The Good Vine makes it easy to create short videos you can share with friends and on social networks. The simple interface doesn't get in your way.
The Bad Vine can't import existing videos for sharing on the network. Video filters and an image stabilizer would be nice.
The Bottom Line Vine's dead-simple interface, commitment to video, and nifty recording tools make it a formidable opponent to the photo-video hybrid Instagram.
Now with tools to improve your shooting
Editors' note: This review was updated October 29, 2013, to cover the features added in the latest version.
Vine for iOS is a new social-networking app that revolves around making short 6-second video loops with sound and then sharing them with others. But once added 15-second video clips with filters in a recent update, Vine needed to differentiate itself to get people to stay onboard. This latest update will definitely help.
To get started with Vine, you can sign up with an e-mail and password directly with Vine or you can use your Twitter account for quick access. Once signed in, you'll see the Home feed that shows the latest videos from other users. A button in the upper-left corner lets you navigate among the home screen, a place to explore videos from other users, a personal activity section to view videos you've made, and a link to your profile. I recommend going to the profile screen right away to fill out your information and also to use the button in the upper right to search for other Vine users you know from your address book, Twitter, Facebook, or a direct search. With a few friends selected, the home screen will now show videos from your friends and other contacts.