Instagram Video Has Arrived, Complete With Image Stabilization and New Filters


Earlier this week, we reported on rumors that Facebook was planning to unveil Vine-like video for Instagram on June 20th. Well, if you take a quick look at your calendars, you’ll see that the fateful day has arrived, and the expected announcement along with it: Instagram video is now a reality.

The press event took place this morning, and after a quick intro from Mark Zuckerberg himself, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom took the stage to make the announcement. The short version is that Instagram video is live in version 4.0 of the app today, boasting 15 second video, seamless integration into your photo feed and impressive image stabilization capabilities.

Here’s a short intro from the company itself:

Using the video functionality on the app will be a cinch. Once you’ve updated to the latest version, you’ll see a new video icon to the right of the picture icon in the camera screen. Clicking on that will bring up the video interface, at which point you’ll be able to press and hold, recording videos up to 15 seconds long in as many pieces as you’d like — basically Vine plus 9 seconds.

That’s where the similarities end. Unlike Vine, Instagram has added a set of 13 brand new filters so that Instagram lovers can adorn their videos with the same sorts of effects they’ve had on the image side. Once published, videos will integrate seamlessly into the photo stream, playing only one time once you click on them instead of looping endlessly ala Vine.

You’ll also be able to edit the video and sift through the frames to pick your very own cover image — no need to worry about the app picking an awkward “eyes closed” shot to display.


Up till now, all of the features discussed have applied to both iOS and Android. This last piece news is, for now, iOS only. In partnership with some “imaging scientists,” Instagram has also integrated an image stabilization system that will seek to keep the shake out of your final product. The feature is only available on iPhone 4S and 5, but promises to make a significant difference in quality.

To learn more about the release head over to Instagram’s blog. Or, if you prefer, just give the app a download (or update) and take some videos for yourself.

  • Mike

    Could it possibly have an anti-inappropriate-vertical-framing feature?

  • aeoui

    instragram videos are square, so you’re only worry would be a diamond shaped frame

  • MeloCreative

    Square video is a non-starter for me.

  • Adam Cross

    already made use of it, happy to have not made a Vine account

  • brob

    15 secs is too long, and I don’t remember asking for the Facebook goons to fill up my IG feed with videos. No thanks.

  • Ygor Oliveira

    Can we upload external videos?

  • AnalogMachine

    Yeaaahhh!! More Feet on the Beach……but in motion!! -.-

  • yay..

    FFS… now hipsters are going to think there directors and film makers because they can add a filter to a 15second clip…

  • Bill Jameson

    It’s unfortunate that this only works with Android 4.1 and higher. That leaves out about 67% of Android users or about 500 million users.

  • Mantis

    I tried to figure that out, and so far, no.
    Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Mantis

    Instagram is far to popular to be just a hipster thing.

  • just saying..

    Very true indeed, but im talking about the ones that make videos of them selves using instagram, put it on youtube to show how “creative” they are whilst sat in starbucks drinking water typing a script on typewriter to later re write it on a computer…