How to upload a custom video to Vine, like the 6-second ‘The Wolverine’ trailer
UPDATE 06.10.2013: I can confirm the trick still works: http://blog.webjournalist.org/2013/06/10/intro-to-ninja-gaiden-via-vine/.
I tweeted this a few days back and thought I should add it here too.
Clearly, this wasn’t made through the Vine app… which got me thinking, how could I post my own edited content onto Vine too?
Less than six seconds later I found the answer on YouTube:
I created this URL linking to the video: http://bit.ly/vineupload
After stumbling a little — the video isn’t perfect — I was able to create my own 6-second trailer:
Before we get into the steps, let me tell you where I got my video:
- I downloaded the Dune trailer video from YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwPTIEWTYEI via SaveVid or something like it.
- I imported the video into iMovie. (I wanted to test this thing fast and quality didn’t matter to me.)
- After editing and creating a 6-second video, I exported as an MP4. Here is that file.
- Critical step: I ran the video though HandBrake and re-encoded/re-exported my video as an MP4. I have Version 0.9.6 x86_64 (2012022800). This was the key step to get these videos to work: http://bit.ly/ninjagaidenvine. For those who are curious, this is a screenshot of my Handbrake settings. They are the default settings, I believe, for ‘regular.’
Then I proceeded to follow the steps outlined in the video, but I am adding more details from my experiences.
Here are the steps, thanks to the video and my own experience doing it:
Step 2: Connect your iOS device to your computer via your USB connector. For some reason, the first time it took a few minutes for iExplorer to recognize my iPhone (4S) was connected to my computer. (It was a few days ago, so I don’t remember exactly what I did outside of changing the USB port and restarting the program a few times. I think I might have even restarted my machine too. I noticed that I had to have the phone unlocked as well. Hopefully it just detects for you.) UPDATE: It immediately detects my phone every time I launch now.
Step 3: Like the video shows, you want to navigate to your list of apps, going to Vine and then Vine’s ‘tmp’ directory. This is where all your Vine videos appear after recording, as an MP4. It also generates a thumbnail based on the video too.
Step 4: Drag-and-drop your already edited 6-second video into this tmp directory. Call the file some you’ll remember… obviously.
Step 5: Launch Vine and start recording the Vine video. DO NOT reach the time limit of the Vine. For me, I stop recording one the green check mark appears. What you record doesn’t matter because it will be overwritten by your edited file.
Step 6: Immediately refresh the tmp directory. I go up one level, refresh ‘tmp’ and go back into in and I immediately see the new temp Vine… (something called temp_record_1370842632.980168.mp4). Like the video shows, copy the new file’s name, then rename it to something different (like by adding an “x” at the end of it). Then, go to your manually edited file and rename it the new file name. Vine continues to process the temporary video and *poof* it makes the swap on the app, including generating a thumbnail. UPDATE: I don’t know if this matters, but when I published it, I only published it to Vine… not my social media platforms.
Step 7: Go back to the Vine app and click on the green checkbox. Your manually edited video should appear. Add your meta information and publish. (To test if it worked, click on the three-dots-icon in the lower right hand corner, select ‘share this post,’ then tweet it out or select ‘embed’ to email yourself the URL.)
So what’s cool about this?
Imagine content creators using this method to promo their content. An edited video Tweet that is a teaser to your produced Web video. Try it out!
Here’s an easy link to this post: http://bit.ly/uploadtovine
P.S. I uploaded the entire RickRoll video to Vine and it got published… but the app killed it. The video was 13.4MBs and 3:33 minutes, so quite large and much longer than 6 seconds. I uploaded a 30-second version, which was 2.7 MBs and that also didn’t work. I tried again with a 10-second clip, which was 914kb, and it worked: