Vine, announced in a blog post, is available for both the iPhone and iPod touch as a free download in the App Store, and Twitter says it is working to bring the app to other platforms.
Users need only press and hold a record button to start creating a clip. When the button is released, recording pauses, allowing users to create vignettes with a "smash cut" effect. The app lets users record and upload videos up to six seconds in length. Users can share these videos, browse others' videos, and follow other users. The post announcing the app says it is in keeping with Twitter's aesthetic, wherein "constraint inspires creativity."
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo hinted Wednesday that Vine's standalone app might be launching soon. Twitter acquired the company in October, but its debut as a standalone app was planned before the acquisition. There will be no Twitter branding on the app.