Vine users around the world can now spend even more time getting their seconds-long videos to look even better, thanks to newly released updates in the form of a new camera and editing tools.
When Vine says users can now utilize a new camera, they don’t necessarily mean one that looks radically different. In fact, the company means that the new, updated camera allows for more ways to interact with your videos. One new feature adds a new source for Vines: videos already saved to your phone. That’s right. Think you have a funny video from, say, a friend’s birthday party that has a perfect moment? Export it to the Vine app and turn it into a Vine video.
As explained in the announcement post, the new import feature is found on the bottom left of the capture screen, and from there, you can bring in one or several videos at a time. And for you fans of slow-motion, those videos are supported too.
Vine claims the videos are now easier than ever to make and get just right, and they’ve added several new editing tools to prove their point. In addition to the duplicate button and mute button, previewing of the last clip you made is also possible, as well as an undo button. You know, just in case something doesn’t work out to your liking.
Additional tools also include grid; the focus lock, which gets support for both the front and rear-facing cameras; ghost mode, a tool that shows users the last frame from the last thing you shot and, finally, a torch setting that makes it easier to film in areas that don’t offer much light.
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“When we introduced Vine, we wanted to make it easier for people to create, share and discover short, looping videos,” explained the company in the announcement. “Today, people enjoy Vines not only within our mobile apps, but also on vine.co, across the web through embedded Vines, and on services like Twitter and Facebook.”
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According to previously tracked data, millions of people are watching Vine videos, regardless of where they are on the Internet. And they’re sticking around to watch videos over and over, topping over a billion loops per day. It doesn’t look like the Vine trend is going to go away anytime soon.
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The new Vine camera is available today for iOS devices and while the app is optimized for the iPhone 5, any iOS device that can easily run iOS 6 should be able to handle it. Android owners will have to wait a bit for their own release, though Vine didn’t detail when it would release.