Instagram, the popular photo sharing application which was recently acquired by Facebook, has released a new software update that enables the recording and sharing of 15 second long videos. This is great news for Android users like me because, unlike Twitter’s Vine application, Instagram video is available on Android and not just Apple devices. So when I heard Instagram was adding video I couldn’t pull out my Galaxy S3 fast enough. During the release, the application launch went well for all Apple users but hit a few snags with Android. The new update for Instagram is only available for users with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices or newer. There have been reports of instability and crashes, but most are remedied by restarting the device after the update.
Mostly known for their photo filters, which allow you to adjust the color contrast and apply a hue adjustment to your image, Instagram has included this filter capability for the video option as well. This appeals to most Instagram photographers, and puts Instagram Video one step above Twitter’s Vine. I have had the chance to use Instagram Video a few times since its release and I really enjoy the splicing feature. When you record a video you can pause the recording and then start again. Instagram Video then automatically splices the video clips together into one cohesive video. So far Instagram Video has been received with open arms, and yet again Facebook has found another way to corner the Social Media market. Today, the White House joined the ever growing Instagram nation and posted their first ever Instagram photo. Happy Videoing!