How to Back Up Your Vine Videos (By Converting Them to GIFs)
With Twitter announcing the impending death of Vine, users are probably scrambling to save their content elsewhere. Twitter says that the website will be kept online, but if you’re feeling the burn of the Vine shutdown, you’re probably going to want to backup your videos. While you can download them directly to your computer on the Vine website, you could opt to keep them online by importing them to Giphy.
The simple process is outlined in a Giphy blog post. If you don’t already have a free Giphy account, you’ll have to sign up for one. Once you’ve done that, head over to this page, paste your Vine profile URL and you can import your entire Vine library, or specific videos.
There are several caveats to keep in mind. First, since Giphy is a GIF service, your Vines will be converted to GIFs without sound. The audio will be saved separately, but you can’t play them back together online.
Another major drawback is that you could potentially import the Vine content of another user since there’s no account verification process. Giphy does appear to be curbing attempts to import other people’s Vine videos by limiting imports to one Vine account per Giphy account. (If you own more than one Vine account and want to merge all that content on Giphy, you’re going to have to reach out to them directly.)
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