A New Way to Share Stories: Videos on Instagram
Article by George Norman
On 21 Jun 2013
UPDATE July 11 - Instagram also added the option to embed videos and photos into blogs and articles. Read more about it here.

Because a static image isn’t always enough, Instagram introduced a new way to share stories with others – via video.


Instagram had some exciting news to share with its community of more than 130 million users: the introduction of video for Instagram. You see, until now you could use Instagram to share images – static images. But because these are not always enough when it comes to sharing stories with others, Instagram added support for videos.

Get the latest Instagram version and you’ll notice a new movie camera icon when you go to take a photo. Tap the aforementioned icon; you will switch to video mode, and you will be able to record up to 15 seconds of video. The app’s world-class image stabilization will ensure you make beautiful videos even when on the go. And speaking about beauty, there 13 video filters that you can use to make your videos look a little bit better.

“We’re excited to see what the community will bring to video, whether it’s your local cafe showing you just how they made your latte art this morning or an Instagrammer on the other side of the world taking you on a tour of their city, a mother sharing her joys in parenting as her children laugh and play or your favorite athlete taking you behind the scenes. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create,” said Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom.

To enjoy video on Instagram you must get the latest version – that would be v. 4.0 for iOS and Android.

Go get Instagram for iOS from Apple’s App Store.

And Instagram for Android from Google’s Play Store.

The iOS app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Video playback works on all Android versions. But the video recording function needs Jellybean 4.1 or newer.

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