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Old Aug 7, 2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Instagram Updated with Video Imports, Automatic Straightening




Instagram today announced a significant update that allows users to import video from the camera roll.*Previously, Instagram Video restricted uploads to videos captured within the app, but now users will be able to use the standard iPhone Camera app along with other third party apps to record video that can then be uploaded to the site. The feature will also allow users to upload video taken at any time rather than simply within the moment.

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Starting today you can upload videos from your phone's media library and share those moments to Instagram regardless of when they were captured. Once you select the video clip you'd like to import, you can trim it down to the exact part you like best. We've also made it so that you can choose how you square-crop your clip so you can keep the action front and center.
Instagram's 4.1 update also includes a new automatic straightening tool, which uses an algorithm to automatically straighten photos taken within the app when the Straighten icon is tapped. The tool also includes a slider that allows users to rotate and adjust all photos, including those imported from the photo library.

Instagram for the iPhone is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Update: Instagram version 4.1 is now available for download.

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Old Aug 7, 2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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YES. Absolutely HATED taking video with their app. If I wasn't on wifi with my 4S, then at least half the time it would hang up during the 'processing' stage, and if it did you would lose whatever video you had already taken. Now I can take it with another more reliable app and have it saved BEFORE going into Instagram.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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I needed this feature about three days ago. Glad they added it.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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wonder if apple will add a square video camera mode
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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great updates...

The video upload is A GREAT additional feature for Instagram!

Combine this with being allowed to post 15 seconds worth of video per post, I'm not sure how much longer Vine will be able to stay relevant.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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still haven't got an instagram account

I just don't post enough pictures
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 02:22 PM   #7
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Is it just me or is this update only for those who have an iPhone 5??? I can't see the update on my iPhone 4S
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 02:34 PM   #8
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Is it just me or is this update only for those who have an iPhone 5??? I can't see the update on my iPhone 4S
It's not live yet in the App Store. I have an iPhone 5 and it's not showing up for me either.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 02:37 PM   #9
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Is it just me or is this update only for those who have an iPhone 5??? I can't see the update on my iPhone 4S
The update on my iphone 5 hasn't come through yet.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 05:34 PM   #10
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It's live now, guys!
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 06:37 PM   #11
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Import setting

Love this update - does anyone have tips on settings to use for importing video?

So for example, I create a clip on my Mac, what export settings should I be using to load it into Instagram? I've tried MP4/MOV/h.264 all with low file sizes and the app crashes each time I select it. It plays fine in the Camera role but Instagram can't deal with it.

Thanks!
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Old Aug 8, 2013, 01:38 AM   #12
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Am I the only one who doesn't quite like this video feature at all? I'd love to have an option to disable videos from my news altogether.
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Old Aug 8, 2013, 01:39 AM   #13
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Cool

Finally, it's "for real".

Up until today, you could upload pre-recorded video to Instagram, but you had to do a special "hack" exploiting a loophole in the way Instagram handled video files.

Now, you can use any video on your camera roll. Of course, the trick is, getting it on your camera roll.

Richtervet, you'll find my blog post helpful on your dilemma.

http://www.dan-vidal.com/blog/2013/0...s-dot-dot-dot/

The TLR version is -

- Produce your video however you normally do.

- Import it into After Effects and place it on a 640 x 640 composition.

- Do whatever you want to it in AE.

- Render with the following -

MOV file format
H.264 codec
3,500 kbps video bitrate
AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono

Then get it to your camera roll, which I detail one method in my blog post.

Here's some samples:

http://instagram.com/p/cu-CncAgGW/

http://instagram.com/p/cu4qowggM9/


Hope this helps...
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Old Aug 8, 2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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Thanks podblack

Thanks for that podblack

I think the problem I had was that being a Brit, I work at 25fps and perhaps iOS prefers your 29.96fps instead! I made this work this morning - http://instagram.com/p/cvx6iMM4Sr/

I use Photo transfer app - http://www.phototransferapp.com - to send the files across over WiFi straight into the camera roll.
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Trying to do the same. No After Effects here. Any other ways to do this? I've tried using Handbrake to no avail.
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Figured out another workaround that doesn't require After Effects. It's not as elegant as podblack's - because you can't scale video so it shows in full widescreen like you can in After Effects - but it does work easily. You'll need iMovie for iOS to make this happen. (A lot cheaper than After Effects, thats for sure!)

1. Get your video on your iOS device's Camera Roll.
2. Open iMovie on your iOS device and start a new project.
3. Import the video from your Camera Roll.
4. Do whatever you want to the video - edit, trim, etc. Just make sure that it is less than 15 sec long.
5. Export the video back to your Camera Roll.
6. In Instagram, choose it from your Camera Roll. There you go!

Hope this helps!
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Old Aug 9, 2013, 04:13 PM   #17
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thank god they added video imports, it was a much needed feature
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