How to Make a “Feature Length” Vine “Movie

September 20, 2013

in Travel Tech

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Vine-App-icon_thumb.jpgBack in January, Twitter grabbed the attention of Hollywood movie maker wannabees with short attention spans when it released the “Vine” video filming app for Apple iOS mobile devices. (A version of the app is now available for mobile devices using Google’s Android operating system).

The Vine app lets users create stop-motion animation films as well a videos shot in “real time.” All “Vines” play in a continuous, never-ending loop.

The app is simple to use because it has no “bells and whistles” and doesn’t allow editing. But as I pointed out in my Vine app review, you’ve got to be a creative genius to make a truly enthralling video because you’ve only got 6 seconds showing time at the most.

Vine videos have become very popular. And San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor, Spud Hilton, likes them so much that he publishes “Travel Vines of the Week” from readers (who add the tag “#6secondpostcard” to their Vines so Spud can find them) in his “Bad Latitude” Blog on

If you carefully when you’re watching a TV show or movie, you’ll realize that each scene in that 30-90 minute production is actually made up of many, many short films clips, some no longer than one second, many lasting far less than a minute, with only a few as long as a minute or more. So combining a bunch of Vines into a “feature length” (e.g., 3-5 minute) video isn’t far fetched.

But it still takes considerable planning and “post-production” toil to produce an entertaining Vine-based film. Here’s one such “movie” produced by Airbnb from Vines shot by 100 people from around the globe.

Since The Vine app itself provides no method for combing multiple vines into a single “movie,” how could you make a film like the one you just watched?

Here’s the trick: Shoot and save several Vines to your iPhone’s Camera Roll by not sharing them when they are completed. Then use a video editing app such as Apple’s iMovie for iPhone/iPad to make a film of any length, adding titles and music. You can then share your “feature length” made-from-Vines film.

If you want more sophisticated video editing functions than are available with smartphone of tablet video editing apps, move your Vine videos from your iPhone to a PC or Mac using the Photo Transfer app, then use a move high-powered computer-based video editing program such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro X or its lower-priced cousin, iMovie or the counterparts from Adobe, Premiere and Premiere Elements (which is often sold bundled with Adobe’s “lighter” version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements). When you’re done, you can post your compleed “feature length” Vine flick on YouTube or share it via social media sites.

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