Vine plants for shade


Lesson 4: Creating Vine Videos


Creating Vine videos

Vine makes it easy to create and share your own short videos. You can record a vine using the built-in camera on your smartphone. To do this, tap the Record button, press and hold the screen to record, then release to stop recording. When the progress bar at the top of the screen is full, you’re done!

Advanced recording options

If you want your videos to look more polished, tap the Wrench button to see more advanced recording tools. From there, you’ll see a few cool options, such as a grid, level, and focus lock. There’s even ghost mode, which overlays an image of the previous clip on the video, making it easier to create stop-motion videos.

Importing videos into Vine

If you’ve recorded a video with your phone’s default camera app or a similar app, you can import the video into Vine. To do this, select the Import button in the lower-left corner and choose the desired video.

Editing your vines

After you’ve recorded your video, you’ll probably want to edit it. Because a vine can only be six seconds long, squeezing everything in might feel a bit tricky. The editor makes it easy to trim your video clips, remove clips you don’t want to use, and even combine short clips from different videos you’ve recorded.

To trim a clip, select Edit, choose the desired clip, and move the handles to trim the clip to the desired length.

If you want to remove a clip from your current project, select Edit, choose the clip you want to remove, and tap the trash can icon at the top of the screen.

You can read read this blog post from Vine to learn more about managing your recording sessions.

Sharing vines

When you’re happy with the vine, you are ready to share it. Just select Save, tap the check mark, and choose your sharing options. For example, you can choose who to share with (everyone on Vine or as a direct message to a few people), add a caption, choose which other social networks to share with (if any), and more.

The finished product

Curious how our project turned out? Check out the final version of the vine below!


“Making a Vine clone app”

Video blogging has gained a lot of traction in recent years. One app that’s transformed video blogging is Vine. A Vine – a video created in the Vine app – is a short, usually funny clip, and this format has become increasingly popular especially among millennials. The word vine has even become a neologism that refers to a not very lengthy video that people make and edit.

Creating a Vine

To create a Vine, users just film a video and then edit the clip to add music, sounds, and visual effects. They can then quickly share these Vines on social networks. Alongside Instagram pictures, Vines help users remember amusing, magical, and memorable moments.

There are a number of applications that can be used to edit videos on mobile devices. Alternatively, videos can be uploaded to a computer for editing. Let’s take a brief look at the best applications for making Vines that have come out so far.

The official Vine app

The most popular app and social network for Vines is the official Vine app, which was launched in 2012. Soon thereafter, Vine was bought by Twitter, and in 2013 it became the most downloaded free app in the iOS App Store. Vine allows users to shoot six-second videos, speed them up, include photos, make a few basic edits, and then share their creations with friends.

But can this application grow to become as popular as Instagram? Vine does lack some features. For example, it doesn’t let users trim the beginning or end of their videos and it doesn’t have too many editing tools or fancy filters.

Who uses Vine-like apps?

Vine-like apps are associated with fun, excitement, and entertainment. These apps attract creative, energetic, and socially active people. If you want to build a video sharing app, you need to narrow your audience. Addressing too wide of an audience can be confusing and will lead to nothing but frustration, especially when deciding which features to include. The best way to target your app is to either pick a theme that touches people similarly across cultures.

Try to think of themes like animals, art, comedy, music, dance, weird, and so on. If you’re going to develop an app for a narrow audience – let’s say for one country – you’ll need to study that country’s dominant culture in depth. Research what things your target audience is most interested in and see how a video sharing app can contribute to those areas of their lives. If you look at the world through the lens of How can this be captured in a video? you’re sure to find the right app idea. After defining your niche and your audience, you can choose the right functionality for your software.

Consider developing an app for countries such as India, Indonesia, or China. With improving infrastructure and massive smartphone adoption, these countries have become viable targets for internet companies.

Video apps and their success

Kwai app

Kwai, a picture and video sharing app, is considered the most successful app in China. It now also has an English-language version for the international market. At the beginning, Kwai may not have intentionally targeted lower-income cities. However, its product and operation strategies have been centered around one goal: to serve users well.
Here are some things that have made Kwai a success.

Creating content that’s real. Kwai is a light, casual platform where everyone can express themselves and share videos of their lives.

We try not to bother users. We don’t want users to sense our existence. We want them to believe that the content on our platform is real and is not schemed up deliberately. This way, they’re more likely to want to share their own lives and interact.
— Su Hua, CEO of Kwai

Simple and dedicated. Kwai is a clean and simple app. There are only three channels on the homepage: Follow, Explore, and Nearby. It also has a navigation drawer and a little camera icon that lets users start recording or uploading videos. Kwai encourages users to focus on creating original content. The app also hides its private messaging function to encourage users to share and record rather than spend time chatting.

An intelligent algorithm. Kwai claims there’s no human team handling the platform’s content recommendation system. The algorithm makes all personalized recommendations. This algorithm is designed to understand video content, user characteristics, and user behaviours as well as browsing and interaction histories. Based on all of this data, Kwai builds models to match content with users. The more users the app gets, the more data it gets and the more precise its recommendations become. The company is focused on optimizing its intelligent matching.

Through this algorithm recommendation mechanism, every user and video has a chance to be exposed in the Explore feed, even if a user has only one follower. The more likes a video receives, the greater the chance the video will be chosen. Kwai’s algorithm recommends videos by analyzing what users have clicked, watched, or liked, populating a user’s Explore channel according to their previous preferences.

Creating a safe environment. Kwai hasn’t offered live streaming for all users yet, as they find it’s not a good way to record and share daily life. Kwai has implemented live streaming as an auxiliary function, but they’ve offered it to only around 10% of their users. Another rule that demonstrates the company’s restrained approach is it that users can follow 20 people within 24 hours.

Kwai addresses the needs of small and medium-sized cities and rural areas of China. But it’s not only Kwai that’s focusing on this market. Many other companies are increasingly valuing the Asian markets and are benefiting from their growth. These are markets in which adoption of online services is growing alongside the smartphone adoption.

Facebook Creator App

Facebook launched the Facebook Creator app to help users make videos more personal and interactive. The app is available to all Facebook users as well as to pages for individuals (but not for organizations). It offers a Live Creative Kit for creating intros and outros to podcasts and a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger chats, cross-posting to Twitter, and expansive analytics. The app has tools for streaming videos, updating Stories, and messaging other users.

This app gives social media stars a powerful tool to grow communities around their content. It also helps Facebook establish a connection with creators and achieve its mission to make the Creator app the focal point for users.

Facebook Creator allows average users and stars not only to shoot videos but also to grow as creators, capture and share videos, interact with fans, and access the content that interests them most.

Apart from the apps listed above, there are also single-platform applications that run on either iOS or Android but not on both. It’s harder to share content with friends when an app is limited to one platform, however. For this reason, single-platform apps tend to have fewer users.


Without a doubt, good video sharing app ideas can be monetized. But first, you need to win fans by developing an MVP for the platform you’ve chosen. As soon as you find your fans, you can conduct a survey to find out what additional features they’d like and are ready to pay for.

Another way to monetize your video sharing app is to offer it as a promotional tool, which is how Vine was used when Twitter bought it out to promote their service. You could alternatively develop a strong code base for your app and sell it to a third party. You can also think through the business logic to single out a package of professional editing tools (reverse play, trim by duration, slow/fast motion editor, duplicate, mute, rotate, fine tuning, etc.). You can offer these as paid features since video makers (musicians or business people, for instance) might use your app to create clips or ads for marketing purposes. Your motto should be “If you want to charge your users, put them in charge.”

Webinars have also gained popularity, so developing a webinar platform could also be a strategic move. There are tons of like-minded professionals and amateurs who want to learn new things, yet it’s expensive to rent halls or fly to a city for a conference. A digital webinar platform can offer a much cheaper way to learn. It should let users save money while giving you the chance to make money.

Another mark to consider is eLearning, in which you can use video streaming to enhance students’ experiences. A digital platform can unite teachers and students remotely in virtual classrooms. People seek valuable education and knowledge and are willing to pay to get it conveniently and effectively without needing to travel.

Following the motto of putting users in charge, you might let them tip your service for the opportunity to create videos. You simply need to include tipping within your app. Tipping lets users make their own choice to pay and doesn’t pressure them. Plus, people might even be willing to tip more if they videos turn out really well.

Features to include

Users should be able to shoot videos and upload existing ones, adjust the speed, and do some other basic editing. The ability to share videos with friends across social networks is another key feature. You might also need some additional features such as private messaging, user tagging, notifications (when users are tagged in posts, for instance), hashtag support, or hashtag search.

Also, consider adding the features listed below:

Hidden recording button. A hidden button controls recordings without showing anything on the screen so users can focus on the video alone without being distracted by recording controls.

Front camera overlay. Users can record their faces and emotions in a small overlay window, which can be dragged to any position on the screen and customized to any size.

Countdown timer. A timer is useful when users need to prepare before the actual recording.

Drawing on the screen. This feature can be used for tutorial videos to emphasize things, draw symbols, or mark things in any color.

Trimming and cropping videos. Podcasts can be long and include minor imperfections. Trimming and cropping allows users to shorten them and remove the parts they don’t like to make their videos even more impressive.

Groups. Users may want to share their videos with multiple people at once. Groups let users interact on a more personal level.

How much does it cost to build a Vine-like app?

In total, developing an application similar to Vine would take somewhere between 60 to 90 days. Of course, the actual workload will vary depending on what you want to add. When calculating the cost of development, we estimate the number of hours needed for each feature, then multiply that by our hourly rate and add the result to the total cost.

Currently, there’s no single application that offers all the editing features users need to create snappy, stylish Vines of the length they desire. Users need to find a combination of apps to get just the look they want.

This means that now is the time to create an app of your own and take the market by storm! Users are looking for one app that has a user-friendly UI and UX plus functionality that allows them to edit videos, apply filters, use stickers, add music or sound effects, and easily share their creations with others. An app that includes all these features could be the perfect solution for the millennial market.

If you decide that you want to break into this growing market and go big with your own video making app, contact as with your request and we’ll help you deliver a meaningful digital solution for your target audience!

And now check out this crazy video by a real Vine master, Zach King:

Useful links

  1. I have a great mobile app idea. What do I do next?
  2. 8 tips on how to employ the best team of developers for your project
  3. What is MVP and why is it necessary
  4. How we create projects from scratch

How do I make a vine compilation?

I’m assuming you’re familiar with editing programs…i.e. Adobe Premiere.

Technically, Vine no longer exists, so you’ll need to download clips from the social media platform of your choice, i.e. Instagram, using an online downloader which you can Google. Depending on the length, i.e. 10 mins, you might need 15–25 video clips. Here’s where it gets tricky, some of the clips you downloaded might have Content ID on them, so if you intend to monetise your comp on youtube there might be copyright issues, in which case youtube will send you a warning (you only get 3 before your channel is deleted). However, if you don’t intend to monetise your comp, the owner of the footage might decide to, so the best option when receiving such notifications is to delete the copyrighted footage and re-upload your comp.

Editing is pretty simple, Place all your clips on your editing program timeline, trim them down to the best bits, and try to incorporate a “flow” i.e. let a car clip follow another car clip. That way it’s easier on the viewers eyes and doesn’t jar their senses as they watch. Try to use very clear footage, nothing grainy or dark, and boost up the audio of every clip by roughly +5db, so if you’re comp is being played at a party, i.e. on a phone, it can be heard/ attract attention. If you like, download some royalty free music to spice things up. Give it a snazzy title and you’ll be up and away in no time. I hope this helps.

Which fruit and vegetables can I grow in the shade?

Unless you live in the desert, there’s quite a high chance that your garden, patio or even allotment has some shade. It might even have quite a lot. But that doesn’t mean you have to rule out growing your own vegetables and fruit and in fact if you choose the right veg to grow, they should provide you with a plentiful harvest.

As a rule of thumb, fruit and root plants (such as carrots, swede etc.) do better in the sunshine while plants that you grow for their leaves, buds and stems can tolerate shade. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll thrive in a dark shady corner that never gets the sun, but a few hours of sun a day should be enough. You may not have to water them so often as their cousins in the sunshine.

The trick as always is to check the variety of vegetable before you plant to see what conditions it will tolerate and to check the quality of your shade. For want of a better expression, shade comes in different shades! There are sites that get morning sun and afternoon shade, there are sites that get the opposite, sites that get dappled sun and sites that get no sun at all!

A plant that is described as needing full sun probably requires at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. So just spend a little time getting to know your shade before you plant and then try some of the following suggestions.

Kale and spinach

Kale and spinach require similar growing conditions and will tolerate light shade. In fact a bit of shade is beneficial as it stops the kale going to seed. If you live in a milder area you can also grow both during the colder months although they will need more sun then.

They require moisture retaining soil and can also be grown in containers so not only are they a great pair to grow to add some nutrients to your plate but they are fairly easy to accommodate however small your plot.

Cauliflower and broccoli

Another two really healthy veggies which will grow in partial shade are cauliflower and broccoli. Cauliflowers need a bit of room, rich soil and a deep spot so make sure you’ve dug in lots of well-rotted manure or compost in advance. They’re another crop that you can grow all year round and you’ll need to plant them about 60 cm apart and keep them well watered.

A great compliment to cauliflower isbroccoli and it can be slightly easier to grow if you’re an inexperienced gardener. Again, plant them in fertile, well-draining soil and in partial shade.


You may not think of peasas a shade tolerant veg but why not give them a try. They require a sunny, nutrient-rich, moisture-retentive site. But provided they get some sun, they can do ok. Morning sun with afternoon shade will work or shaded roots but a sunny top can give them enough sunshine too.

They will need supports with trellis or netting but you can grow them in autumn for a late crop, spring for an early harvest and you can sow at different times throughout the year to make sure you have delicious, fresh peas on a regular basis.


While growing fruit in limited sun is generally a bit harder, it’s not impossible even if you don’t yield the sweetest, juiciest of produce.


