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Why Vine is So Fabulous And How to Publish Your Vids on Your Blog

Aeryn Lynne

If you’re here as part of the Summer Biannual Blogathon Bash for 2013, welcome!  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check out the bash here!)  I hopefully have three interesting posts for you to view and work with, and some fun mini challenges to boot!  You can join in at any time, and if you still need to sign up to try to win one of the amazing prizes available this round, now is the time to do so!  Wishing you all the best blogathon bash ever! Have fun! 🙂

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Okay, so I kind of backed myself into a corner when I set out to explain exactly why Vine is So Fabulous.  The only answer I can think of is, “It’s true! So there!”

What is Vine? OMG you have to ask?

Well, straight from the developers’ mouths… erm, fingers… “Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.”

Let me see if I can wow you with some examples…

I stood for about 10 to 15 minutes to watch the ship below come in to dock, you’re only seeing six seconds of those minutes.  Perhaps the most important seconds of those minutes.
[tweet https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/status/347406847206117377]

Imagine if I uploaded a YouTube video of the entire tall ship trip to the dock? And I made you watch it? That’s a lot of wasted minutes in our busy lifestyles to simply watch a boat come in on slow-mo. So… you’re welcome!  If that’s your thing tho, I also have a pot of water that will take time to boil, just watch and see!

Here’s another cool vine from that same tall ship (I had so much fun watching this ship come in!)
[tweet https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/status/347408919594930176]

And here’s another Vine vid I made quickly while making homemade pasta for the first time ever!  See? You can actually multitask with Vine.  It’s an addition to your blog posts, not a main event (which may or may not relieve some of the pressure of needing to make a vid.)
[tweet https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/status/346349539894104064]

Below is the very first Vine video I ever made.  Can you imagine how difficult it would be to try to describe what I got in the mail that day?  Does this truly explain it?, “I got mail, and screamed like the high-pitched girl that my inner-self is ’cause OMG my mail attacked me.” People may laugh and say things like, “How?” and then I’ll be left in a jumbled up mess of “It just did!” and advanced geometry and physics equations to explain the shape shifting projectile.

So once I stopped screaming, I grabbed my phone immediately, and made this…

[tweet https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/status/341670143195222018]

At this point, I would like to apologize for my spelling/grammar on Vine, as well as to those who are still using dial-up, ’cause four videos on one post is probably not making your browser happy.  And its entirely extreme to have four videos running on one blog post, but I’m trying to prove a point here.

And that point is: a picture will paint a thousand words, but a six second video will paint the Coles Notes version of War & Peace.

If you’re not thoroughly convinced, maybe go study those first two videos again.  What do you see?  I see wind blowing through hair and flags alike.  It’s a beautiful day outside and definitely windy. Men, who can sing (better shown in the first vid), have climbed the main mast, and OMG they’ve climbed the main mast and they’re singing!

I didn’t worry about lighting, I didn’t need a script, I took out my Vine app’d smartphone and just shot a mere six seconds of what I saw.

The other really cool thing, if you link your Vine account to your Twitter, is that you can encourage people to: favourite that specific video, retweet it, even potentially start following you, if this is how you’re going to embed your Vine vids to your posts.  Got to wonder if a six-second video introduction is much more provocative than the 140 character tweet that people judge you on when they’re deciding whether or not to follow you.

 

Did I succeed in convincing you that Vine is what the cool kids are using?

To Embed a Vine Video Using Twitter

Simply go to the specific tweet details (so that you’re on a page like: https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/statuses/341670143195222018 for example,) click on “More” and then “Embed Tweet”.  A new window will pop up with the code you need to copy and paste into your blog post’s text editor page! (Don’t paste the code into the HTML/Visual tab ’cause it won’t work that way.)

Click on More to Embed Tweet

How to Embed a Tweet Including Vine

 

And If You Require YouTube…

Every video you make is also saved to your phone’s hard drive, so if you’re not a Twitter user, you can grab your video off your phone and upload it to YouTube instead.

Limitations

Vine isn’t perfected yet.

