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Video-based social network
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 06 Jul 2017, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Vine is another quite young and yet incredibly popular social network for owners of mobile devices which is oriented at videos that people all around the world share with all its participants. The application was introduced to the general public in January 2013 but only for iOS. Shortly after that, the program appeared on Android-devices and now it has reached Windows Phone.
Application featuresThe essence of the application is that you can place on its server an unlimited number of short videos (lasting about six seconds) and thus show the world some funny, scary, or just interesting moment of your life. In fact, Vine is a subsidiary of Twitter (the programs are very similar in limitations of information volume), but it is not integrated into this microblogging service, and videos posted in these two social networks, have no relation to each other.
On the other hand, you have an opportunity to add to your Vine account friends from Twitter and thus rapidly expand the audience of your followers. If you do not have an account in the microblogging service Twitter, don't worry. It will take less than a minute to create a new account tied to your e-mail address, after which you will become a full participant of the network and be able to demonstrate your short masterpieces worldwide. However, the program, in our opinion, is more attracting by the fact that you can watch there what others publish.
Navigation through sectionsFor ease of navigation, the program provides you with a very informative and user-friendly menu enabling you to watch videos of a certain genre. On the home screen of the application, you can watch all the recent videos published online. You also can update its content by making one gesture downward. The profile and comments are unlikely to cause you problems, and the list of channels seems rather a useful feature of the application.
Here you can watch the most popular videos, as well as those that have been added by the authors to a particular category. In the program, there are channels of videos about cats, dogs, horror stories, funny moments, interesting experiments, as well as channels dedicated to fashion, politics, family, food, nature, sports, and other interesting things.
Posting videosPosting a video in the network is very simple. Click on a green icon of a camera at the bottom of the screen and get into the shooting mode. There you will be able to focus the camera lens on any item and set a grid that will help you keep your smartphone smoothly. You can also switch from the main camera to the front-facing one, if you want to shoot your loved self. Having performed all the preparatory settings, you can simply touch the screen and hold your finger on it for 6 seconds (while shooting).
After you create a video clip, it is subjected to a small conversion and after a few seconds you will see what you have shot. When finished viewing, you can press the green button with a check and publish the video in the network, or click on the cross at the top of the screen and delete your creation. The application works only with newly created videos (that is, you cannot convert and post those videos that are in the smartphone memory).
An interesting featureAn interesting feature of the program is that you can not only perform a continuous shooting, but also create a stop-motion animation. To do this, do not hold your finger on the screen during the creation of a video, but make short taps on the screen. At this time, a picture or series of pictures will being taken that will later be converted into one movie.
ResumeDownloading of videos from the network (for watching) occurs gradually, so that you do not spend in vain traffic and not load the Internet channel. After watching one video clip, you go up the list and only after the following window of the player appears on the screen entirely, the contents of video will start to be downloaded. In general, the program turns out to be really interesting and certainly will become very popular. We recommend it to anyone who feels uncomfortable without Instagram, Twitter and other social networks.