Since it’s launch in January, Vine has risen to the top of the iTunes charts and six second videos have become a part of our social media world. I’ve seen some pretty creative Vine’s using the cameras built into the iPhone, but I always wondered why there wasn’t a feature that allowed a user to upload custom videos to Vine.
When I first heard about Vine, I thought it would be a great platform to share six second teasers or trailers of some of my longer form video content that was already produced, so I was a little disappointed when I downloaded Vine for the first time only to discover that it wasn’t intended to be used that way.
Honestly, I haven’t done much with Vine other than set up my profile since I originally downloaded it….Until now!
After doing a little bit of research, I finally discovered how to work around the system to upload and share a custom premade video to Vine.
So without further ado, here’s how to get a six second video off your computer and in to Vine!
[UPDATE 12/11/2013] Feel free to ignore everything below this update as the perfect solution to upload a custom video to Vine has arrived.
There’s a new Chrome Extension out called VineClient that brings the full Vine experience to your web-browser.
And yes, it let’s you upload your custom videos to Vine via Chrome, so it doesn’t matter if you are an Android or iOS user since it all happens on within your browser.
As of this writing, VineClient is now the best way to upload your custom videos to Vine. For a full review of it’s features and benefits, click here. Thanks!
[UPDATE 11/6/2013] Ok, there’s some good news and bad news when it comes to getting your custom video uploaded to Vine.
The Bad News: As near as I can tell Vine 1.4 pretty much squashes this work around as it’s presented below. I’ve had a few people let me know that the workaround still works for them on Vine 1.2 – so if you haven’t updated your Vine App yet you should still be good.
The Good News: There’s a new iOS App out called Vinyet that will allow you to upload custom videos from your iPhone’s camera roll directly to Vine and Instagram without the need of a workaround.
The app is only $1.99 and I just downloaded it to tested it myself. It works like a champ (and no, it’s not a trap). Kudos to the Vinyet team for coming up with a simple and elegant way to get your custom videos on Vine and Instagram.
What about Android? Once again, when it comes to Android, I have to claim ignorance. Perhaps Vinyet will roll out their app for Android sometime soon.
That being said, if you discover a workaround for Android that allows custom video uploads to Vine let me know. I’d be more than happy to share it here and give you full credit.
(note: this tutorial was made using an iPhone 4. However, these instructions will work on any iOS or Android device. Just make sure you download the appropriate file manager listed below.)
Before You Start
Install this software on your computer if you don’t already have it.
- iPhone Users: Get iExplorer for navigating the files on your iOS device
- Android Users: Use Android File Manager for navigating the files on your Android device
- Handbrake for manipulating the settings on your video
Once your software is installed, you’re ready to move on
1. Create Your Vine Video
Select your source video and launch your favorite video editing software (I’m a Sony Vegas Pro kinda guy) to create a video that is six seconds or less. You need to render it with the following settings:
- Video Size: 480×480 pixels
- Video Codec: H.264 (.mp4)
- Final file size less than 1.5MB
2. Prepare your video for Vine with Handbrake
Here are screenshots of how your Handbrake Settings should look:
Once you’re set, hit the Start Button and Handbrake will process your video clip.
3. Launch Vine on your iOS or Android Device
Here’s where the trickery begins. Launch your Vine app and begin making a video. Make sure you stop the recording before you use all six seconds of time. Exit the Vine App and go to your home screen before continuing on to step 4.
4a. Use iExplorer
Set your iPhone aside and load up iExplorer on your computer
- Select Files Tab → Apps → VIne
- Navigate to the tmp folder
- Drag and Drop the video you created into the tmp folder
- Now look for the temporary .mp4 file that was created when you began recording your video in the Vine app (looks like temp_record_123456789.012345.mp4)
- Copy the filename of the temp file, and then rename it to something else
- Now rename your custom video by pasting the filename you just copied
4b. Use Android File Manager
- Open your DCIM folder
- Navigate to the Vine directory
- Follow the rest of the instructions in 4a
(Thanks to Will for originally providing the Andrioid info in the comments section. Follow him on twitter!)
5. Back To Vine
Pick up your phone and open back up your Vine app. Hit the green check mark and now instead of seeing the little video you began to record on your phone, you should see your custom, premade video in Vine waiting to be shared with the world!
6. Finish It Up
If you are creating a teaser Vine to promote a longer video on YouTube, Vimeo or your Web-Site be sure to include a short link to your content in the body of your post.
Please note that much like Instagram, Vine doesn’t support url links within the body of your post. However, when you share your Vine simultaneously to Twitter or Facebook, your link will be clickable.
What Are You Waiting For?
Before you fire up that video editor to start your new custom Vine project, do me a couple of favors. Bookmark this page in your browser so you have easy access to these instructions and share this post with your followers on twitter. Just click this logo→
Also, once you’ve uploaded your custom Vine, share the weblink to it in the comments section below so we all can enjoy your work!
While you’re there, don’t forget to add me on Vine as well, just search for Jason Stum.