Giphy to the Rescue! Convert Doomed Vines into Gifs for Posterity
Twitter, owner of the app, rang the death knoll on 27 October: "In the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app." This news came as a shock to co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll who were blindsided by the news. Yusupov's knee-jerk reaction was seen on Twitter:
Don’t sell your company!— Rus (@rus) October 27, 2016
Still in operation, the video-sharing app Vine is unlike any social platform of its kind. Video-creators are confined to a mere six seconds of content to impress with. Much in the way Twitter forced their users to refine thoughts into 140 characters, Vine forces creative minds to go full throttle in six seconds. What sets Vine apart is the ability to edit together short clips into a six second looping video. This means that six unrelated one-second clips can be combined to create a full experience that loops continually. Anne Horel, a self-described GIF and video artist, creates unusual, visually-provoking material, as seen below.
Many an internet star have found their foothold in fame by producing hilarious, introspective, playful Vines. Watch Marissa Mayne, a Vine personality with 1.3 million followers, as she accurately portrays a Who from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Now that you've been initiated into the fold, aren't you concerned at the inevitable loss of this footage? What will happen to all the comedy gold?
Never fear, Giphy is coming in to save the day!
(To be clear though, Twitter has announced that the Vine.co website will stay active as a digital archive.)
The animated image app and database has made it their mission to preserve the essence of Vine. To do that, Giphy has configured a tool that will allow Vine creators to save their material in its original form. After registering for a Giphy account, simply paste a profile URL into the bar and Giphy will begin to convert the entire video library into GIFs. The tool will pair each GIF with an original link to the Vine, and save all elements of the video (including sound) as a source file. Find the tool here.
Giphy has truly come through for the internet on this one, ensuring site traffic and support from homeless Viners. To conclude their instructions, Giphy says, "That's the great thing about the loop: it never ends. Long live the loop." A touching last word on the fate of Vine.
Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver). Follow her @Songbird_Jacqui
Giphy to the Rescue! Convert Doomed Vines into Gifs for Posterity Reviewed by Jacqueline Litvan on Friday, November 04, 2016 Rating: