How to download Vines (yours or someone else’s) via a desktop computer

The short video service, Vine, is going to be switched off – though old videos will apparently still be accessible (though after some point it may be impossible to add any new ones). This helpful article from heavy.com has lots of information and suggestions on how to download your Vines to a computer or to an iPhone etc. This post is just about doing it on a desktop computer.

tl;dr version
1. Find the URL of the vine you want to download
2. Stick it on the text box on this website – http://www.vinedownloader.com/
3. Save the video by right-click, save as on the Download button

Here’s how I did it, with screenshots.

My vines can be found here https://vine.co/u/1110588297073610752, here’s a selection

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To download one you need to put its URL / address into the Vine Downloader website (the article linked above has some other websites that do this as well). Make sure you use the right address for the vine – you need to pay attention to what’s appearing in the address bar as it might not be the right address. If, on my vine page, you click on any of those vines then the list view will appear and the vine in the active bit of the window will play, but the address doesn’t reflect the ‘real’ address of the vine – you’ll just see this for all of them
https://vine.co/u/1110588297073610752?mode=list

To get the download URL you need to click the vine’s timestamp (or right-click, save as to copy the address) and then the vine will open in its own window and you can copy its address.

https://vine.co/v/edX0AvrHEOM « a valid address for one vine video

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Put that URL into the Downloader and click download.

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…then right-click, save as to start the download and choose where you want to save it.

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You’ll now have a copy of the video in your downloads to keep and you can also upload it elsewhere. I’ve saved a copy of this example vine on another blog, it’s on this page). Note that it won’t loop.

I don’t know of a way to do this in bulk though. Fortunately I don’t have very many vines!

 

 

 

Downloading your old Twitter faves, setting up IFTTT to capture new ones

Table of Contents

  1. Capturing old favourites
  2. Capturing new favourites ‘going forwards’
  3. Useful background info

1. Capturing old favourites
To download your already-liked favourites do the following

  1. Log into Twitter
  2. Go to tweetbook.in and authorise it to access your account
  3. Select a time range, choose Favorites and create your PDF e-book of your favourited tweets

If you have as many favourites as I have (3,502 over 7 years, oops) you probably won’t be able to get them all in one go (2012 alone yielded a 134 page PDF!) but you have the option of trying to grab them all at once.

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Fig 1. Authorise Tweetbook.in with Twitter

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Fig 2. Pick a date range… or leave blank to pick all (it may fail if you have lots)

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Fig 3. Once your tweetbook is ready the green ‘Download’ button will appear

The output
Each page of the PDF has only a handful of tweets on it (it’s not very efficient) but the timestamp is hyperlinked so you can search for a tweet (Ctrl+F or Command+F to search within any document) and then find the original on Twitter.

Caution: I don’t know if it will display only public tweets that you’ve followed or, because you’ve logged in, if it can pick up any tweets from locked (private) accounts that you follow. Be aware that if you publishly share the contents you might be sharing tweets that people want kept private.

2. Capturing new favourites ‘going forwards’
You can use an IFTTT recipe so that every time you click favourite / like on a tweet it will be saved in some way of your choosing – for example you might use a Google spreadsheet to capture the tweet, or email it to yourself.

To do this… do this

  1. Log in to Twitter and Google Drive / Gmail*
  2. Visit IFTTT and create an account.
  3. This is an example of a recipe you can use:
    Twitter Likes (Favorites) to Google Spreadsheet (other recipe options available*)
  4. You’ll be taken through the steps of connecting your Google Drive as one ‘channel’ and your Twitter  account as another channel – this allows your Twitter account to save your favourites to a Google Drive spreadsheet directly (you don’t need to set that up, it happens automatically).
  5. Favourite a tweet then go and visit your Google Drive and you’ll find a new spreadsheet created with your favourite in. After 1,000 tweets the system will create a fresh spreadsheet (same name with ‘1’ appended, and so on).

*or Evernote, or some other capturing system, examples here and here

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3. Useful background info
Favouriting a tweet does not trap it permanently – if the original is deleted then you do not have a copy of it so ‘post-favouriting-processing’ would be necessary to capture it.

Other ways to capture a tweet include

  • taking a screenshot (it can be helpful to include its address / URL)
  • embedding it in a blog or Storify (in both cases subsequent deletion of the original won’t matter as your copy will remain)
  • use Freezepage to capture a copy of the ‘page’ on which the tweet appears (you need to use the tweet’s own address – you can find this in its timestamp – and remove the S from the httpS bit of the address

I’ve written a short post on ‘forensic’ use of Twitter (where you’re collecting someone’s tweets for legal reasons) but note that I’m not a lawyer so bear that in mind.

Further reading
Capturing web pages (remember a tweet IS a web page as it has its own address!) – Nightingale Collaboration