Facebook announces videos for Instagram

Instagram has become a community where one can capture and share the moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram. Today, Facebook had announced Video on Instagram to bring  another way to share stories, thus positioning it as a competitor for Twitter’s Vine.

Now whenever the user will go to take a photo on Instagram, will also have a movie camera icon alongside for capturing video clippings.

One can tap it to enter video mode, and record 3-15 seconds long videos which is only 6 seconds for Vine. Unlike Vine videos, Instagram videos play just once right inside the Instagram feed and do not loop.

Instagram users can capture collages of video, taking a few seconds of footage at a time before moving on to a different angle or shot. Instagram also includes simple editing tools, allowing users to remove unwanted clips.

It has added thirteen filters built specifically for video. Users will be able to select  favorite scene from the video to make a cover image, while posting a video. It has also maintained privacy settings, means people can select with whom they want to share their video with.

Videos that are taken on the go, turn up a little shaky. For iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, Instagram built a Cinema feature that stabilize video after they are recorded.

For now app can only be used on iPhone & Android, users with other devices can view the videos uploaded by others and videos created on other apps cannot be uploaded on Instagram.

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Facebook had acquired Instagram last year in April,  as per Instagram, there are 16 billion photos have been shared on the service to date, accumulating 1 billion likes each day and is used by 130 million people a month.

Instagram for iOS version 4.0 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store and Instagram for Android version 4.0 is now available on Google Play.