If you have been waiting forVine to come to Android, Cinemagram is your best alternative. Unlike Vine on iOS, the app allows you to take four second videos 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 in the top right with the camera icon.
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 like looping or reversing the scene. You can also adjust the speed of the clip, but it does not seem to work correctly all the time.
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.
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
The only part of Cinemagram that may confuse you is how to get to your profile options. That is found in the header bar. By tapping it, you will see the different pages that are accessible.
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 option for Android
Since Vine is only available on iOS, Cinemagram is the best option for a similar experience on Android. It may only allow for 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 it is only a matter of time before Android users become as creative as Vine users.
Added the ability to delete your creations. Just go to your profile, find the cine you want to delete (you may need to refresh), and click on delete. Fixed a crash related mainly to HTC devices. Fixed crash on some phones when starting the camera. Other bug fixes.