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This article was published on August 20, 2014


Vine gets advanced editing tools and now lets you import existing videos, just like Instagram

Vine gets advanced editing tools and now lets you import existing videos, just like Instagram
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Vine is giving its popular six-second video-sharing app a huge update: A refined camera experience, better editing tools and the ability for users to import existing videos from their camera roll.

The option to bring in videos previously shot with a smartphone, or any other device for that matter, has been a huge differentiator for Instagram. For brands in particular, it’s much easier to shoot a video with a professional camera, apply edits with professional software and then add to a smartphone’s camera roll for the final upload. Now, that same workflow is possible in Vine.

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“From the capture screen, you’ll see a new option in the bottom left corner that lets you import a video,” the team said in a blog post. “You can select one video or mix together several — and yes, slow-motion videos are supported.”

Video editing is also getting a big revamp. The preview screen will now feature a scissors icon for editing the final Vine; this will include new tools and capabilities, such as duplicating and muting clips.

From the camera interface, it’s also possible to quickly watch the last shot before deleting it – this should make reshooting clips and nailing the perfect transition far easier for new and pro Viners alike.

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Long-time Vine users should appreciate the greatly improved capture tools too. A wrench icon visible on the camera screen hides a bunch of advanced features: a grid with a new level, a “ghost” mode for referencing previous shots, and a focus lock which, for the first time, also supports the front-facing camera. There’s even a “torch” option for shooting at night and low-light conditions.

The new features should arrive in the iOS app momentarily. Vine says Android users should “stay tuned” for a similar update in the Google Play store.

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