Not that it was much of a surprise after a couple of reports broke the news in the days leading up to today’s Facebook event, but yes, they announced that Instagram now has video support. Similar to what Twitter did with Vine, you can record short video clips and then share them with the world.
The new video sharing in Instagram differs a bit because you can record longer clips (up to 15 seconds), toss specially made filters on, and even choose cover art to be displayed in your timeline. I think the biggest deal for me, though, is the fact that I don’t have to open a separate app anymore to see short video clips from friends or people I choose to follow. I now have access to all of my Instagram connections within a single app that does both video and photos. Win, win. So far, the new functionality looks great, aside from a crash or two.
In the clip below, you’ll find a quick overview of the new video features, along with some timeline tips so that you aren’t surprised during a quiet dinner with grandma when your friend posts a video at a metal show (with sound).
The new version 4.0 of Instagram can be downloaded here.