Gooseberries are easy to grow and they’re not too fussy about soil! Just check the variety that you grow before you plant …the cooking ones are best. They’ll need a moisture retaining, rich soil and you can grow gooseberries in containers.

They do prefer a spot in full sun if possible, but should be ok with a few hours sun. Don’t forget that birds love gooseberries too so when they’re ready to harvest you have to act fast or you may miss out.

Red currants and white currants

Another great addition to the gardener’s palette are currants, whether they’re red, white or even black. They’ll need a slightly sheltered spot, and although they prefer full sun, they will tolerate dappled shade. You’ll also need to train your currents but once well-established they can go on producing fruit for many years.

Nearly every garden or patio is likely to have some shade but it really isn’t a reason to think of it as wasted space. A little bit of planning and research and perhaps a little bit of extra loving care can mean that you manage to get an additional crop or two out of your shady corners.

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Photo by Hollow Creative.

How to create shade in the garden

Lazing beneath a cool, shady pergola when the sun is high in the sky must be one of life’s most agreeable experiences. Some form of shade structure is essential not just to beat the rays but also to make outdoor living more pleasant. Whether you choose a rustic pergola or a simple shade sail, creating a ‘ceiling’ in your garden makes sense on many levels.

With any garden structures you need to think about materials, position, scale and purpose, but a large vertical element like a pergola has much greater visual presence in the landscape than features like decks or lawns. They can also be costly so it pays to properly research what kind of shade structure would work best for your outdoor spaces. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Make sure it’s weatherproof

We have a variable climate in this country, which makes it necessary to not only shade outdoor spaces from the sun, but also shelter them from rain and wind if we are to maximise our usage. For this your overhead structure will need to be covered in a weatherproof material and ideally screened along at least one of its sides.

Photo by Helen Bankers.

2. Create an outdoor room

With space inside becoming so much tighter for many of us, using outdoor areas as an extension of the house is the ideal solution. Covering all or part of the space above a terrace or deck will enhance its feeling of enclosure, making it feel more protected and room-like.

Photo by Hollow Creative.

3. Maximise your privacy

A covered pergola provides privacy from neighbours who can view your garden from above, but if you want to still allow sun to penetrate think about using a semi-transparent material such as timber battens or bamboo on top. Awnings and shade sails that can be removed when you want a little more light are also an option. For a more permanent waterproof structure consider aluminium louvres, tinted glass or polycarbonate awnings. In very tiny gardens overlooked by tall buildings think about screening the entire overhead plane of the garden to create one lovely, room-like space.

Photo by Helen Bankers.

4. Create visual balance between home and garden

Another advantage of building a pergola or similar overhead structure such as an arbour is that it will add visual weight to your garden, a big plus if it’s new and plants are still establishing. The verticality of the structure will help even up the balance between garden and house, an important thing to consider as a large house can easily overpower a small site.

Photo by Hollow Creative.

5. Extend the architecture of the house

Pergolas and other overhead shelters such as arbours, archways and awnings can also be used to extend the architecture of the house into the garden. To reinforce this visual connection try and use materials or colours that will relate to those of the house. For instance, paint the vertical structure the same colours as the trim on the house or use the same powder-coated steel as the window joinery.

6. Choose your materials wisely

Visual weight is important when choosing materials for vertical structures, particularly if you have a small garden. Aluminium, powder-coated steel, wrought iron and other metals generally have a lighter appearance than timber, brick and concrete. However, the flexibility of timber gives you more design options. It can also easily be painted or stained to a colour that complements those of the house and be fine or rough sawn depending on the style of the garden.

Painted or stained timber structures obviously require more maintenance than natural timber, wrought iron, powder-coated steel or aluminium. Timber is also less durable than metal.

But if the budget is tight timber wins out over metal structures, most of which require professional skills to construct. A simple timber pergola can be built by someone with reasonable DIY ability and there are also a number of kitset shade structures available now.

7. Scale is crucial

As well as colours and materials, scale is crucial with pergolas and other overhead structures. If you relate their dimensions to the proportions of the house (door and window heights for instance) this will strengthen the connection between the two. Don’t skimp on the height and width of your pergola; a mean, cramped structure will not be pleasant to use or look at.

Photo by Guy Frederick.

8. Consider lightweight shade options

Lightweight, temporary shade structures can add an enchanting festive quality to the garden and they don’t have to cost the earth. When the sun appears drape a piece of beautiful fabric (a sari or sarong for instance) over a homemade frame of manuka or bamboo poles. Stretched shade sails and canopies are also excellent alternatives to pergolas and other permanent structures. Many are waterproof and their flexibility of size and shape means they can be used to protect a variety of outdoor spaces from sandpits to patios.

Umbrellas are, of course, the ultimate temporary shade structure, ideal for shading smaller terraces and eating areas. These days there are many variations on the traditional garden umbrella including large, tilting patio types fixed to posts to make them more wind-resistant.

Built-in Louvretec aluminium louvres allow sunlight to be modulated on the outdoor seating area. Photo by Samuel Hartnett.

9. Investigate shade-control technology

When budget is not an issue the most sophisticated options for controlling the elements – sun, shade, light, ventilation and rain – are electronically controlled louvres. These can be used to clad both the sides and top of pergolas and are available in a range of different blade sizes and colours in adonised or powder-coated aluminium.

Many electronic systems can be customised to suit the space and some are sensor controlled to automatically close when it starts to rain.

Photo by Juliet Nicholas.

10. Train plants over man-made structures

Training plants over a pergola will soften the man-made materials of a vertical structure intensifying the connection between it, the house and garden. Plants are a cost effective way to create shade, and the light quality beneath green plants is lovely. If deciduous climbers are used sunlight can still penetrate below the pergola during winter.

The disadvantages of using plants for shade are leaf, flower and berry drop, insect attraction and their lack of rain protection. Pergolas also need to be strong enough to support the weight of climbers, which can be heavy when they mature.

Words by: Carol Bucknell


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21 Ways to Add Shade to Your Outdoor Living Areas


Spending time outdoors is one of the most sought-after benefits of living in Southern California and one of the main reasons so many folks choose to call this area home. While our comfortable climate allows us to enjoy backyard barbecues and alfresco dinner parties throughout the year, there are some steps we have to take to ensure that our family and friends can enjoy the fantastic climate in comfort.

After all, the reason we can spend so much time outdoors here is that most days are warm or hot and the vast majority of days are sunny. This warm, sunny weather also means that we need to make sure our yards have lots of shade to help keep our guests cool and provide protection from the sun for our children and pets.

To make sure your patio, swimming pool area or other entertaining spaces are comfortable and usable throughout the year, here are 21 functional, stylish ways you can add shade to your outdoor living areas.

1. Plant trees.

Shade trees are an obvious choice and an eco-friendly, inexpensive way to add shade to outdoor living areas. You will, of course, need to select varieties that grow in a manner that will provide shade, but you can easily find plenty of options at your local nursery or by working with a landscape designer. Many shade trees are deciduous, but folks who live in Southern California can use their outdoor entertaining spaces through fall and winter as well, so you may want to opt for evergreens for year-round shade.

