by Eric Paolini
Is it possible to convey an interesting or funny message in a maximum of six seconds? Apparently it is. Twitter's new app "Vine" forces users to limit their videos to six seconds or less much like Twitter's 140 character limit.
I know the six second limit sounds ridiculous but, as it turns out, it is an almost perfect limit. The small limit is what kept me away for a few weeks after hearing of Vine. But it forces users to be creative with their limited time. Luckily I did eventually check it out because there are numerous creative Viners (ugh, I know) that have funny and interesting videos.
The mechanism for recording in the app (at least in iPhone app) allows for easy editing and stop motion effects. It only records when your finger is on your screen (I'm assuming it is the same for the iPad). This point and click method allows you to set up new camera angles quickly. If you want to go back and forth between two different camera angles I believe you'll have to constantly set up the new shot. But then again, you have six seconds. How many different shots can you have in that time?
The next thing Vine incorporated that works extremely well is looping. The six second or less clip plays on a loop until you move on to the next clip. This becomes another method of creativity to create a clip that has a seamless transition from second 6 back to second 1.
I don't know if this new app will have staying power. It's user base is growing, but they can always get bored and move on to the next social media platform. It has the opportunity to be a nice companion with Twitter in the form of short and sweet videos.
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