Vine. The New Way To Share Photos and Video. Guest Post By: Nate Weber


A Vine Post By Nate Weber.

A Vine Post By Hunter Harrison.
I asked Nate Weber to write a short post about the new photo and video sharing site Vine.It looks like a super cool way to share. Click here to check it out.

Why I think we should encourage people to use Vine as filmmakers:

YouTube is where most videos go. We have Vimeo also, but YouTube practically owns most of the audience and content. We should strive to separate our professional work from cell phone cat videos any chance we get. Clicking a YouTube link gives you no idea what you will be watching. We don’t all listen to music on iTunes, we don’t look at all our pictures on Instagram, so why should we watch all our videos on YouTube? Encourage that division and competition in the market.

Not only is it a new option for video, it’s a completely new format. Time limits and looping video is a new concept and honestly, it’s intriguing to me. It’s like a super-gif. I see this being used well and used poorly (it’s the internet, that’s will always happen), but “new” is still a new chance to be inspired and think creatively.

Why I watch Vine videos:

I can spare 6 seconds. Same reason I almost always click links for photos– it’s fast and easy. YouTube and other video links need to entice me, and even then, I don’t always have the time. I end up saving them for later which has resulted in a pretty lengthy laundry list of those videos now.

It offers more than a picture, but has no unnecessary fluff.

Why I make Vine videos:

I might have something interesting I want to share. I share a lot, but since my career is in video, I’m hesitant to put my cell phone clips on YouTube next to my professional work content. It should be clear to my followers when I’m trying to be social and when I’m trying to promote work.

I can show snippets of my work without much effort. I shot a few BTS Vine clips for the BMCC shoot. Nothing exciting, but I got to show the full scene rather than a snapshot, was my first time using the app actually, so I promise I’ll get better from here. :)

The future of web video:

Instagram made the 1×1 photo hip again, changing the way I composed photos by give me a new creative limitation. I think Vine can have a similar effect, or potentially inspire another service catered to a more professional crowd. Thirty second shorts are easy to produce and a good way to promote your skills. I’d get behind a service designed with that in mind. Web video is still young– it’s been around for years– but it’s just been the awkward stepchild until recently. Are we starting to see the beginning of truly original web formats?

Nate Weber is an editor based in Los Angeles. He started his career in broadcast and production, working his way through various roles until he found himself at home in post-production.
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Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • dave

    interesting, thanks!

  • Daniel Lowe

    Nice post!  I saw the potential of Vine immediately.. it’s social media for the animating GIF, essentially.  Here’s a clever Vine that leverages time-lapse techniques… sad to say, this is not my work….