The issue with this option is that it will take many years for a young tree to grow large enough to provide a significant amount of shade. However, the end result is definitely worth the wait. Some homeowners even create full outdoor rooms under the canopy of a single shade tree, which creates a space that is functional, beautiful and integrated with nature.

Also keep in mind that strategically planted shade trees can lower the cost and use of energy when heating and cooling your home.

2. Add a gazebo.

Adding even a small gazebo to your backyard or front yard creates a covered seating area where you can read, relax or visit with friends. Installing a gazebo instantly adds an outdoor room that comes with its own shade and protection from the elements, so this is a great option for homeowners who have the space and budget for this home improvement project. As an added bonus, different areas around the gazebo will also be shaded as the sun moves through the sky, which can provide a protected space in which your children or dogs can play or relax outside.

3. Invest in patio umbrellas.

Umbrellas are one of the fastest ways you can add shade to your outdoor living areas, so if you have a social gathering that is just days – or hours — away and you need more shade, umbrellas may be your best option. Of course, to find the perfect umbrella, you may need to order it online or have it made, but you can purchase basic options in a variety of colors at garden centers, patio furniture stores and home improvement stores. You can even find patio umbrellas for sale at grocery stores just before and during the summer entertaining season.

You can opt for simple umbrellas with a pole you insert in the hole found in the middle of most patio tables or standalone options. For standalone options, you can choose conventional options that have a straight pole and provide shade in a circle around that pole, or you can choose off-set umbrellas, which allows you to place the base more out of the way and direct the shade to your outdoor entertaining areas. Off-set umbrellas are often more expensive, but this is not something that you want to go too cheap on; inexpensive umbrellas or bases often do not function as well as their better-made counterparts, and you may end up spending double when you have to replace them.

Because umbrellas shade limited areas at a time, this option is best when you have particular spots that need sun protection, such as a patio dining table.

4. Stash a pop-up canopy.

If you only need some extra shade very once in a while, it is likely not worth the expense to install a permanent shade structure. If this is the case, you can simply purchase one or more pop-up canopies to provide temporary shade anywhere you might need it. Benefits of this option include the ability to move your shade as needed and the ability to store your canopy out of sight when not in use. While you can certainly spend more on a higher-quality or more-stylish product, another benefit is that you can pick up these temporary canopies rather inexpensively almost anywhere.

This is another instant option that you can purchase, set up and use within an hour or so, so this is a great option to quickly add shade and sun protection to your yard. Because it is temporary and can be moved, this also might be a good option to use while you are waiting for the above-mentioned shade trees to mature.

5. Install a pavilion.

Pavilions are like canopies and are commonly called canopies, but we are using the terms separately here to differentiate between the temporary style of canopy mentioned above and the more permanent option we are talking about here. So, a pavilion usually has a fabric top and corner posts like a pop-up canopy, but there is nothing pop-up about these. Pavilions are more of a semi-permanent shade structure – not quite permanent, since you can usually move or remove them fairly easily, but they do require assembly and can be attached to a deck, patio or the ground for stability and long-term use.

Pavilions are more attractive and, generally, better made than canopies, since they are designed to withstand the elements on a long-term basis. They can be securely attached to the ground, a deck or a patio to provide daily protection from the sun and rain while you enjoy your outdoor living area.

If you want something with more style and sturdiness than a temporary canopy but your budget will not allow the construction of a permanent cover for your patio, a pavilion is kind of the perfect middle ground. The price range for pavilions can range from around $200 into the thousands, but you can get a decent pavilion that you can enjoy for years to come starting at about $600. If you are a bit handy around the house, you may be able to install it yourself. If you are not very handy, it is worth hiring a handyman or contractor to properly install it to get the best value out of this option.

While they will not last as long as a solid roof structure for a covered patio, a pavilion should provide you with an attractive shade structure for many years with proper installation and care.

6. Include marquees in your patio design.

A marquee is yet another type of canopy, but this one is a bit different. Marquees are generally used to provide protection from the elements as guests approach an entryway or as they make their way between structures. For example, if you have a covered porch attached to your home and a covered patio in your backyard, you might use a marquee to provide shade over the walkway connecting the porch to the patio. Keep in mind that a marquee does not have to be made out of canopy fabric. For example, you can create a natural, living marquee by growing vines over an arched trellis.

7. Hang patio curtains.

Patio curtains are an easy, quick, inexpensive way to increase the shade and weather protection in an outdoor living area that already has a solid roof, pergola, pavilion or other type of cover. Curtains can be opened and closed as the sun moves to maintain shady areas and air circulation. What this option is going to do for you is extend the amount of time you enjoy shade on your patio, since it will help block the sun from the side while your patio’s cover blocks it from above.

Keep in mind that you do not have to use actual patio curtains to achieve this look and function. You can also use tapestries for more bohemian feel, or even shower curtains or fabric, if that is what you have on hand.

8. Construct a permanent roof.

If you have an existing deck or patio that does not have a cover, you can always construct a permanent, solid roof to transform it into a covered patio. This is a more expensive option than those we have mentioned so far, but it is also a permanent solution that comes with the opportunity to significantly enhance the look and function of your patio.

This option will take longer to install, usually requires hiring a contractor and will most likely involve building permits, but if you have the time and the budget, this is your most elegant, attractive option for creating shade.

9. Add a balcony or second-story deck.

This option definitely takes longer to install, definitely involves building permits and, unless you are a contractor, it is going to require hiring one. This is also the most expensive option on this list. However, folks who have the time and money for this home improvement project have the opportunity to add shade to their main outdoor living area while also increasing their outdoor living space by adding a balcony or a second-story deck. If you do not have a second-story from which to access your deck, you can also provide access via stairs from the ground.

Having one outdoor living area on top of another provides lots of opportunities for entertaining, may increase the value of your home, and increases your access to functional, outdoor spaces any time of the day or night. For our purpose here, it also is a great way to cover your current outdoor living area to add shade and protection from the elements.

10. Install a pergola.

Pergolas are permanent, assembled and installed structures with an open roof system. They are rather versatile when it comes to complementing a variety of architectural styles and can significantly enhance the visual appeal of outdoor living areas. This makes them a popular choice that we are seeing more of all the time. Another reason they are so popular is that options are available for almost any budget, so this is one shade structure that most homeowners can afford. Plus, there are lots of pergola plans online and kits available at home improvement stores, which allows homeowners to take on this home improvement as a do-it-yourself project.

Alone, pergolas offer broken shade, but this can be supplemented and filled in by adding a fabric covering. The two most common options for this are fabric lengths that are permanently placed to cover the top of the pergola and fabric that is installed on a ring or bar system that allows you to cover or uncover the pergola as desired.

11. Install an arbor.

The terms arbor and pergola are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Whereas pergolas have an open roof structure supported by four or more posts, arbors are more like a combination of a trellis and a pergola. Arbors have an open roof structure that is similar to a pergola, but – unlike a pergola – they have trellis-like structures on either side, which allows vines to easily grow up and over the structure to provide shade. Some arbors are large enough to include bench seating on the sides, which provides a shady spot to read, enjoy your morning coffee or catch up with a friend.