  • There are no editing choices (well, not for another five days I think, there IS a Vine update happening very soon! It’s a great chance to learn the basics now before Vine gets “too complicated” to start,) if you make a mistake on your video, either you move on with the mistake or delete the vid and start fresh;
  • At least on my phone, you can only use the back facing camera – if your smartphone has two cameras, the front facing one can’t be selected (and no idea if that’s coming out soon either.);
  • You can only have one vid in the making at one time.  If you want to create a vid that spans a few hours or even a few days, go ahead a do so (I would LOVE to see it,) but you won’t be able to create any other Vine videos in the meantime;
  • Audio, again as far as my knowledge on the app in an android environment has demonstrated, there is no way to either increase or decrease volume, though I do know that video ZOOM is going to be released soon!

Mini Challenge:

If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, go download Vine (if you haven’t already) and record six seconds of awesomeness now.  Then create post and embed your Vine video!  Leave a link to that blog post in the comments below.  And if you don’t own a smart phone (WHAT?!) or its not compatible to this app, you’ll get a free hall pass on this challenge.

Download links:  Apple AppAndroid App

EDIT, June 21st 11:25AM EST: So instagram just updated their app today to include video posts (obviously to compete with Vine,) so now you have two options for posting video on your blog. No idea yet on time length, quality or audio as my phone is updating to the new version as I type this out.  What are your thoughts on this?

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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AJewelinMaking
June 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

Would this work for an I-pad?

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aerynlynne
June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

AJewelinMakingI wasn’t sure, but was able to check the Apple store (I don’t own any iProducts so haven’t been able to test these versions, though I’m sure they’re just as fun as the Android verions!)   Here are the requirements listed, and iPad is one of them…
Requirements: Compatible with
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation),
iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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chocwrap
June 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love this idea as we make loads of vids, but I don’t own a smart phone. I do have a camera that takes photos! 😉
So does that mean that I can’t use Vine?

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aerynlynne
June 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

chocwrap Vine is purely a smartphone application, but you can do something similar with your camera, an editing program, YouTube and Twitter.  Take brief videos with your camera (if your camera has a video setting that is!) and import that video into an editor, like Windows Movie Maker.  You can splice the video into a very short 10 second film that only shows the most important pieces that you value in the video.  Upload the ten second spot in YouTube and then get YT to share the post on Twitter.  Like Vine, YouTube posts will embed in the same way on blog posts. You can follow the embed instructions above for any Twitter media posts that you may have. 🙂 HTHs!

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AshleyPomykala
June 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I  really wanted to try it but it is incompatible with my smartphone. 🙁 That makes me sad…

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aerynlynne
June 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

AshleyPomykala That makes me sad too! :/  Are you a Windows Smartphone user? Blackberry?  In the one in a thousand chance that you happen to have a Nokia Windows phone, Instagram should be released within a week I believe (works just as well as Vine!)

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AlaiaWilliams
June 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Oh…this challenge. Haha. I just won’t get a point for this one. I’m not sold on Vine and I rolled my eyes when Instagram added video and Facebook added hashtags. 
That said, I did enjoy your post, but I will not be making any vines any time soon 🙂

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aerynlynne
June 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

AlaiaWilliams ah well, that’s too bad, lol. I guess I can’t win everyone over! 😉   I’m the complete opposite I guess, I love using hashtags in Facebook to quickly see other posts talking about the same topic (I thought it worked great with “#blogathon2” for instance.)   Instagram’s move to video is totally an attempt to compete against vine: more than double the seconds on the video, lol; filters; etc, but I was able to try it out last night and thought the whole thing was painless and fun to use for those who don’t have/use Vine.  Thanks for enjoying the read anyway! 🙂

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gjpcoach
June 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

Not sure if it’s just me but those videos don’t run on my laptop. I’m using chrome. When I put them in firefox they run but there’s no sound. YouTube is working find in both browsers. Weird . . .

