On January 24th Twitter launched Vine, the company’s 6-second video feature. Facebook today answered by adding Video on Instagram.
Unlike Vine, Video for Instagram captures more than twice as much video; 15-seconds to be exact. If you’re sick of reading this, the app update is now available for both Android and iOS. However, I just checked my Nexus 4 and so no such update is available for download.
Nevertheless, to access Instagram’s video feature you just need tap the video icon that sits to the right of the camera icon. Once you’re done recording a video, you’ll be able to pic a frame (or scene) as your cover image and choose from one of thirteen video specific filters. Unfortunately, only iPhone 4s and 5 users will have access to Instagram’s Cinema feature, which lets you stabilize your video after you take it. This feature will be turned on by default. To turn it off just tap the icon.
I’m an Instagram user (gadgetreview) and while I haven’t been able to download the updated version of the Instagram app, I without a shred of doubt will use this new feature where a picture just doesn’t capture the essence of a scene.