Monthly Archives: January 2013

Playing with the Vine video app

I can't even begin to count the number of apps that wanted to be "the Twitter of video." There was 12seconds, and current services like Tout, SocialCam, Klip and Viddy are aiming for the same "quick video clips" space. And I'm even allowing animated GIF services like Cinemagram, Flixel, Kinotopic, and Glmps to hide in a separate category (along with Lightt, which is definitely doing something different). I've played with them all, liked most, but few have really stuck.

Now there's Vine, which lets you build and share videos of up to six seconds. What gives it its best chance of success? It launched at the same time it was bought by Twitter, the service that it probably looked up to the most. While Instagram withdraws, Vine is happy to support Twitter's in-line media to reach a wider audience.

It also has a simple but distinctive UI: tapping and holding the screen starts recording, and lifting your finger stops it. Pressing and releasing and pressing and releasing slowly fills up your six seconds. You can take one long clip, document a few steps in a recipe, or even use rapid fire taps to create some interesting effects.

Of course, what I crave are more refined (and complex) features. By using the tap to control the recording, there's no way to manually adjust focus or white balance. I can't undo or re-do a segment. Once I've started, I can't go back unless I start over. And it doesn't hold your place in a partial video when you switch to other apps, so I won't be able to build a six-second recap of an event or even a full day. Once I start a Vine video, I have to finish it before doing anything else.

Still, these features would probably make Vine more complex, and it's clear they're going for the most seamless, friction-free video sharing path. And I've already seen a few Vine videos that make the very most of an otherwise barebones setup.


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Let's grow beards!

I think the simplicity is what may make Vine stick. Apps like Socialcam and Klip are great, but almost overdesigned, with all sorts of features and settings. A "Twitter for video" needs to make sharing a video as easy to do on a whim as posting a tweet. And Vine may have gotten the closest yet.

Get Vine in the iTunes app store:

#ios #apps #vineapp

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UH researcher Dr

Angel Yanagihara found her way into jellyfish research the hard way. Now she's working on a way to minimize the pain and health risks of jellyfish stings. She and Kelly Lam Niide from the Waikiki Aquarium join us on the next +Bytemarks Cafe to learn more about these ocean creatures. But we'd love your questions today, as we're pre-recording the episode (as I'll be traveling). What do you want to know about jellyfish?

#hawaii   #radio   #jellyfish  

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Playing with 'One Second Everyday'

+Cesar Kuriyama spliced together a second of video taken every day, and edited it together for a "supercut" of years of his life. After telling his story via a TED talk, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to build an app to allow anyone to do the same. +1 Second Everyday came out today, and as a backer, I was eager to try it out.

Only ten days into 2013, it's only a 10 second video. But I look forward to seeing if I can keep it up for a year, and watching 2013 recapped in 6:05.

#1second   #onesecond   #video   #app   #ios  

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Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies

While my wife and I enjoyed 'Django Unchained,' and while we like nearly all of Quentin Tarantino's films, 'Pulp Fiction' is probably our favorite. We probably could make a serious artistic or technical case for the movie if we wanted to, but honestly, we simply find endless amusement in its dialogue. We watched it again this week, and grinned at every line… but we do have our favorites!

We throw 'Pulp Fiction' lines out in everyday conversation… at least when the kids aren't around.

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Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

The year 2012 has been a pivotal one for me and my family, but also a year that I'm not too sorry to see go. With a deeply shifted sense of perspective, with the things that matter made crystal clear, I have high hopes for 2013. I have goals that I have a good chance of achieving. I have a lot of imagination and curiosity to carry over into the new year. Most of all I still have people in my life that I love and who love me, and that's something I wish for you, too, every day.

Happy New Year!

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