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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Record Twitter Video With Vine

Vine Share Page image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blogWhat could be better than a short 140 character message? How about a real short video? Twitter recently launched their answer to video, called Vine, and it lets users share video clips of up to 6 seconds on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and the Vine platform itself.

While 6 seconds doesn't seem like much, professional broadcasters will tell you that it can be a lifetime, especially where every half-second increments count. That's why Vine may be the next big social thing, since it's easy to both create and consume, and just like Twitter, is perfect for our short attention span world.

Want a quick look at some vines? You can start off by going to Vinepeek, an unmoderated real-time stream of Vines from all over the world, but if you want to get started posting vines yourself,  go to the App Store (it's an iOS app) and download the Vine app.

When you first open it, you will be asked to log in either with your Twitter account or email address, then you'll be asked if you want to receive push notifications and to let Vine access your location info.

After you've signed in, you'll be taken to a landing page where you'll be served up an editor's choice of Vine feeds until you start following the people that you choose.

To create a Vine, press the camera icon on the top right of the home page, which will take you to a new page that features a camera view, a status bar and and X to exit. To record, hold your finger on the screen, where you'll see the green status bar indicate how much you've recorded. Remove your finger and Vine will stop recording. You don't have to record all 6 seconds at once. You can record for a few seconds, stop, set up for a new shot, then record again for sort of a stop-motion movie.

After you've finished recording you can preview what you've shot and choose to keep or delete it. Then you're able to share it on Vine, Twitter or Facebook. Remember that if you choose to share on Twitter or Facebook, you also have to share it on Vine as well. If you don't choose to share it, you can save it anyway as a "camera roll," otherwise, all Vines are public. You can also choose to add a caption.

6 seconds can be a lot longer than you think, but it's still short enough that people are much more likely to watch a Vine than a regular movie. Now go get Vining!
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