Instagram has launched a new feature on thursday 20th june, enabling its users to be able to record 15 seconds of video, putting it in direct competition with Vine which was launched in january. Being both an instagram and vine user it has made it easier for me to switch over to just using instagram (sorry vine).
I’ve taken a quick look at the differences between Instagram’s video and vine’s.
Instagram sticks with its nostalgic element and comes with the cool feature of adding filters to the video after the recording – something i think is nice and enables users to enhance or change the look of their videos. Vine does not offer the use of filters.
Instagram offers the ability to capture 15-second videos. Vine offers only 6-second videos, the limitation of only having a short 6 seconds to record on vine always felt a little too short for myself.
Instagram has a Cinema feature that stabilises videos, which although vine does not have, i do not think this is a deal breaker, i rather like the unstable recordings as it gives the short videos a bit more life.
Instagram allows the user to choose its cover photo by selecting a frame of the clip which appear to other users in their feed. Vine does not have this feature and will simply auto-preset a video’s first seconds as its “cover”.
Vine videos will continuously loop compared to Instagram’s which does not loop, making vines more gif like. Instagrams video simply starts and stops – making the user press play to watch again.
Instagram has a wider share feature, allowing users to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare and also email. Vine will only share to Facebook and Twitter.
Lastly for those who like to use the location feature, instagram allows users to search and browse for both photos and videos based on location using a map, which vine does not support.
I have seen some great vimeos* on both vine and Instagram, and will continue to use both. I do hope that instagram is not suddenly filled with people filming themselves making their dinner and coffee – pre photo snapshot – though.
It will be interesting to see how the video feature is used on instagram and also how vine reacts to this new feature, my twitter feed is already full of #teamvine so i do not doubt it will loose many of its users, it may simply just not gain many more?