December 30, 2013

How many people post Vines?

Does anyone know? I’ve struggled to find any real info on the subject.

There’s no doubt that Vine coined an idiom (essentially animated GIFs + sound) that’s proven flexible & often compelling in the right hands. I’m less sure, though, that regular people create vines with any frequency. Of the 674 people I follow on Twitter, not one has shared a vine.co link in the time frame that Twitter searches.

For my needs Instagram video has been perfect for most cases, taking a huge bite out of my YouTube usage (though that’s changed a bit over the holidays; most Christmas carols won’t fit into 15 seconds!). I suspect that most people find it easier to make compelling content without looping & with more breathing room, and that for most video creation/sharing is a feature rather than a product unto itself.

[Update: If you routinely post vines, please speak up.]

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Demo: Hidden cropping tricks in Photoshop

Yeah yeah, you know everything there is to know about this seemingly humble (yet incredibly heavily used) part of Photoshop, right? Maybe that’s so, but see if you don’t pick up a trick or two in this quick demo from Bryan O’Neil Hughes:

[YouTube] [Via Rob Cantor]

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After Effects: 20 years of innovation

The chance to work with the After Effects team is among the things that drew me to work at Adobe. Here’s a look at the folks whose work has helped define motion graphics and who keep breaking new ground:

[Update: Rich Young points out a bunch of additional good info here.]

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An illustrated tribute to the Etch A Sketch creator

Charming work from Christoph Niemann:

[Via] [YouTube]

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