12. Build a fence or wall.

Fences and walls do not offer protection from the sun while it is overhead, but they do provide shade earlier and later in the day when properly positioned. This makes them a good addition to a covered patio or canopy to offer a larger expanse of shade throughout the day.

13. Grow vines.

Vines can be planted to enhance the shade offered by pergolas, arbors, fences and walls and can even be grown between a fence and a pergola (or other structure) to provide a living marquee. This can be accomplished by training the vines along a trellis, arbor or twine strung between the two structures.

Growing vines on a fence that does not adequately block light, such as a chain-link fence or split-rail fence, is another easy way to increase shade, as well as privacy.

Evergreen vines that do not die back or need to be cut back in the winter are your best options if you are going for year-round shade.

Vines that can be trained to provide shade include grapes, chayote and other squash, bougainvillea and wisteria.

14. Hang plants.

Hanging plants are not going to provide enough shade on their own to really protect you from the sun; however, they are a great supplement to shade structures, such as patio roofs, pergolas, arbors, cabanas or pavilions. When added to these existing structures, hanging plants increase the amount of shade your outdoor living areas will have when the sun is not directly overhead.

Vining plants are going to be your best bet here, since they will provide more protection as their vines hang below the containers. Examples of vines that grow well in containers include bougainvillea, jasmine and ivy.

15. Hang shade sails.

Shade sails are an easy, attractive way to add shade to outdoor living areas. These large pieces of fabric are typically shaped like triangular sails and are stretched between posts or structures to cover patios and other outdoor areas. Depending on the color and style you choose, shade sails can look incredibly modern and sleek or a bit more rustic. This option is typically easy to install and can be purchased at home improvement stores or some garden centers, but you may have to order custom sails to make sure they properly fit your space.

16. Install do-it-yourself rolling shades.

Rolling shades can be used as window coverings inside or outside of your home. You can also purchase larger versions that can be easily attached to a patio roof or pergola to provide shade when the sun is not directly overhead. Bamboo rolling shades are the most common type seen in use on patios, but they can also be made of fabric. While you can hire a handyman for convenience, most folks who know how to use a drill can just take this on as a quick, do-it-yourself project.

17. Go upscale with a cabana.

Cabanas include a pretty wide range of shade shelters that can be anything from fabric to wood, since pretty much any type of structure that is next to a pool or on the beach and has an opening facing the water is generally considered a cabana. This means that this option could fall into more than one of the above-mentioned categories, but it is worth mentioning separately here, because they are often considered more upscale and they do differ a bit from other options.

For example, in order to call it a cabana rather than a pavilion, most people would say you would need to have patio curtains on at least three sides so that it can be closed off to make a room. Since cabanas are often used as changing rooms for swimming pools and beaches, it would be best to have curtains on all four sides. You could also add curtains to a covered patio with a stick-built roof that is near your pool to turn it into a cabana.

The combination of a solid roof and curtains makes cabanas a particularly good choice for adding shade to outdoor living areas.

18. Opt for awnings.

Awnings are simple, have been around forever and are a tried-and-true way to easily add shade to outdoor areas. They can be attached directly to your home and, in most cases, do not require posts. You can, of course, attach awning to posts if you plan on using them as a permanent structure, and some styles do have posts integrated into the design.

There are basically three types of awning from which to choose: solid metal awnings, fabric awnings that are stationary and fabric awnings that are retractable. Solid metal awnings, which are usually made from aluminum, are your sturdiest option and can hold up to rain, wind and sun for years.

Stationary, fabric awnings are second in line as far as sturdiness goes, but they are much more customizable to complement your space, since you can choose among different styles and a huge variety of colors.

Retractable awnings are your most versatile option and allow you to decide when you would like protection from the sun and rain and when you would like to have your outdoor living space uncovered. In the category of retractable awnings, you can choose between less expensive options that you open manually or models that are fully motorized.

Although awnings are not cheap, they do provide a relatively inexpensive option for covering a large area without having to install an entire structure.

19. Plant tall plants and bushes.

They might not grow up to be big, beautiful shade trees, but tall plants and bushes can increase privacy and provide shade throughout the day to make your outdoor living areas more enjoyable. And, if you choose something as attractive as the rose bushes in the photo above, they can also significantly increase the visual appeal of your outdoor living areas.

You can plant tall plants or bushes as a border near your patio or deck or you can plant them in containers that can be arranged on or near your entertaining spaces. If you plant them in containers on wheeled plant stands, it is easy and convenient to move them around to keep the area shaded as the sun moves through the sky throughout the day.

20. Create a tropical paradise with a palapa.

A palapa is similar to a pavilion or other covered patio options, but it is best to list it separately because there is a rather distinct difference. The main difference between a palapa and other shade structures is that a palapa typically has wooden posts and always has a thatched roof. So, if you are going for a tropical look in your backyard, this might the shade structure for you.

If you are not familiar with thatched roofs, they provide great protection from the sun and rain. After all, they are primarily used in areas that receive a lot of both. You can learn how to build your own palapa online, order a kit to assemble, or hire a contractor experienced in building these tropical, open-air huts.

21. Get creative.

You can create shade with just about anything that blocks the sun and can be hung up or strung up in some way. For example, you can create your own DIY canopy with bamboo, fabric and some rope, or you can string up a row of parasols to create a unique marquee over a walkway. Another option is to throw a sheet over a rope tied between two trees or posts to make a tent-like structure where your children can play outside but out of the sun. Alternatively, you can create covered outdoor living areas or play areas by setting up a teepee, yurt or tent.

Additional Resources

  • How to Expand Your Living Space with a Sunroom
  • How to Create a Backyard Spa Getaway

You’ve had some fun with Vine, but now you want to get serious. Here are 12 tips to turn you into a Vine pro.

With Vine, you have six seconds to really impress a viewer. Thankfully, six seconds is more than enough time to dazzle someone, tell a story or share a laugh. These tips range from technical best practices to creative guidelines.

1. Visualize the Final Product

Before you start your masterpiece, have a good idea what your finished Vine is going to look like. This might seem like obvious advice, but it will help make your shoot more efficient and give you an opportunity to really think about the structure of your creation. Some Viners sketch out their Vine frame-by-frame in a notebook, while others just have an idea in their head. Find what works for you.

This isn’t to say you can’t change things as you go or get inspired while shooting; however, a simple road map will help. If you can visualize it, there is a good chance you can find some way to bring it to life.

When Vine first launched, paper and food immediately began showing up in the most popular Vines. Why? Because both paper and food are accessible, cheap and easy to manipulate. Top make something come to life with simple stop-motion, simply move the scene very minimally and take a very short shot by tapping your screen. Look around you — is there anything you can use for a Vine? (Answer: Yes, there is!)

2. Find Your Own Unique Visual Style

The Viners who most stand out are the ones who created a visual style for themselves and really owned it. Think about the things you love the most. How would you describe your own personality? How could those things be translated to Vine? This doesn’t mean you can’t share things outside of your style, but if you have a strong Vine personality, people will start to really anticipate your work. If you love being outdoors, let Vine be an extension of that. If you’re really into comedy, Vine is a perfect platform for comedy.

