Instagram has launched a new app called Boomerang that lets you share your life with extremely short looping animations. The app shoots 5 still photos in just 1 second, and then turns those frames into a moving picture that plays forward, and then backward, looping forever.
The app could be seen as a new competitor to Apple’s Live Photos feature in iOS, which helps create short moving picture snippets of your life’s moments. Here’s a short video introduction to Boomerang:
There’s no login required for the app, and using it is extremely simple and straightforward. Tap a shutter button to shoot a Boomerang sequence with either the front or back camera. The app then shows you the resulting animation in 1 second, meaning things are played back at 2x speed. From there, you can share the creation through Instagram, Facebook, or other services.
You’ll also have the sequence saved as a 4 second video that loops the shots back and forth a number of times so you can watch and share it outside of Boomerang.