Instagram Video

The Interwebs are buzzing after Instagram launched it’s ability to shoot and edit videos. We believe this is the nail in the coffin for Vine, Twitter’s video editing/shooting tool. Not only is Instagram Video very easy to use, but it also boasts these huge benefits over Vine. Vine on the other hand was quick to release a teaser of some of it’s next new features.

These new Vine additions include: Viewers can catch glimpses of full-screen videos, private messaging between users and possible curated categories (e.g. cats, science and technology). There also appears to be the ability to save drafts and create multiple Vine posts at one time. Check them all out, below.


1. Edit your Clips

Instagram Video - Edit your Clips

Instagram Video – Edit your Clips

Unlike Vine, Instagram allows users to delete unsatisfying past frames. Simply click the delete button marked with an “X” to remove the last frame (or two). Or just start all over, silly.



2. Set a Cover Image

Instagram Video - Choose Cover Image

Instagram Video – Choose Cover Image

It wouldn’t be Instagram without a beautiful photo to entice users. Instagram encourages users to select a “cover frame,” which is basically a splash photo that appears in-feed as a preview to your video. This is one of the smartest decisions Instagram could make — when Instagram users have their choice of cover photo, it ensures they put their best feet forward. Hopefully, that means our scrolling remains beautiful, not fuzzy from poor video capture.



3. Filters

Instagram Video - Filters

Instagram Video – Filters

They perform very similarly to the photo filters, but have all new names, like Moon, Gingham and Dogpatch. Vine keeps it raw. All “editing” must be performed in-video, meaning videographers have to think about lighting and exposure as they’re filming — if they want to achieve a groovy vintage effect.



4. Tap to Focus

Instagram Video - Tap to Focus

Instagram Video – Tap to Focus

When capturing video in Instagram, you can tap within the frame to focus your depth of field, which makes for more professional-looking footage. Tapping in Vine means you’re already filming. You won’t find an option to force-focus on the platform.



5. Video Stabilization

Instagram Video -  Stabilization

Instagram Video – Stabilization

This is pretty amazing!During its announcement, Instagram shared a brand new tool in its video arsenal: Cinema. According to the company, developers worked with “video scientists” to create a custom image stabilization product. It’s meant to smooth shaky footage for a more professional, streamlined result. You can see the difference by selecting and de-selecting the “vibrate” icon during your edit. Vine offers no such technology