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aerynlynne
June 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

gillianpearce hmm… do you know if these vids work for you on Twitter when you’re on your laptop? I’m just wondering if its the video itself, or the plugin I’m using to show the video on my blog.  And these vids are using Vine (a Twitter app) which is different from YouTube video.  Vine lets you save a copy of your videos so that you can upload them to YouTube if you wish, but they’re separate entities.

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gillianpearce
June 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

aerynlynne gillianpearce Hmmmm. I’m not sure. How would I check that? I was describing what happens if I click on the videos on this page in Chrome or copy the links to  Firefox. How would I go about checking them on Twitter for you?

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aerynlynne
June 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

gillianpearce  oh that would be fab if you could help me check if the wordpress plugin I’m using needs to be tweaked to get vine to work.  Each of those vids are embedded tweets, so the first one can be found on twitter here: https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/statuses/347406847206117377   If the video does work on that link, then I’ll have to find a different twitter plugin for my site!  Thanks for the help hun! 🙂

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gillianpearce
June 23, 2013 at 4:49 am

aerynlynne gillianpearce OK. If I click on that link or put straight in Chrome I get first pic or no pic. If I right click pic and click play I get the same thing. In Firefox vid plays but no sound.

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

gillianpearce that is so weird!  Not sure what to suggest…

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HeatherMcDougle
June 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm
Kim Mills
June 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Interesting I hadn’t heard of Vine!  I do have a tablet but it doesn’t take very good videos.  I normally record with my camera and upload to youtube.  For some reason I couldn’t get your vids to play either. 🙁

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

Kim Mills   am thinking it might be the plugin I’m using for my site that’s not showing the vid for you.  Will have to figure out a way to fix it! :/

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MisfitMomma
June 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

My son has been trying to get me to install Vine but I haven’t even looked into it. I’m getting some great ideas on how I can use this now!

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 12:15 am

MisfitMomma that’s great! 😀  Am looking forward to seeing what you’ll come up with. 🙂

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audramsilva
June 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I made an Instagram video, but I haven’t figured out how to imbed it yet.

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

audramsilvacool! A copy of the video is saved on your phone, so you could upload that video to YouTube if you wish.  Or you could try these instructions… http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/heres-how-you-embed-instagram-video/  I haven’t tried them myself, but it sounds like it would work…

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audramsilva
June 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

aerynlynne I went on a hunt, and found this http://www.instaembed.com/. It was super simple to get it on my blog after that. So fun! Thank you for this mini challenge. Also, thank you for your nice comments about my first video. 🙂

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audramsilva
June 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

aerynlynne Thank you! I found an easy way to imbed it on my blog. Happy me. 🙂

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gillianpearce
June 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

Just went to try my first vine video thinking that I could use photos I already had. Have I totally misunderstood this? i.e. Does it have to be fresh video?

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

gillianpearce yep, its all video, photos aren’t used at all.  You can press up and down on the video image when you’re filming for quick scene changes, but its all “fresh”.  HTHs!

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callista83
June 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thank you for this. I had heard of it around but didn’t have time to google it and read a bunch of articles to figure out what it is. You explained it well. I downloaded the app and will play around with it and instagram’s videos. Might not get to it today though as I need to get post writing done.

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Kelly Stilwell
June 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

This has been on my to-do list forever! My first one failed, and my second has said “Waiting” or about 5 minutes. We are having a thunderstorm, so maybe that’s the problem? I have plans for this tomorrow! Going to vine a project I am doing!! Yay!

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Kelly Stilwell sorry you’re having issues with vine! :/  If you can, check your phone’s gallery for videos, there should be a copy of all your vines in there. When in doubt, you could upload these to YouTube if you wished. 🙂

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CynGagen
June 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Ohhhh thank you for this!  I could never figure out how to get those Vine videos onto my blog.  http://creativecynchronicity.com/2013/06/a-basement-makeover-the-beginning/   Now – are you knowledgeable about Instagram? LOL

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aerynlynne
June 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

CynGagen That is such a cool video Cyn! 😀  So what did you want to know about instagram? lol!

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hmrcarlson
June 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thank you for explaining Vine in layman terms! I understand it better now!

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