Vine Steps Up

Let me cut to the chase – with the latest update of Vine, it’s now possible to edit your videos right on your phone! That feature alone gives Vine an edge against competitor Instagram, which started offering in-app video recording back in June. With the official release of Instagram Video, many users started to stray away from the innovative Vine app that came out earlier this year. Why? Because of the filters of course! But that’s not it – Instagram Video was integrated with the existing Instagram so users didn’t need to download an entirely separate app. They also came out with a mini “editing” feature that allowed users to delete the latest clip to re-record, and a cinema feature that stabilizes the video.

Vine came out with new tools and created categories within the app back in July, a couple weeks after the Instagram video release. Since Instagram video was released, there has been little change to the app, however Vine is constantly trying to revamp and improve because well, they were the first to create a video-centered smartphone application. That being said, I feel like the new updates will continue and so far, it seems to be on a great path.


This, in my opinion, is a very clever feature to the app because it allows you to save up to 10 posts at once! Yes, that means you can start to record something, save it, and come back to it at a later time. This feature is great for those who wish to tell a story like “A typical day for me” or a simple “How To” tutorial and allows them to do so without having to keep the app open the entire time. Keep in mind, Vine videos are still only 6-seconds long so be sure to trim those videos down and pick only the best shots of the bunch.

Time Travel

Now, this particular feature has been highly demanded by users of both Vine and Instagram since both apps emerged – an editing feature. Time travel allows users to remove, reorganize or replace any shot within at post at any given time. In order to use this feature, all you have to do is tap the green bar that shows you’re recording, or push edit when you’re previewing a post and you’ll be able to move around or delete shots taken. It’s straightforward and easy to use.

Vine still doesn’t have filters like Instagram, but I think we can all agree that that particular feature is heavily associated with Instagram that including that into Vine would be pretty unoriginal. Also, Vine is trying to differentiate themselves by including their own innovative tools, features, and putting the emphasis on the users.

As stated in their official blog post:

“Vine was built for one purpose: to make it easy for people to capture life in motion and share it with the world. That is the reason we built the Vine camera, and it’s why we continue to improve upon and build new tools for your creations, nurturing the balance between power and simplicity that you’ve come to expect from us.”

Now that Vine is available on all major smartphone devices – iPhone, Android, and most recently Windows – there’s no telling how successful this app will become. They came a long way from when they first emerged onto the scene. When Instagram came out with their video feature, many Vine users jumped ship and deleted their Vine accounts. However, with this update, it’s curious to see how many will flock back.

Do you like the newest Vine features?