Facebook has officially revealed its big announcement: Video for Instagram. While reports first suspected that Facebook was unveiling a RSS reader, speculation is mounting that the coffee has to do with a Vine-like addition to Instagram.
Before this morning’s event, Twitter started preemptively fighting back. Vine is (appropriately) using Vine to tease new features and updates to the app. The videos were published by co-founder Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov’s Vine accounts, as first reported by AllThingsD.
You can watch the Vines in action below, but since the frame rate of the images flicker by so quickly, we’ve broken down the Vines frame-by-frame. You’re welcome.
Here’s what Vine showed off and has in store.
What we’re looking at here are polished mock-ups of the brand spankin’ new design. Vine videos will be stretched and fill up the entire screen on mobile (removing most of the white space) which we suspect is a move to put the content front and center.
And from the looks of it, text comments will float above the media (video in this case) itself, like what Twitter and Facebook have done already.
This looks like the new design of the recording feature.
We’re not exactly sure what this image is about, but Cult of Mac suggests that Vine is going to throw in the ability to record multiple Vines at once, and save drafts.
If you look at the top of the page in the right-hand corner, you’ll spot a Vine record button. And considering the creative uses for Vine, we’re guessing that Vine is going to roll out categories that users can choose from. If this is the case, it’s a big deal for Vine and its users. It would put Vine closer to a six-second version of YouTube.
We suspect that this is how the Vine video drafts will look inside of the app. Either that or it’s an in-app editing feature.
Finally, this last Vine by co-founder Dom Hofmann is a bit of a mystery. If you string this together, like we attempted to below, we could see how it might be relevant to messaging. The blue and red strips may be messages sans Vine videos, while the text that look like it’s superimposed on a video, are messages that hover over the Vine video replies.
We have absolutely no idea if this is correctly pieced together, but from our guess you’ll be able to send each other text messages that can be displayed on top of Vine videos.
As for these buttons, we’re assuming – granted that Vine adds messaging – the check mark indicates the the Vine (or message) has been sent. The video button may or may not be self explanatory but we’re going to go with saying that it’s the button to record a Vine.