A little earlier this week we heard a rumor that Facebook might use the event it’s hosting today in order to announce a new feature for Instagram, which would move beyond supporting only still pictures and start allowing users to post short video clips – just like Vine has enabled Twitter users to do. Sure enough, that theory has turned out to be right on the money, and today Facebook revealed the new version of Instagram, now video-enabled.
So, how isn’t this Vine? Well, while Vine’s insistence on brevity limits clips to six seconds, Instagram is more-than-doubling that out to fifteen. We realize both these figures are pretty arbitrary cut-offs, but if you’ve been struggling to keep things down to Vine’s constraints, maybe Instagram will bring you a little more leeway.
And of course, this being Instagram, you’ve got filters: right now, there are thirteen filters designed specifically for use with video.
New versions of the Instagram app are out today for both iOS and Android, so check for updates if you’re itching to get started playing with this new feature.