SEE ALSO: Meet Vine’s Most Creative Stop-Motion Animator

Here are a few Viners who really nailed a consistent personal style:

Pinot is an illustrator and graphic designer. His Vines often show animations that defy reality and interact with the physical world. He uses his sketchbook and cel animation to make objects come to life.

Meagan Cignoli: Meagan is a fashion and portrait photographer who always fills her Vines with life. Many of her Vines have a nice brightly lit look to them and focus on fashion. She’s also been hired to create Vines for brands — including these DIY tips for Lowes.

YellDesign: Viner Matt Wills immediately got noticed when his toast Vine was selected as one of the first editor’s choices. He continued with the magic food theme and has created many more popular Vines in a similar style.

3. Set Your Brain to “Vine Mode”

This might sound silly, but make Vine a part of your thought process during the day. When you see something that would make a good Vine, you’ll immediately recognize it. If you look at the world through a lens of “How can this be captured in a Vine?” you’re guaranteed to find something interesting to share.

4. Use Your Six Seconds Wisely

A really well-executed Vine won’t feel rushed. Even though a Vine is only six seconds long, you shouldn’t be stressed out by its length. If you’re setting out to tell a joke, you will be able to set up and execute your gag in a short amount of time. Just as you couldn’t tell a 2,000 word story in a single tweet, you wouldn’t tell a story that needs three minutes to develop on Vine.

Don’t try to cram too many thing into your Vine, and don’t force things that don’t work.

5. Stabilize Your Shot

Shaky video can be really distracting and annoying; you’re going to want a tripod. When you buy a tripod, keep some things in mind.

  • Make sure the tripod or phone mount will support vertical video. Many of the tripod mounts are geared for horizontal video.

  • Get two tripods: one that is rock steady, another that is flexible. (like a GorillaPod) You can use both of them for different purposes.

  • Make sure your tripod is steady. If you are doing stop-motion, you will be tapping your phone hundreds of times and you need a support that won’t wobble.

  • If you want to really go all out, try out an iPhone dolly (such as the iStabilizer) and attach your vertical-supporting mount

  • Image courtesy iStabilizer

    6. Nail the Coveted Perfect Loop

    One hashtag always popular on Vine is #loop. Basically, a Vine with a perfect loop will seamlessly repeat forever. Ideally, you’ll want to hook a viewer with a looping video so they will watch your creation multiple times. To achieve a perfect loop, your final frame needs to flow effortlessly with your first frame.

    Some things to keep in mind when planning your loop: What objects are moving in my Vine? Will they end up exactly where they began? If the frame starts blank (such as the banana in @origiful’s banana Vine above), your subject will simply need to leave enough time for your subject to enter and exit the frame. (Of course, there are other ways to achieve a loop — and not all Vines need one.)

    7. Determine Whether You’ll Move the Camera

    While rock steady shots often work well with stop-motion videos, movement can add something extra to your videos. Actor/Vine-embracer Adam Goldberg likes to give his Vines a sense of motion. The camera movements — along with his fisheye lens — complement his surrealist style. (Just be careful not to make your shots too shaky and make your viewers queasy.)

    8. Be Aware of Technical Limitations

    White Balance: The white balance on Vine is not your friend. Your phone will auto-white balance, but it doesn’t do a good job of compensating for different colors of light. If you’re outdoors, great; your light will probably be fine. However, if you’re indoors, be aware of the color of your light source.

    For example, at Mashable HQ, we have bold blue walls. While they look really cool, they can really throw off the white balance of vines. When we shot our Valentine’s Day Vine, the blue of the wall caught the camera’s auto-white balance — despite the white tabletop — and gave the entire Vine a red tint.

    If you put a white sheet of paper in front of your phone to white balance, the colors will be corrected for a moment before readjusting to the improper white balance as soon as you remove the paper.

    Don’t expect to be able to fix your white balance in a bad location. Find somewhere bright, full of natural light and away from colored walls. (That is, unless you want to play with a tweaked white balance for a fun effect.)

    Focus: Vine will also auto-focus your shot. This is unfortunate because the camera won’t always focus on the subject you want it to. If you put your finger where you want the camera to focus, it will generally refocus the shot accordingly. Sometimes the focus will hold; sometimes it won’t. If your subject isn’t catching the camera’s focus, rethink the way your shot is set up.

    You can take advantage of Vine’s focus quirk. Quickly change the focus or light in a shot for some frames of lens adjustment and exposure.

    Audio: While your phone should pick up your voice pretty nicely in most situations, Vine is very limited when it comes to audio. If you’re recording a stop motion video, there really isn’t any way to give it an uninterrupted soundtrack. If you play a song while you shoot, you’ll end up with a disjointed audio effect.

    You can try making individual sound effects (either with an audio device or your own voice) to accompany the action in your vine. However, many popular animation-based vines focus solely on visuals and don’t use audio at all.

    Crashing: If you’ve shot many Vines, you likely have experienced some technical difficulties. There are few things more frustrating than losing a nearly completed video you’ve been working on for an hour. If you’re going to shoot a time-intensive Vine, close out other apps on your phone, turn on your Wi-Fi and go into Airplane Mode so you aren’t interrupted by a phone call.

    Tapping and Swiping: Obviously, if you are making a stop-motion Vine, you want to take as short of shots as possible. Practice with your phone and tripod to get better at this process. If you have one frame that is significantly longer than the rest, it will be noticeable. If you want to free up your hands to perform, you can swipe across from left-to-right on the bottom of the screen to have Vine record all six seconds at once.

    9. Learn Video Basics

    It’s good to keep the basic rules of video in mind; however, sometimes breaking the rules will give your Vine a really cool effect.

  • Rule of Thirds: When framing a shot, one of the first things that should come to mind is framing. Where is the subject going to be? Will it have enough space to move in the frame?

    It’s important to keep in mind that Vine videos are square — framing will be a different than a 16:9 shot. Putting someone on the right or left third might not give you enough space, though keeping your subject’s eyes on the upper third of the shot will probably work. In general, a centered shot works well.

  • Lighting: Be mindful of the way light is hitting your subject. If it’s a really sunny afternoon, you’ll probably want to find some shade or shoot indoors. If your subject is strongly lit from behind, it will either be really dark or have a blown-out background. If you’re indoors, grab a lamp and position it to light your subject.

  • 10. Take Advantage of Vine’s Quirks

    Vine is filled with all kinds of quirky things — such as @RyanWMcHenry’s “Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal” series. Vine is the perfect medium for a quick visual joke like this. You don’t need more than a few seconds to get the point across.

    Some people are frustrated that you can’t save your unfinished videos, but instead of being annoyed, use it as an opportunity to share things in real time. If you see something, shoot it. If it doesn’t work, you don’t have to post it. You never know who will find your little creation amusing.

    If you want to make your teacup collection come to life, or make funny faces at the camera, Vine is the place.

