Vine's six-second videos just got a whole lot easier to make--for iOS users, anyway. The Twitter-owned company is rolling out an update to let iPhone users create Vines using already-shot footage in their Camera Roll. (The update is coming to Android later, according to a blog post by Vine engineer Richard Plom.)
Until now, you could only shoot Vine footage inside the Vine app, which was fine at first. But when Instagram launched its own video feature six months later, that app leap-frogged Vine's meager feature set with the ability to reshoot individual sections of your video, and add filters. Instagram doubled down by adding the ability to import videos from your Camera Roll a full year ago.
It's an insanely convenient feature, since you don't always know where you want to post a video while you're shooting it. Now you can shoot in the main Camera app, and then decide later if you want to edit and post that video using Instagram or Vine--or both. Even better, Vine will let you use as many clips as you want to compose your six-second opus, even clips shot with the slow-motion feature in the iPhone 5s.
Vine's update even adds some features that Instagram doesn't have yet. In the editing screen, the app will let you duplicate clips or mute a clip. And when you're shooting, you can now keep your phone's flash turned on, perfect for your Blair Witch tribute video. A cool-sounding "ghost" mode shows the outline of a previous shot so you can line things up better--say, if you want your dog to "magically" turn into a cat, while the background stays perfectly aligned, or to more easily whip up a stop-motion animation with your Lego minifigs or action figures.
The Vine update should hit the App Store Wednesday--it wasn't showing up on my phone as of this writing, but I'll keep checking. And I can't wait to see how our favorite Vine power-users use these new tools to take their looping videos to the next level of hilarity.