Instagram added video to their image sharing website about a month or so ago, adding to the Vine competition that is out there. However, many felt that this made the social network lagged behind Vine in appeal. However, now Instagram (iOS) is offering one thing that Vine couldn’t, video importation support.
Now, users can continue to record video by clicking the video icon on the right bottom side of the capture screen. If you want to import a video, simply click on the Camera Roll icon the same way you would if you wanted to upload a photo. From there, you are able to play the video to see if this is the correct one to upload. Once you’ve confirmed that, by clicking “next” in the upper right, you are able to trim the video and prep it for uploading.
Despite some mentioning that Vine’s (iOS, Android) lack of offering such a feature could be a step-up for Instagram, others are singing a different tune. Many feel that this addition will spark up professionals recording on DSLRs and companies trying to push their product, rather than a convenience for the average user. Plus, the iPad’s camera connector will make this much easier for companies and professionals to do.
Regardless, not all of the Instagram 4.1 update is under scrutiny. The latest update also brings video to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones (Instagram for Android). Also, iOS users are given the feature of automatic straightening, with the improved ability to change the orientation to more specific degree turns.
Let us know in the comments below of what you feel will become of the ability to import videos into Instagram. Will business brands take over Instagram and show up in our news feed? Let us know your predictions in the comments.