New version of Vine helps you make better videos

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After Instagram released its video functionality – with clips that can be up to 15 seconds long – Vine has lost some of its appeal. Not deterred by the threat of longer videos and artsy filters, Twitter has upgraded the apps for its video service.

Two welcome additions include ghosting and autofocus point select. The latter, when activated, lets users select an autofocus point before recording. This eliminates the little lens shuffle during recordings as Vine tries to autofocus. Ghosting will be of great use to stop-motion artists: it draws a ghost of your last recorded frame, letting you line up shots and make sure jump cuts don’t detract from the aesthetic of your art.

Other additions include a rule-of-thirds grid, because framing matters, as well as a the ability to reblog revine videos in your stream, for your followers to enjoy. It’s also possible to create a private account for your videos, should you want them to remain accessible only to a select few.

The new apps are available on the iOS and Android marketplaces as of today.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.