Instagram rumored to be gaining ability to capture short videos

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 17, 2013

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Vine launched on iOS back in January, followed by an Android release earlier this month, giving users an easy way to shoot six-second videos and then share those clips with friends. Now it appears that fans of quick video hits may soon have another way to express themselves.

A source speaking to TechCrunch claims that Instagram will soon add support for capturing and sharing short videos. Facebook, which owns Instagram, will reportedly announce the news at an event on June 20. Details on how the video side of Instagram would work are still light, but a report that surfaced a few weeks ago claimed that Instagram was testing the ability to upload videos that measure between 5 and 10 seconds in length.

Vine has become widely adopted among iOS and Android users, sitting at the No. 4 and 5 spots on each platform's "Top Free" app charts. This suggests that people are indeed interested in sharing the short videos, which give users new ways to express themselves that aren't possible with photos, but also forces them to be creative with the short amount of time that they're given.

While Vine has become a firm part of the iOS and Android ecosystems, Instagram is popular as well, claiming the No. 15 spot on the iOS App Store's "Top Free" chart and the No. 4 position on Google Play's free app standings. If Instagram were to gain video sharing capabilities, some folks could decide to ditch Vine and use Instagram full-time as their one-stop app for capturing and viewing both photos and video rather than having to hop between separate apps. What do you think of the short videos produced on Vine? Would you try video capture on Instagram if today's rumor holds true?

Via TechCrunch