Jun 4, 2013
Finally, Vine has come to Android! The Twitter-owned video creation service that launched on iOS last year is now on Android 4.x devices.
Vines are 6-second videos that loop automatically, like GIFs with sound. They’re shot live; there’s no uploading of previously-created files (at least for regular users) and no editing afterward. What you shoot is what is shared.
So how do I use it?
It’s super-simple. Just hold down on the screen, and video+audio will start recording. Now, it’s possible to record just with a single tap of the screen, so opportunities for stop-motion animation or rapid, disjointed shooting can occur.
Remember that Vine videos loop around, so there’s creative opportunities there for videos crafted particularly to take advantage of this. Also, Vine videos are meant to record for a bit longer than the end of the 6-second bar while recording, with sound fading out.
Right now, the app is a little bit buggy – I tested a recording on the Nexus 7 and the sound got out of sync, so don’t expect perfect results, or something on par with what iOS users have been doing quite yet
Who’s worth following on Vine?
There’s actually a decent number of celebrities using the service for comedy – James Urbaniak (known as the voice of Dr. Venture on The Venture Bros. and a character actor across film and TV), Will Sasso (MADtv), Adam Goldberg (NYC 22, The Unusuals), and Marlo Meekins are all worth following. Reggie Watts is worth following as well, not so much for the humor of his Vines but because he shows how well looping can work. Game developers occasionally post in-development footage of their games – 6 seconds can reveal a lot! Musician and game developer Whitaker Trebella posts an eclectic mix of game development footage, musical interludes, and occasionally just weird footage that will haunt your nightmares.
There’s no easy way to link to someone’s profile to follow them on Vine, so just search for their name in the app and they should appear. Seenive is a good website that aggregates users’ Vines.
Just get out there, check out the Explore tab, make some silly, stupid, or even deadly serious Vines, and have fun. Tweet your Vines to @AndroidRundown!