    11. Put Thought Into Sharing Your Vine

    Timing: Be mindful of the timing of your Vine. Not everyone can crank out Vines during the work day, so if you can create one during the day, it might have an extra advantage standing out. We’ve noticed the Vines really start to roll in when people get off work for the day. If you start your morning with a Vine, it could be one of the few fresh videos in the feed that morning. (Of course, keep in mind there are Viners in many different time zones.)

    Hashtags: Before you begin shooting, take a look at the trending hashtags in the “Explore” tab. Don’t just throw random hashtags on your vine, that will look sloppy. (This isn’t Instagram, and you aren’t Rihanna.) Find the one or two most fitting hashtags for your creation and hashtag accordingly. This is how people will find your work. There are a few hashtags that will always be popular, such as #magic, #loop, #howto and #cute.

    12. Follow Other Viners for Inspiration

    SEE ALSO: 10 Best Users to Follow on Vine

    A very creative community has developed on Vine. Take the time to follow interesting people to fuel your creativity. If you’re into comedy, check out our list of great comedians to follow on Vine. If animation is your thing, follow the people we’ve highlighted above or in this post. However, we encourage you to explore Vine and find people who haven’t been in the spotlight yet.

    Who do you enjoy following on Vine? What other tips would you add? Share your favorite Viners and best Vine tips with us in the comments below.

    Homepage Image by origiful

    Video-sharing app Vine — which will be discontinued in the coming weeks — was one of the strangest, dumbest, and most creative places online. But don’t take our word for it! What follows are the greatest Vines of all time, as chosen by Select All editors and colleagues. They are in no particular order, and run the full gamut of Vine — from stupidly hilarious to hilariously stupid. Long may they loop in our memory.

    Apple Store Woman

    In many ways, the Apple Store woman was the quintessential Vine. She is at once both hilarious in her anger, and understandable. Anyone who owns an Apple product has had to endure the Apple Store. This woman is a monument to that experience. —Brian Feldman

    Squidward Hit the Dab

    The brevity of Vines and the easiness of recording them made them superb for capturing moments that nobody might believe otherwise, such as the Squidward dabbing. Nobody would believe that this happened were it not for Vine, and honestly, I still kinda don’t. —BF

    Why You Always Lying

    So many questions about this one, but the two I always think of are: (1) why wasn’t this released as a single, and (2) what’s up with the toilet? —BF

    Eyebrows on Fleek

    Vine, for as short-lived as it was, bore new additions to the cultural vocabulary that will outlast us all. Never forget “on fleek,” created by Peaches Monroee two years ago to describe the next-level flawlessness of her eyebrows. (Because “on point” just didn’t do them justice.) It has since been adapted (and appropriated) for those crucial “feeling myself” moments, no matter how uncool you still sound saying it out loud. —Dee Lockett

    Back at It Again Krispy Kreme

    This is the Vine that finally made me understand the hypnotizing power of the Loop. Every time I watch it, I think, “This is it. This time, the video will continue on and we’ll see the sign hit the ground.” But the sign never hits the ground and shatters, and it never will. —BF

    Do It for the Vine

    The sole purpose of Vine was to set aside all dignity in the name of internet fame. Grown folks knew this, teens knew this, but young children? They are mere pawns in the scheme, but dammit, if they haven’t been responsible for some of the best Vines. Just look at this little star-in the-making — she slyly pretends she won’t “do it for the Vine,” but you know she will. And when she does “it,” you’ll melt forever. —DL

    Duck Army

    We all know that the sound of one rubber duck toy honking is annoying. But who knew that the sound of a whole bin is (1) more like pained moaning, and (2) completely horrifying? What really gets me is the wide-eyed frozen expressions painted on the ducks’ faces, as if they’re trying to get somebody, anybody, to help free them from this miserable, loud, rubbery existence. I wonder how long it took for this hideous flock’s moans to die out after the Viner slinked away. Pour one out for all the toy-store employees who had to deal with teens re-creating this nightmare. —Marissa Cetin

    Hater Blockers

    Me. —BF

    Weed Crayon

    There are a million different things happening in this Vine. It’s like one of those hidden-image galleries in Highlights where you had to find the shoe hidden in the tree. Each time you watch it, something wrong — and yet, so right — will reveal itself. In the history of civilization, there has never been a joke funnier than dialing 911 into a microwave. —BF

    I Tapped the Breaks

    On a trip home from McDonald’s, after Vine star Lauren Lavoie executed one well-placed pump of the brakes, her sister Joanne gagged on a McFlurry spoon and emitted a guttural retch that would later become the audio centerpiece of a Vine that would reach 70 million users. The moment, the gag specifically, went onto become a favorite meme among power Vine users and was remixed countless times to great pop-cultural effect. — Kenny Wassus

    Broom Broom

    For whatever, tragic reason, the original Vine of Scottish teenager Trish Simmonds pretending to drive her mom’s car has been removed. But the short film loses none of its power as a YouTube that retains the full narrative arc: Trish is in the car, and then her mom tells her to get out of the car, and then Trish is sad. Poetry. — Max Read

    Jeb Bush Loves Technology

    This is probably Jeb! Bush’s most important contribution to this election, edited by Election Vine Hero Vic Berger IV from a campaign video of “Jeb’s Silicon Valley Favorites,” in which Jeb! literally just names things. The *chef’s kiss* of the Vine is whatever that uncomfortable intake of breath and smile Jeb! is. Please clap! —MC

    Shovel Vine

    As lovely and warm and funny as Vine could be, it could also be a place of unspeakable (but still, honestly, funny) violence. Shovel girl — Miranda Fugate — is fine, by the way. —MR

    Hemtube Dance

    It isn’t what we say that defines us, but what we do when alone in our apartment. Korean Viner hemtube showed us how she celebrates new comfy pajamas with the help of her cat and a killer loop lifted from vaporwave artist HOME. —Byron Hulcher

    Ounces Unicorn

    The rhythmically perfect pairing of Migos’s “Ounces” and the floor routine of a person in a very elaborate unicorn costume, at what appears to be some sort of children’s assembly, makes this Vine transcendent. An added bonus are the two seated mascot types in the background at the very beginning of the clip, who play the perfect hypemen as our unicorn star begins its march into Vine infamy. — Andrew Leigh

    What Are Those

    In 2015, a year fraught with tension toward police and issues with filming them, Vine user A-RODney King added much-needed levity when he demanded an on-duty and unexpecting officer answer for his Frankenstein-esque combat boots. “WHAT ARE THOSE?” went onto garner nearly 40 million loops, and prompted thousands of users to create their own takes of the meme. —KW

    Do You Guys Even Listen to Drake?

