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Vinyet for iOS review: Vinyet makes it easy to get creative

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The Good Vinyet lets you edit and add filters to videos you upload to either Instagram or Vine. The stop-motion tools are intuitive and useful. You can edit further by opening videos in other apps.

The Bad There's no guarantee this app will continue to work in light of both Vine and Instagram's upload rules.

The Bottom Line Vinyet's tools for creating, editing, and publishing videos to Instagram or Vine are better than what you get with the services themselves.

8.8 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 9
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

Vinyet takes your Vine and Instagram videos to the next level, letting you edit, add filters, and make stop motion animations. I've spent the last week testing the app and found that it's great for recording, editing, and publishing videos across social networks, but it also has a few tricks up its sleeve.

There's no question that video sharing services have been a hot item for the past year. First there was Vine, and then Instagram upped the ante by adding video capabilities. While the official apps offer a working solution for recording video, the features are fairly basic for those wanting to get creative. That's where third-party apps come in, and Vinyet is one of the best I've seen so far.

Navigating the interface

When you launch the app, you're immediately presented with a viewfinder for your iPhone's camera along with some app tools and available filters on the bottom. To begin recording video, you simply touch anywhere within the viewfinder and the app will keep recording until you take your finger off the screen, just like it does on Vine.

Just below the viewfinder is where you'll find eight different tools and 22 different filters. The filters are applied in real-time, as opposed to forcing you to preview the video and apply filters at the same time. This means you can select a filter before you begin recording, and then only worry about framing and shooting your video to give it the best look.

Instead of hiding some of the tools behind a slide-out menu or on another screen, Vinyet elected to make all of the tools available from the main screen. At first, I didn't realize there were more than five tools available (only five show up on the screen). It wasn't until later when I accidentally scrolled the toolbar that I discovered there were actually eight. The eight tools include the ability to import videos from your Camera Roll, disable your iPhone's microphone, apply a grid to the viewfinder, turn on the flash, stop-motion mode, ghost mode, focus lock, and a toggle between front and rear cameras.

Recording tools

As I already mentioned, recording a video is as simple as touching your iPhone's screen and letting go when you want to pause or end the video. Once you start recording, a bar will appear along the top of the screen indicating how long your recording is.

What's really helpful here, is that for the first 6-seconds of your recording, Vinyet uses the same shade of green most would associate with Vine. Once you go past Vine's allotted time, the bar's color changes to the familiar Instagram blue until you reach the 15-second mark, after which the bar turns purple. This simple visual change actually goes a long way for those who are attempting to stay under a specific service's time limit.

Deleting the last section of recorded video can be done by double-tapping the scissors icon next to the timeline bar.

To preview your video, tap on the checkmark at the top of the screen. The video will begin playing on the next screen where you can add music to it, change the filter, or share it.

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