Instagram announced Thursday that its app would be upgraded to allow 15-second videos to be posted to users’ accounts. One of the first questions many asked in social media as a result of the announcement was how Instagram Video would compare to Vine, the current king of short-form video social media outlets.
Following the announcement, TechCrunch did a full breakdown of the differences between the two apps, but here are the main differences you’ll need to know the next time you feel like firing up an app to grab a quick video:
The Actual Video:
With Vine, videos can be filmed at lengths of approximately six seconds, and users do not have access to any types of filters (which are a hallmark of Instagram.)
Instagram Video will allow videos of up to 15 seconds, and will also have filter capabilities. Both services will allow users to use either the front- or rear-facing cameras on their devices, and neither, as of yet, allows videos that already exist on the phone to be imported for posting. The one big feature Instagram Video has over Vine is image stabilization, which can be used to help make videos a little less shaky.
The Viewing Experience:
Both Instagram Video and Vine will autoplay videos with both motion and sound. Both services also allow geotagging of videos. Where the differences come into play are as follows: Instagram will allow users to place a cover frame over their videos. Two features that Vine has that are not part of Instagram are video looping, and embeddable videos. Although Instagram videos will not be embeddable, the social networks it can share to expands beyond Vine’s capabilities, which are limited to Twitter and Facebook. Instagram videos can be shared to Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, and through email, in addition to Twitter and Facebook.