The Vine video service will officially cease operation today, so that means users who haven’t saved their videos from the short video service only have a few hours to save them before they are gone forever.
The Vine app allows you to download your stored videos (Profile page → Save Videos), which you can do either directly to your phone or get a download link which also preserves the Like and Re-vine data. Alternatively, Giphy has a free service that automatically converts each of your Vine videos into animated GIFs …
You simply enter your profile URL and Giphy converts your entire Vine library into GIFs and emails you a link when it’s done.
If you don’t have a Giphy account, visit the service’s dedicated page on its website, and register. Then all you need to do is copy and paste the link to your profile, and the Giphy service does the rest!
Twitter will replace the service with a new app that allows users to shoot 6.5-second videos and then post them directly to Twitter, where they will play as loops, much as they always have.
Faced with nine straight quarters of slowing revenue growth, Twitter announced in October that it was making some moves to cut expenses by cutting 9% of its workforce and shutting down the short video streaming service.
Twitter’s decision to cut costs follows an unsuccessful attempt to find a buyer for the short messaging service and its related services. Apple, Disney, Google, and Salesforce had all been mentioned as possible suitors, but none of the possible buyers could agree on terms.
While Vine has proved popular with users, the all-powerful advertising bloc found the service’s six-second video format limiting. “To me, Vine was always a bit too quirky for mass user appeal,” Debra Aho Williamson, principal analyst at advertising industry research firm EMarketer told The LA Times. “With so many other places to put digital video advertising, Vine just didn’t take root for marketers.”