YouTube founders create Chinese clone of Vine

Say hello to a Chinese clone of Vine. Built by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the new six-second video sharing app could turn into a potential Vine killer in the country. 


Called Wan-Pai, the app pretty much allows you to do everything Vine does. You can press-and-shoot videos that will also last for six seconds and share it with friends. Right from the interface, to the editors’ picks and Explore section, the app looks like the perfect clone of Vine. 


Created by Hurley and Chen’s new venture Avos Systems, Wan-Pai does have some unique features to it. Clubbing photo-filters – still the latest rage amongst the youth the world over – with videography, Wan Pai is a little like six-second Instagram if you read Chinese. The user interface, though extremely similar to Vine, has a brighter, more vivid colour scheme to it but is reminiscent of Vine’s never-ending scroll.


Looks like a Vine clone

Looks like a Vine clone



It also keeps in mind the limited data-plan connection that most Chinese users have and does not play looped videos automatically. It waits for you to tap on one to play. Nice touch by Avos. 


The application also lets you add or mute audio to your videos – calling them “Wan-Pais” like you call Vine video “Vines” sounds a bit odd – as well as decide whether your video should play forward or backward. You can have your videos play in a forward and backward loop as well, giving you a lot more option to creatively put the six-second limit to use. Horror videos, anyone?


China’s social networking pattern is far different from the rest of the world. Websites like Sina Weibo, Renren and Tencent Weibo are widely used across mainland China. Vine does not have integration with these websites and Wan-Pai might end up filling the void left behind by Twitter’s video-sharing service. The app was launched back in April but had not picked up pace for the longest time. It might just end up receiving wide-spread publicity, now that international websites have started noticing it.


Wan-Pai is available for Android (this is a link to the apk) as well as iOS

Published Date: Jun 07, 2013 11:15 am | Updated Date: Jun 07, 2013 11:15 am