Plenty of apps give you the ability to share short videos on social networks, but Vine, the granddaddy of them all, is still the gold standard. Despite its prominence, the software hasn’t been without its problems, and especially for video fans used to a more flexible editing and sharing experience, the constraints Vine imposes can be a little frustrating to deal with. Luckily, things are improving for the better, and today we catch wind of an update for the Vine iOS app that, among other things, adds the much-needed ability to import external videos.
Shot a clip with your phone’s regular camera app? That used to mean “tough luck” if you wanted to share that clip on Vine, with the app forcing you to record footage directly through itself. With this new release, you can bring existing videos into Vine – you’ll still need to pare them down to fit within the confines of the service’s around-six-second time limit, but at least that door’s now open. It even supports clips created with the iPhone 5S’s slow-mo mode.
Fitting with that new ability, the app also picks up enhanced editing tools, a preview mode integrated into the capture screen, and extra camera settings.
The iOS version of this release hits iTunes today, and Vine tells us to keep on the lookout for a comparable Android version soon.