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Stop motion through Vine

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05

   Brought to you by Twitter, Vine introduced a new video social network that uses stop motion.

Once you have created an account, you will see that the interface is quite similar to Instagram, except there are no pictures, just six-second videos.

The recording tool is set up to allow the user to record in pieces. You simply have to press the screen and leave it pressed until you are done recording. You can record different objects for different amounts of time, but take into consideration that you only have six seconds.

The recording concept is very similar to the stop motion concept, in which you record an item in different intervals so the final product shows the object in slow, precise motion.

You might wonder if six seconds is enough, but that is actually the perfect amount of time. Try speaking to a teenager nowadays, six seconds is all you got. It is the attention span that young generations have.

The app has been out for two weeks, and unfortunately, it is exclusive to those with iPhones. But somehow every new user—me included—manages to have a handful of followers.

The large amount of foreign followers is still inexplicable, but it does feel nice to have the followers my Twitter account lacks. Yet, I don’t see how there are so many “popular” people in other countries. Whenever I see their bio, most of them state “popular person” or “most popular on Instagram.”

Vine is only a contributor to the war between Facebook and Twitter. Upon the release of the app, you were able to search for friends using your Facebook account. A day or two later, Facebook blocked the feature just like Twitter did when Facebook bought Instagram.

I know it’s a lot to take in, but the message here is that Twitter and Facebook are competitors and do not like each other.

Of course it had to be Twitter to bring this ongoing idea of creating a video Instagram. There have been other apps that have attempted to do the same, but didn’t become that popular.

The app is barely hatching, but with a bit more recognition and few improvements, it can be just as successful as its creator, Twitter.

Whether you are creative or not, it’s fun looking at other videos and attempting to do your own. I’m sure this app will make many believe that they can now become Hollywood directors, just like Instagram made many believe they were professional photographers.

Alejandro Alba may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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