January 17, 2017 was the day that Vine died. Twitter, owner of the Vine website, decided to put an end to the Vine platform. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun making 6.5 second videos and sharing them with the world anymore. Twitter will rebrand the Vine platform and app into Vine Camera. Here is what you need to know about the new Vine Camera and what will happen to the old Vine platform.
Why did Twitter End Vine?
Twitter announced back in October 2016 that they would be closing down Vine in the coming months. The company didn’t really provide any definitive reason for the closure but money problems seems to be the primary cause for the shutdown. Twitter is losing money because the company is not growing with new users. They even had to fire 9% of their employees to stay afloat. Chances are high that Twitter felt that Vine wasn’t providing enough revenue in comparison to the cost to run the platform.
What is Vine Camera?
Originally, the Vine app let you take 6.5 second videos and upload them to the vine.co platform. People could watch, comment, and share your clips. The app itself didn’t have many features beyond making the clip and sharing it.
The new Vine Camera is an app that still lets you take 6.5 second video on your device. With the app, you can edit the video with the new edit options that weren’t a part of the original Vine app. There are also some advanced features for more professional clips.
How Do I Share Clips From Vine Camera?
There will no longer be a Vine platform to share the clips. The Vine.co website will not allow new clips. You can still view old vines on the website but nothing new will be added after January 17, 2017. So what do you do with the clips you made in the Vine Camera app?
There are only two options included with the Vine Camera app to share your clips. You can share your videos directly to Twitter from the app or save them to your camera to share elsewhere. To share the videos on Twitter you have to connect your Vine Camera to your Twitter account which is easy peasy. With just a tap, the new clip will appear on your Twitter feed. The 6.5 second clips will loop just like they used to do on the Vine platform.
Saving to your device is simple, as well. With the clip saved to your device, you can upload it to Youtube, Instagram, or Facebook.
Is The New Vine Camera Worth Using?
Really the new Vine Camera will be no different than other free video editing apps, and might even have less to offer. If you are used to the 6.5 second format then using Vine Camera might be a good idea and you will enjoy the new features. If you only used Vine because you could upload to the Vine platform at vine.co then you probably won’t want to bother with Vine Camera. The choice is yours whether to keep using it or not for Twitter or other social media sites.
What About All Those Viners I Follow?
If you used Vine mostly to watch clips and follow well-known viners then the Vine Camera will do nothing for you. Don’t even bother downloading it or updating the Vine app you already have.
You can still keep up with your favorite Viners but only if they continue to make videos on Twitter or some other video site. Twitter has created a feature on vine.co for viners to connect to their Twitter accounts and send viewers there. If you go to vine.co after January 17, you can still watch any old videos that remain on the site. When you visit the page of a viner you like, you will be prompted to follow them on Twitter and receive a link to their Twitter feed.
If the viner opts not to connect with Twitter then you will have to find them elsewhere. Do an online search and hopefully you will find where they have moved.
What About My Clips on Vine?
Twitter is providing three options to download and save all your videos on Vine. They will remain on vine.co for as long as Twitter keeps the site up, but you might want to download your clips to put them somewhere else or to have just in case the site goes down. You only have until January 17 to download your vines so get to it.
- Download your vines from the Vine app. Just choose “Save Videos” right next to Settings on the app. You can download your vines individually or in bulk right from the app. The clips go to your device but do not contain your captions you added to the video. You get only the video.
- Download your videos at vine.co. On your PC, visit the Vine website. At the top of the screen is a reminder to download your videos and scrolling along the right side is another reminder. Click either one to sign in to the site and download your videos. You will receive a bulk file that contains all of your clips as well as comments, captions, likes, and revines.
- Request an email. On both the PC and app versions of Vine, you can request to have an archive of your clips sent to your email. This is useful if you don’t have enough space on your phone to download all your clips. You can open the email on your PC and download the clips from there. The file will contain everything like with the PC download.
The end of the Vine is a sad thing, but at least with Vine Camera you can still make quick videos to share with your friends and family. Your favorite viners aren’t going away either as you can still find them on Twitter.