Instagram announces video and cinema features

Instagram banner

Today’s Facebook event was not the most ground-breaking (even though they did mention “it changes everything”), but it will offer some cool features to Instagram fans. As rumored, Facebook announced video clip support for Instagram, along with an video-stabilization featured called “Cinema”.

What is Instagram’s video like?


The new features work much like Twitter’s Vine, but Instagram has added a few improvements of its own. For starters, Instagram won’t only allow 6 seconds of video. Instead, you can record up to 15 seconds of video.

The process of recording video is very similar to Vine. One presses the record button to record and it can be done in segments. After recording, it is very simple to delete parts of the 15-second clip, though, a feature not found in Twitter’s option. To watch them all you need to do is scroll and release your finger – it will start playing on its own.

Instagram video filters

Instagram wouldn’t be the same without those hip filters and these are not lacking in the video department. Video for Instagram offers 13 filters, if you are into those.

Instagram’s Cinema

One of the coolest features announced today is in the technology behind the camera app. Instagram is offering Cinema, an image stabilization software that makes your videos steady and smooth. There was no demo, but the videos they displayed gave the software a lot of credit. We are hoping it will live up to expectations, but it’s hard to believe. Those videos really went from crazy shaky to completely smooth clips.



The upgrades look pretty cool and should give Instagram that extra something it needed in order to change the routine. They seem to have done a good job at making the update as “simple, beautiful and community oriented” as they tout it to be. We will be giving it a roll and a more in depth hands-on video is coming!

Meanwhile, you can stay tuned to the Google Play Store and download the update as soon as it becomes available. Don’t forget us know how you are liking the improvements!


Continue reading:

  • izzyt

    i dont know why but my galaxy tab 2 7 doesnt have the update…i think its jelly bean!!! someone help!!1

    • bluegreen343

      My Droid DNA and Nexus 7 both have jelly bean and are running the new update.

  • Rami Abdelmajid

    Why would they say it’s now avaliable in Google play when it’s not there yet. Iphone already received the update.

  • Narin S

    Cinema feature is only available on iOS at the moment =(

  • blest

    Love how they made it seem like it was available

  • Chris Chavez

    Jelly Bean 4.1 and up ONLY. Sorry, everyone else :/

    • blest

      I have 4.2.2 not seeing the update

      • Timbo1

        I have it. Nexus 4.

        • Anthony McKay

          I haz Nexus 4 as well.. no update yet for meh (Used link above, nothing) I’m gonna be so outta style by the time I get this update! gawwwwwwd!

          • Timbo1

            really?! thats odd. I got it no problem didnt have to clear any cache or nonsense like that.

  • bluegreen343

    my videos won’t upload from my droid DNA:(

  • Fodografes

    is there a way to force the update? checked the play store, it says the app was last updated today, but i have no update button. Uninstalled, and reinstalled, but it was the old version without video. Even tried clearing data for play store to no avail….

  • Rami Abdelmajid

    Here it is guys, props to whoever uploaded it. Got it from xda

  • Jesus Alvarez

    It’s broken on the htc one >_<

    Pre-update everything worked ok
    Post-update I just get a message on my home screen saying "No recent photos"

  • toomuchgame441

    Can’t wait to see some 15sec twerk videos on my stream

  • Jason Crumbley

    Shows the app was updated today, but I’m not given the option to update my Note 2.
    I’ve tried uninstalling and installing again, and it made no difference. If they get this right, it will crush Vine on Android, since Vine hasn’t worked since it was launched.

  • Michael Parks

    Hurry up

    • Michael Parks

      Just updated with the link from above. all is good on my HTC One

  • xploPR

    yo lo tengo en mi nexus cuatro