a video to Vine from your device’s photo library.

                                How do I choose a username?

                                Choosing a username is easy because Vine does not require a unique username. When you sign up for Vine using either your Twitter account or email address, you can add any name to your account so long as it does not contain any special characters (+ and - are OK). You can change your username any time in your profile settings.

                                How do I add or change my email address?

                                You can change the email address on your Vine account at any time. To do this, navigate to your profile and then select “Settings”. From there you can add or change your account information, including your email address.

                                How do I share a video posted on Vine to Twitter or Facebook?

                                You can share posts on Vine to Twitter or Facebook by visiting your profile settings and adding a Twitter or Facebook account under “Social Networks.” Once you’ve added a Twitter or Facebook account, you’ll have the option to share to that service each time you post a video.
                                If you want to share a video to Twitter or Facebook after posting it to Vine, you can do this by tapping the “Share” button (arrow pointing up and to the right) under your post and then selecting Twitter or Facebook. This will share the post, along with the caption.
                                You can also share someone else’s Vine post, as long as that user has not protected his/her posts.

                                How do I change the Twitter account connected to my Vine account?

                                If you signed up for a Vine account using a Twitter account and would like to connect a different Twitter account to your Vine account, you must first make sure that the Vine account has an email address associated with it. Once you’ve added an email address to your Vine account in your profile settings, you can delete the connection to Twitter and then reconnect using a different Twitter account.
                                Please note that your Vine account’s profile picture and bio will remain the same as the ones from the Twitter account you originally signed up with. You can change your profile pic or bio at any time in your Vine account’s profile settings.

                                How do I delete a video I posted on Vine?

                                You can delete any video you’ve uploaded by navigating to the post on Vine and tapping on the icon with three dots just below the video. Select “Delete post” and the video will be deleted and removed from your account. Please note that it may take a few minutes for the post to be removed from your followers’ timelines.
                                If your post was shared to Twitter or Facebook, the Tweet or Facebook update will still appear, along with a link to the post, but the video will not play.

                                I just deleted my post! How do I undo?

                                Deleting posts is a permanent action. There is no way to retrieve a deleted post.

                                What do I do if my post failed to upload?

                                If your video fails to post, try refreshing first. If the post continues to fail, you will need to remove this post from the upload queue in order to upload a new video. You can cancel the upload by swiping on the failed upload and tapping the red “X.” video should still be accessible via your device’s photo or video library. However, you will not be able to upload the video to Vine once you’ve canceled the upload, as there is currently no way to upload a video from your device’s photo or video library.

                                How can I embed a Vine post on my website?

                                To embed any public Vine post (or a protected post that has been shared to Twitter or Facebook) simply tap the “Share” button (arrow pointing up and to the right) located below the Vine post, and then tap “Embed.” This will generate an email containing the embed link.

                                How can I use the Vine logo?

                                How can I display videos from Vine in broadcast or offline?

                                How do I report a post on Vine?

                                If you come across an offensive post on Vine, you can report the post by tapping the button with three dots at the bottom of the post (below the comments) and selecting “Report this post.”

                                How do I block someone from following me?

                                To block an account from following you, simply navigate to that account’s profile and tap the button with three dots at the right of the top menu bar and select “Block this person.” Blocking an account will prevent the user from following you and viewing your profile, but they will still be able to view and comment on your videos that appear in popular results for search tags.

                                How do I delete a comment?

                                You can delete a comment by tapping on the comment icon (speech bubble) to get to the comments screen; then, swipe the comment and tap the red “X”. You can delete your own comments, and you can also delete comments on your posts from other users.

                                What is the “sensitive posts” setting, and when should I use it?

                                The sensitive posts setting allows you to label your posts for the appropriate viewers. If your posts contain material that might be considered sensitive such as nudity, violence, or medical procedures, you should apply the sensitive posts setting. Users will be required to click through a warning message before a post is displayed to them.
                                To mark your posts as sensitive, navigate to your Profile and then select “Settings” and “Your Content.” On the “Your Content” tab, check “Sensitive posts.”
                                If another user notices that you have not marked your post appropriately, that user may flag your post for review.

                                How do I sign out of my account?

                                To sign out of your account, go to your Profile and tap Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap “Log Out.”

                                How do I delete my account?

                                We'd prefer if you didn't! But please contact us if you insist. To help us process your request, be sure to add your email address to the Vine account you would like deleted so that we can confirm your ownership of the account.

                                How do I contact Support?

                                You can contact us if you need help logging in or signing up, reporting a bug, requesting a new feature, or reporting abusive behavior. Please see this page for contact information regarding other inquiries.
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                                Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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                                Learn How TO Use twitter Vine

                                Learn how to use Twitter’s new video sharing service to make your own quirky animation with our tutorial for iPhone and Android smartphone.
                                Vine is a new way to create and share short, snappy, looping videos. The app, which was released with much fanfare earlier this year in conjunction with Twitter, has already amassed a sizeable following of users keen to capture movement in video. Abbreviation is the name of the game here – Vine videos are only six seconds long. No longer, no shorter. Its duration is aimed at falling in line with Twitter’s 140-characters per tweet limit and developers argue that the limit inspires users to be creative.
                                Vine is a community very much in its infancy, but it’s clearly already attracting a lot of users keen to show off their video-taking skills, as one look at the app’s Explore feature proves. Much like Twitter, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time moving from one trending hashtag to the next.
                                In this tutorial we’re going to show you one of the more creative things you can do with Vine. Stop-motion animation is over a century old, and was made universally popular by Aardman Studios and its Wallace and Gromit films in the Nineties. You used to need an expensive array of equipment to create something professional, but now all you need is an iPhone or Android smartphone, the Vine app, and a steady hand. We’ll go through the basics and let you use your imagination. There are plenty of examples already on Vine, and it won’t be long before you’ve got the knowledge to join in. Let’s get started.

                                Step 1: Sign in

                                Although Vine is inextricably linked to Twitter, you don’t have to have a Twitter account to use it. You can sign in with an email address, but we found it much easier to create an account via Twitter.

                                Step 2: Get started

                                You’ll be taken straight to Vine’s homepage. Hit the camera icon in the top-right to start recording. Have a play around and create a normal clip by tapping and holding on the screen to record.

                                Step 3: Planning

                                To create a stop-motion clip, you’ll need to plan meticulously. It’s not something that you can do off the cuff. You need to be aware of your surroundings, the tools at your disposal, and your plan of action.

                                Step 4: Take one

                                You’ll be surprised at how long six seconds is in terms of animation. Keeps things simple. Cut frequently to create the animation-style footage you’re after by simply taking your finger off the screen to create multiple shots.

                                Step 5: Final cut

                                As you build up the number of cuts you film, your stop-motion clip will begin to take shape. Don’t be afraid to mix up the style of shot for that added element of surprise. When you’re happy, hit Next.

                                Step 6: Showcase

                                Now you can show off your creativity. You can share it on Vine (a default setting naturally) and to Twitter or Facebook. Don’t forget to add some hashtags and a location if you deem it necessary. Recently, Vine has also added the ability to embed videos into websites.
                                Have you enjoyed this tutorial? Did you find it helpful? Feel free to add your Vine tips to our comments section.

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