Vine Vs. Instagram: Which One’s Right for You?

By: Rich DeMuro
Jul. 8, 2013

When it comes to sharing short videos online two popular services are vying for your attention: Vine and Instagram.

Instagram is known for picture sharing, but they recently added the ability to post short videos to compete with Twitter’s newly acquired video service, Vine.

We’re running down the features and highlights to figure out, which works best.

Both Vine and Instagram let you share short videos with the world.

Vine lets you create six second videos that automatically loop, kind of like gifs with audio.

Instagram, owned by Facebook, can create 15 second videos, and, taking some cues from the its background in pictures, offers users creative filters.

Not to be outdone, Vine recently released a significant upgrade, now offering filters of its own. Vine’s ability to start recording by touching anywhere on the screen.

Instagram however, takes the edge with the ability to focus on specific spots while recording and  useful editing tools like allowing users to backtrack and delete clips they don’t like. Plus, with Instagram, users can set a specific frame from the video to use as the thumbnail.

Vine defaults to the first frame of your video as a thumbnail.

Both vine and Instagram offer sharing to Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram videos can also be posted on Tumblr.

While Instagram is limited to “likes”, you can now “re-Vine” your favorite vine videos, sort of like a retweet, which shares them with your followers.

Bottom line, Instagram video offers more bells and whistles, but Vine seems to require less effort to both post and browse videos.

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