VideoTweet review: Sharing Mac videos on Twitter just got a whole lot easier
By J.R. Bookwalter
At a Glance
Super-easy way to tweet trimmed segment from any QuickTime video
Final Cut Pro X and OS X sharing extension support
Works with multiple Twitter accounts
Videos currently limited to 30 seconds (Twitter limitation)
Trim handles lack precision with videos longer than 15 minutes
Rendering inconsistencies with older 4:3 videos
No audible feedback when tweet is sent
VideoTweet takes the drudgery out of sharing QuickTime videos on Twitter from an easy-to-use app, Final Cut Pro X, or your favorite OS X sharing extension-friendly software.
Twitter is great for sharing short bursts of information with followers, but the official Mac app is restrictive when it comes to videos—files must be progressive, no larger than 15MB in size, and on it goes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just open a video, select the best part, and tweet without having to worry about all those specifications?
On the count of four
That’s exactly what VideoTweet does. This free app for OS X Yosemite and later allows Twitter users to open any QuickTime compatible video, use trim handles to quickly select the segment you want to share, compose the accompanying text, then send your message to the world. Tweets automatically include a #VideoTweet hashtag and product link, but this can be permanently removed by purchasing a €3 (approximately $3.33) license.
Aside from Twitter’s usual 160-character limitation (116 including video link), videos must be between 0.5 and 30 seconds. (The developer is hard at work on an update that increases the duration to Twitter’s new limit of 140 seconds.) VideoTweet warns you when the selection is too long, in which case only the first 30 seconds will be uploaded.
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After authenticating via web browser with an existing Twitter account, there are no settings to fiddle with. Multiple accounts are supported (click the avatar to switch between them), and VideoTweet handles all compression and formatting to the social network’s exacting specifications. The app installs an OS X sharing extension and Final Cut Pro X destination, making it easy to share directly from your favorite software.
I did find it somewhat cumbersome to trim videos over 15 minutes long; there’s no way to mark in and out points, zoom into a selected area for greater precision, or slide the trimmed region to another part of the same video. VideoTweet also shifted the framing of older content shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving a bit of excess black along the right edge, but worked great with modern 16:9 digital video.
VideoTweet is a slick, hassle-free way to share videos on Twitter in a few clicks of the mouse.
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