Vine is a smartphone app for iOS, Android and Windows that allows you to make and share short looping videos. The idea behind Vine, which launched in 2012, was to bring video into the world of social media streams. Sure, we may have all viewed and shared YouTube videos or the like, but when thinking about the almost real-time flow of information on social media, still images and short text posts have really been the dominant forms (think Twitter, Facebook status updates and photos on Instagram). Vine’s approach is to keep video short and simple, limiting video clips to 7 second loops that fit nicely into social media contexts.

To get started with Vine, you’ll need to download the app for your device and setup an account. Once you’ve done that, follow along with the video below.

Make Short Social Video Loops With Vine 22 December,2015Gabriel Peters-Lazaro


Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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