JUMP-CUT SIX SECOND VIDEO OUTFIT Vine has finally enabled users to import video from their camera, in a big overhaul to its iOS app.
The update means that iPhone users no longer have to capture their videos in the Vine app. They can capture them using their native smartphone camera app and take their time to choose which bits to upload to Vine at a later date, no matter how many are needed or how they were shot.
"From the capture screen, you'll see a new option in the bottom left corner that lets you import a video. You can select one video or mix together several - and yes, slow-motion videos are supported," wrote the firm in a blog post.
"Whether you've imported a past video or shot a new one within the Vine app, you can edit your Vines faster and with more precision. Simply tap the scissors from the preview screen to edit your Vine and try out new tools such as the duplicate button and mute button."
There's also a new preview tool and an undo button, which - with one tap - you can preview your latest clip from the capture screen, and if you don't want to use it, you just tap the same button again to undo it.
The social video service has also added a second layer of camera tools to the app. If you tap the wrench icon from the capture screen, this will let you access camera tools including "grid" as well as a new level called "focus lock", which now works with the front-facing camera in addition to the rear-facing camera, and "ghost mode", which shows you the last frame of your previous shot, as well as a new "torch" feature so you can shoot in low-light settings.
While the new feature rollout is available thus far only on iOS devices, Vine said the same update is coming soon to Android.
It's taken Vine, which is owned by Twitter, over 18 months since launch in January 2013 to integrate this much-requested feature, and more than a year after Instagram. But while Instagram launched its similar video function later than the Vine launch, it has allowed users to upload pre-recorded videos from the start.
Vine's announcement today is good news for dedicated users, but its unlikely that the major app update will be enough to tempt Instagram users away from its much longer 15-second jump-cut video sharing service. µ