Video on Instagram, which was released in the form of an update to the current iOS and Android apps, is being seen as a tough competitor for Twitter’s Vine software. This addition to the hitherto photo-sharing social network was announced at a press event held by its owner Facebook, and it wasn’t a big surprise as a rumor had already given away its existence before. The new Video features have been explained in detail on the service’s official blog. Let’s have a look at them.
Describing Video on Instagram as ‘another way to share your stories,’ its makers have disclosed that a minimum of three and a maximum of fifteen seconds worth of clips will be made possible by it. This is a sharp distinction over Vine which strictly restricts all clips to be 6 seconds in length. Moreover, users will also be able to choose from a selection of thirteen fresh filters to apply to their recordings.
Opening the photo icon on the app will result in a completely new movie camera icon being displayed on the right hand side. Tapping it will take users into the Video on Instagram trait. The iOS version grabs hold of a cinematic stabilization feature for eliminating shakes. No information is available as to when it will be making its way onto the Android edition of the app.
Video on Instagram is just one of the many fresh features that the developers of the social network have been granting it on a regular basis. Released for the first time in 2010, this app was purchased by Facebook in 2012, as part of a deal that apparently reached $1 billion in cash and stock.
The updated Instagram app can be downloaded now through the iOS App Store and the Google Play store for free of course. While it requires iOS 5.0 or later on Apple devices, Android Jelly Bean OS is needed for Android gadgets to be able to create clips. Recordings of others will be viewable on all versions however.