This program can no longer be downloadedIf you have been a Vine user, Cinemagram is another good alternative. Unlike Vine on iOS, the app allows you to take four second videos, instead of six, that can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Cinemagram has editing options like effects, looping, and variable speeds giving users more control over the final animated gif that you can share online.
While it has a shorter recording time, Cinemagrams extra features make it a great app to use.
Record an original gif
Using Cinemagram is straight forward. When you open the app, you are shown the feed of your friends who are using the app. If you want to record, the option always exists bottom center of the screen titled "Capture."
Recording is as simple as holding the screen or the tab at the bottom. Cinemagram only records as long as you hold the screen so you can add as many scenes as you can during those four seconds.
After recording you can choose different editing options.
Cinemagram also allows for different filters to be applied to the gif overall, but they do not add much in terms of customization and sometimes distorts the clip if recorded at a low resolution. You can also adjust the speed of the clip.
The last option is to mask areas. By swiping the screen you are able to designate specific areas to animate. So if you only want a specific object to animate, you add the mask and only that area will play.
Simple and complicated
Overall, Cinemagram is a simple and easy to use app. The interface is easy to understand. Recording video and adding effects to the gif takes little effort.
The problem with the app is that video quality is dependent on the device you are using to record. Low resolutions distort the recorded video and high resolution video has a tendency to display shaking hands if you are not careful.
It is built for casual users who want to record interesting things to share, but advanced users will find more ways to create creative "Cines" and share them.
Cinemagram is not confusing, but users may become frustrated with the results of their work and have to restart.
Made for social sharers
Also be aware that Cinemagram is a large download. It makes sense because of all the effects and memory it needs to make edits, but it is much larger than expected. The temporary memory required can balloon the storage needed very quickly.
A good alternative to Vine
Cinemagram is the best option for a similar experience when taking quick video to share. It may only allow four seconds of recording, but it does have a good selection of interesting editing options.
With sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, you can still share your gifs to friends on various social networks. It is obvious that Cinemagram has a lot of potential and presents a challenge to Vine to keep inovating.