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Friday, 21 June 2013 10:51

Facebook adds video to Instagram

Written by Nick Farrell

Look out YouTube

Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram. The move follows Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine but also could give YouTube a run for its money.

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said users will be able to record and share 15-second clips by tapping a video icon in the app. They can also apply filters to videos to add contrast, make them black and white or different hues. Vine launched in January and already has 13 million users and lets people create and share 6-second video clips.

Instagram has 100 million users, up from 20 million when Facebook bought the company more than a year ago. If users like it, Facebook's move could propel mobile video sharing into the mainstream. Instagram users who've downloaded the latest version can tap on the same camera icon they use to snap photos. A new video camera icon will appear on the right side. Tap it and a screen with a red video button will let you record clips of sunsets, kids running in parks or co-workers staring at their computer screens.

The app will record as long as your finger is on the red button or for 15 seconds.

Nick Farrell

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