Nearly a year after Vine’s departure, Vine Camera lives.
We lost Vine in January, and boy did the world miss those 6-second videos in 2017.
Lady Gaga falling from the sky during the Super Bowl halftime show; Melania Trump swatting away her husband’s hand; the president throwing paper towels into crowds of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria survivors—2017 was full of vine-able moments, and yet, the application that once mashed video and audio of sports games, inappropriate speeches, and everyday life was available as but a shell of its former self.
With the end of Vine came Vine Camera, a phone application that allowed users to create and share longer versions of these videos. But the app’s limited functions left former viners and fans scratching their heads, and flocking to YouTube and Musical.ly instead.
The app’s low favorability (a measly 1.5 stars on the Apple App Store) didn’t detract all users: The Vine Camera videos posted by earnest folks were no match for the old days, but believers in Vine Camera ended up creating something perhaps more genuine, or even ethereal.
These Vine Camera videos are reminiscent of the early days of Vine, when jerky, jump-cut videos showcasing everyday life, creativity, and even unfunny people trying their best to impress the internet hit the popular pages. Scrolling through these videos made with Vine Camera feels like when you could open the app in 2013 and watch content spun from the mind of nobodies—people who weren’t monetized personalities. Before Jessi Vazquez, Logan Paul, and Liza Koshy were famous on Vine, they were just people who made other people laugh.
If this platform is any indication of what we might be able to expect for V2, the upcoming Vine reboot announced by co-creator Dom Hofmann earlier this month, then we might have something to look forward to in 2018, after all.
The best Vine Camera videos of 2017:
Of course, we had a huge early resurgence of people “trying out” the app for the first time, as if it was any more complicated than using the original Vine itself.
How do I use vine camera? pic.twitter.com/sE1mOR75ap
— Danielle Dolan Styles (@Daniell34271381) December 9, 2017
Sooo I downloaded vine camera and…… pic.twitter.com/1VqF6rjoBZ
— Eef ❤️ (@bbeilish) November 30, 2017
Me figuring out how my new vine camera works pic.twitter.com/D1v5LnIskw
— Arnold Beanhammer (@AaronJenkinsAK) April 16, 2017
What really brought Vine Camera back to its roots were the random posts people made—short moments of life, strange interactions, and truly disturbing facial expressions. Yes, the golden days of Vine, anew.
— Frank Danna (@erskine) January 19, 2017
I checked my vine camera for the first time in forever and found this in my drafts and I'm confused by any of this context pic.twitter.com/723XTtHkQo
— Jonathan (@jongoddamn) April 26, 2017
I made this with Vine Camera pic.twitter.com/F4PCMdC02i
— Jimmy Mullen (@ReallyWeirdDude) June 2, 2017
I don't deserve vine camera pic.twitter.com/7gGgOidsQC
— what the freck❓ (@freckledoe) September 2, 2017
Going to have to use vine camera more. pic.twitter.com/xtQ9jSVLdO
— Jolliest A$$#@£€ This Side of the Nuthouse (@KMMcCammack) November 14, 2017
For all you fake vine fans out there, I never deleted the app even when it changed to vine camera so pic.twitter.com/Fnu8jXgaDC
— Brad and Boujee (@b_rad55) December 19, 2017
Hi mrs Rays is by vine camera pic.twitter.com/cqlci8Adtr
— home rays joe vine (@joe_rays) September 28, 2017
Vine Camera初めて使った… pic.twitter.com/X1OSRdR9we
— Asfia (@ps_Asfia) March 17, 2017
Just having some fun with the vine camera ha pic.twitter.com/89I8nRpvtp
— Jayce_Weil (@JayceWeil) December 5, 2017
— lane line (@_Laneykrebs) April 21, 2017
— 🇫 🇺 🇵 🇴 🇴 (@FuPoo) December 2, 2017
— Noah Blockchain Zucker (@noahlz) February 10, 2017
And no Vine iteration would be Vine without people attempting to launch their comedy careers off the platform—as detrimental as that might have been for the app in the first place.
vine camera pic.twitter.com/djx20Lz0DN
— chris melberger (@chrismelberger) January 31, 2017
i should not be given access to vine camera pic.twitter.com/up3OgOOvHg
— quinn armstrong (@prismotron) August 10, 2017
So I got vine camera practicing for vine2 and… pic.twitter.com/9GO6HHqtMh
— Emma is a trashmouth /60 days (@maybeemmaa) December 18, 2017
this is what happens when you dont have vine so you succumb to the Vine Camera pic.twitter.com/3gmHeprlA9
— //V I C T O Rビクター// (@okayvictor) June 29, 2017
Vine camera is shook pic.twitter.com/fFvLqNHThl
— bryson morefield (@gamer134456) November 12, 2017
The vine camera app is actually dope. then just upload to insta. not that hard. still funny. just made this pic.twitter.com/lNQd4uPcdR
— Nick Colletti (@nick_colletti) April 28, 2017
made with vine camera😤😩(&alsothevestthingever) pic.twitter.com/AZatvvQakk
— briteorange! (@ugh_azra) March 14, 2017
With Twitter enabling 6-second Camera Vine videos to automatically loop, camera tricks, guitar riffs, and other pieces of art have continued to find their place on the app.
I still mess with the Vine camera👌🏽 pic.twitter.com/Te7UeSpSz7
— Anthony. (@Awoodward15) April 7, 2017
— Dylen marin (@dylen_marin) August 19, 2017
— i die easily™ (@letsfvckcalum) June 19, 2017
I waste so many 6 seconds of my life trying to loop with vine camera. I give up!!!! 😩 pic.twitter.com/Sw2SvxjlOO
— Shells (@Dollpowerx) March 28, 2017
— Satanic Santa (@ktalbotmurph) November 21, 2017
Oh Vine. I have missed you so! But Vine camera can come in handy sometimes. pic.twitter.com/zKaZmdSdEa
— Mike Meehan (@iammrmeehan) October 25, 2017
— フェレットくん@ferret (@ferretplus) January 23, 2017
Undoubtedly, much of Vine Camera’s videos were used to, well, complain about Vine’s absence and the seeming pointlessness of Vine Camera itself.
No one asked for a "vine camera" pic.twitter.com/RwJ9PKtdDO
— emma jean (@EmmaJFurniss) January 18, 2017
— Pale Chub (@nonehitwonder) November 29, 2017
New phone (who dis) so I downloaded vine camera for a laugh.
(The first clip is my genuine reaction to seeing that green bar in the first time for almost a year) pic.twitter.com/vXPz6knZ9L
— Charlie Wilson (@chwilson) November 11, 2017
I updated to vine camera. Vine is gone. I should have gone thru vine one more time. Damn. I'm hurt. pic.twitter.com/MzAv83SQ6F
— its whatever dog (@XwasteXawayX) January 23, 2017
Thank you for the sad, awkward, middle school phase of Vine, Vine Camera. We will cherish these memories forever—or just long enough for V2 to get off the ground.