    Canadian Vine star Jus Reign wants to know: Do these guys even listen to Drake? Reign, a breakout star for videos in which he plays himself and a stern father who calls him ugly, is a master of squeezing both a joke, and its surreal unraveling, into the short six seconds Vine allows. —MR

    Today’s Forecast

    TFW you hear Vine is getting shut down. —MR

    Nae Nae to Anything

    The best Vines surprised you with a new spin on a classic song. The best Viners were black high school students. Therefore, this is a perfect Vine. — Sarah Caldwell

    The Quiznos Sign Spinner

    Whatever happened to the original “That’s My Best Friend” Vine seems to be about as much of a mystery as how Kendall Jenner and Young Thug also came to be credited for it. Still, there’s no question that rapper Toyko Vanity, in one tribute to her BFF, created an instant-classic meme beyond her own control. She even turned it into a full song and ringtone! We’ll always remember it as our best anthem for Shine Theory. —DL

    Post Up

    WorldStarHipHop used to be the place we all went to indulge our petty tendencies, but who knew the most scathing playground fight in middle-school history would live on Vine? There is no recovering from this level of poised character assassination. RIP to all her haters. —DL

    Who Is She?

    No one knows.

    • iOS developers;
    • Android developers;
    • UI and UX designers (both for Android and iOS);
    • Back-end coders;
    • Project manager;
    • Software tester.

    The time it’ll take to develop a Vine clone: 4-6 weeks. Development time depends a lot on user interface complexity, number of additional features, settings, and so on.

    Considering that one week has 5 working days each of which lasts for 8 hours, your team will have to work for 160-240 hours.

    So, how much does it cost to build app like Vine? Here’s the answer:

    If you know the hourly rate of your development team, you can find out how much the development will cost multiplying the total rate by 160 or 240 hours.

    Total cost needed to create app like Vine:

    • Simplest version of Vine, made by Junior developers: $12,000;
    • Vine version with a number of features that can satisfy an average user, good design, made by experienced developers, for both iOS and Android: $30,000;
    • Vine clone with custom additional features, best possible design and UX, made by senior developers for iOS and Android: can be as expensive as $55,000.

    Steps of creating a Vine clone

    Developing a Vine clone is a complex task which might require a big team. Depending on the features you might choose to add or omit, the number of steps required to develop such an app will vary.

    However, the number of basic steps to create a video app is pretty much the same as creating any other app. Let’s cover them:

    1. Getting a basic server plan

    Before they make a video sharing app, most developers are concerned about server functionality and the maintenance cost. In reality, it’s not as much of a concern when it comes to building a Vine-like video sharing app.

    At the onset, developers can start development on a basic server. Later, as more and more daily active users join the platform, it makes sense to upgrade the plan to a more advanced one. To create a video sharing app, developers normally use AWS servers.

    2. Design UX and UI

    The next step to creating a Vine clone is designing the user interface. This work is usually done by a professional designer with the help of tools such as Sketch or Figma. The team uses mock data to see how a user will see the video content in the app. This data will later be edited or deleted.

    After designing the interface, a designer has to think about the way a user will switch pages and other user related experience. There are custom tools, such as, to create workflows and user journeys inside the app.

    3. Structure your back-end data

    This means choosing a platform where you’ll host the back end (Amazon AWS, for instance), building the database and the middleware. While editing the back-end, bear in mind that it should be scalable. Also, make sure to choose a secure place to store git repositories.

    4. Testing the back-end

    After writing the back-end code, it’s crucial to know if it’s performing well before you connect this code to the app’s front-end. Normally, developers use app performance tools for back-end testing. Here are a few you can choose from:

    • ApacheJMeter
    • AppLoader

    5. Connecting the back-end code to UI

    The next step in mobile app development is connecting the front-end to the the back-end. There are numbers of ways to do it, and it will depend a lot on your Tech Stack. For example, if your back-end will be made with Ruby on Rails or Node.js, and hosted on Amazon AWS, mobile developers would use REST API or GraphQL to synchronize all the data. If you are using serverless architecture and Firebase – you might use Firebase’s SDK to access the data you need.

    6. Test and debug possible errors

    Before you release the app, it’s better to know that it works as good as the original Vine did. That means a ton of testing and debugging. To start with testing, you have to know what kind of app you’re testing (native, web-based, or hybrid). There are several ways to go about the testing mechanism – you can use Emulators, physical device testing, network configuration, or automated testing.

    7. Release the app

    The next step in creating a “Vine clone” is releasing it so that it’s available for downloads. Best case scenario would be releasing both Android and iOS version simultaneously. Before the release, it helps to go through a short beta-testing process. You can invite a limited group of users who can evaluate your Vine clone app. They can share their experiences, pain points if any, good point if any and give you some honest feedback. You can then make changes or improvements prior to release.

    Did you know that Spotify Music made it to the top 10 App Store Apps? Find out also how to make a music app.

    8. Marketing

    Now that you know how to build a video sharing app, concentrate all of your efforts to spread the word about it. This means running social media ad campaigns, using Google adwords, and create email campaigns. You can also visit networking events, write blog posts to generate attention for your app, etc. You’ll see your marketing efforts pay off eventually – still, it’s a long-term process so be patient.

    9. Maintenance

    When your app is up and running, pat yourself on the back, but the work is not over. You will eventually face new challenges (a need to scale, fix of the tech issues, etc). It’s important for a business owner to have his team of developers close by, ready to jump in and fix the errors before any user notices.

    Top video sharing apps like Vine

    If you’re taking inspiration from Vine itself, it would not hurt to check out how some of the successful Vine clones work. We searched the web to find Vine clones that deserve to be covered. So take your notes since these could be useful if you want to create an app like Vine.

    1. Periscope

    A famous Vine clone,video-sharing and streaming app that is available for both Android and iOS. When it comes to the interface, Vine and Periscope are similar. However, the latter is unique in its own way as it allows you to share videos via a smartphone in real-time.

    An issue with Periscope is that it interacts only with Twitter, which should not come as a surprise since they own Periscope. It was a roadblock for those who didn’t have a huge Twitter following and would much rather share videos on Facebook or Instagram.

    2. Coub

    Coub is a Russian app that allows its users to share short looped videos via smartphones. Basically, it is “the answer to GIFs” because it’s just as short, on-point, and hilarious. However, what makes Coub unique is that, unlike GIFs, its videos can be embedded with high quality sound.

    3. Vigo Video

    This platform is another lucky shot at creating a Vine-like video sharing app. Vigo Video positions itself as a video social network for sharing funny daily moments. The app has a tagline “Create, Share, Be rewarded”.

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    Note that the app offers its users a reward – basically, a monetization model. An app has a domestic currency, rewarding its users with “flames” for interesting videos. These flames can then be converted into cash and exported via PayPal.

    4. Oevo

    Catchy colorful interface, funny content, and a reward system – these are all the signature moves of Oevo, another video sharing app attempting to pick up where Vine had once left off.

    Oevo allows its users to record 7-second videos of themselves. There’s a daily competition where creators can compete with each other. The best videos win a $100-check.

    5. Dubsmash

    Dubsmash took the idea brought by Vine (creating short, funny videos) and narrowed it down to singing and dancing. The app allows its users to shoot the videos of themselves while they lip-sync, dance and share these clips on Youtube.

    The app quickly gained traction. People across social media were obsessed with it – even celebrities (Cara Delevingne, the Kardashian sisters, and Kevin Hart) have recorded themselves using Dubsmash.


    The shut-down of Vine was a surprise for everyone – many users were not ready to lose a convenient and creative platform. That’s why a Vine-like video-sharing app will be highly welcome in the modern-day market.

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