HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram has rolled out update version 4.1, allowing users to upload video from their phone's media library to their feed instead of having to record through the app.
Once the video is uploaded, providing it's shorter than 15 seconds, users can choose to record more video after the pre-recorded footage.
The great thing about the update, which might not so good news for Vine, is that users can add two or more shorter pre-recorded videos into one Instagram post until the 15-second limit is reached.
This gives a way for those Vine users who fancy transferring their social video skills to Instagram to upload two of their saved six-second Vine video files from their camera roll into one Instagram post, giving them a reason to leave the Twitter app for good.
Once you select the video clip you'd like to import, you can also edit it to the part you like best, meaning that older Vine videos can be trimmed before they are uploaded to Instagram.
"We've also made it so that you can choose how you square-crop your clip so you can keep the action front and centre," Instagram wrote in a blog post.
Those who aren't Vine users wanting to convert to Instagram can now spend time in the app editing together old video clips into one post. However, it does pave the way for the posting of many more nonsense posts, such as ads, spam and pornography.
As well as the video feature, the social app update brings Automatic Straightening for iOS devices. If you take a photo with the in-app camera, you can now tap the new Straighten icon and your photo of your lunch or your cat will correct to be level.
"There are few things more distracting than a crooked horizon in a photo," Instagram explained. "We're happy to announce that we've developed a brand new technology that brings you straight photos instantly."
The straightening tool also includes a slider so you can rotate and adjust any photo to be even more tilted if you wish, including ones imported from your photo library.
Version 4.1 of the app also delivers Instagram video for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users due to popular demand.
In related news, the founders of Youtube today announced the launch of a new iOS video app in an attempt to rival both Instagram and Vine.
Dubbed Mixbit, the app lets you record, edit and publish videos as short as one second or as long as an hour from smartphones and tablets. Similar to Instagram, you'll only be able to shoot 16-second shots at a time, but users will be able to stitch these together to make more complex edited footage to post via the app. µ
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