With only six seconds allowed per Vine video, users aren’t given much time to really see your production skills shine. Yet Vine has blown up since its debut in 2013 and many of the Vines that go viral have several different production components to them. They aren’t just six straight seconds of old-school home video anymore.
Thankfully, the Vine app includes a number of tools that can help you spruce up your videos and make them a bit more professional. If you want to get in on becoming a successful Vine user, you’ll need these tools to create great clips with good quality. Check out three pro tips in Vine that can help you to start posting superior content.
1. Use the Built-In Level
No one wants to watch an unstable or crooked video, so avoid posting one to Vine. The easiest way to do this is by using Vine’s built-in level, which can ensure that your video is as steady as possible and completely horizontal.
To use the level, tap the button in Vine to create a new video. Observe the tools at the bottom and tap the Wrench for additional options. If you tap the Grid icon, a grid will overlay the camera view for a little bit of help with alignment, but tapping the Grid icon once more will transform the feature into a level.
With the feature on screen, you know your video is completely straight when the left and right lines turn green and line up with the level in the middle. While recording, try to keep the shot completely level at all times to minimize shakiness and jarring footage. This is very difficult in practice, so achieving perfection isn’t necessary.
2. Add Music and ‘Snap to Beat’
Music spices up any video clip and luckily, Vine now has its own music library that you’re free to use for your Vines. If you tap the Music icon when creating a new Vine, you can open up your own music library to use or browse Vine’s collection. When you find a song you like, just tap it and crop to fit the video clip.
Better yet, Vine has a feature called Snap to Beat, extremely useful for creating perfect loops. Just tap the switch next to Snap to Beat when adding audio to enable this. It analyzes the audio and crops the video and audio perfectly at the end of a beat so the clip automatically loops at a perfect time instead of cutting off the sound at an awkward part of the song. Many users loop Vines over and over, so this is key for smooth playback.
3. Edit Your Videos Outside of the App
Vine lets you import videos from your photo library to use, so you don’t have to film every Vine directly within the app. Since many other apps offer considerably more powerful video-editing tools, you might want to consider editing together your clip outside of Vine, then importing six seconds worth in to post.
When you have a professional clip complete with text overlays, filters, special effects, stabilization or plenty of other improvements, just tap the New Vine icon in Vine and select the Import icon at the bottom.
Your viewers will come to appreciate your newfound video production skills — even if they’re only on showcase for six seconds.