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Well hello there, Instagram with video! Seems like only yesterday we were ruminating about your very existence, and Facebook certainly didn't disappoint with its Vine competitor at Thursday's media event. But it was also a day of other introductions, such as the new drag-and-drop cloud sharing service Cloudup, and the departure of a beloved way to get music lyrics from most anywhere. Get caught up on all the news in our Friday recap!
As widely predicted earlier this week, Instagram announced Thursday that it plans to go head-to-head with Twitter's Vine by adding video to the service -- but with a couple of improvements. First, Instagram videos can be 15 seconds instead of less than half that on Vine, and the Facebook-owned service also includes 13 filters made especially for video. It will be interesting to see how the two services manage to duke it out in the hearts and minds of their users in the months ahead (we took a look at some of the differences ourselves yesterday), but to join in the fun, just head to the App Store and download Instagram 4.0 for iPhone and iPod touch today.
Still looking for the ultimate way to share videos, photos, music, links and other files? Cloudup launched this week as an invitation-only beta, offering up to 1,000 items (approximately 200GB of storage) absolutely free. Videos are limited to 200MB each, and the service includes a Mac menu bar application for easy drag-and-drop sharing. The company plans to introduce a paid premium tier in the months ahead, and for now native mobile apps appear to be MIA -- the service only works with mobile browsers.
The folks at TuneWiki announced Thursday that the company is shutting down effective June 28, 2013, after five years of providing lyrics to its loyal music-loving fans. "TuneWiki has come a long way from its early days, when we pioneered the inclusion of scrolling lyrics with music playback," the company's CEO said in a final blog post. "Unfortunately, everything comes to an end sooner or later and now is the time for those of us who have worked so hard for so long to move on to other journeys."
It's been a busy week for Adobe, and that also extends to Revel, the company's fledgling photo hosting and sharing service. The company released version 2.0 of its free universal iOS app, featuring a "completely updated new look that makes it easier to view, find and share your photos." The service now includes an Activity View for seeing all of your comments and likes in one place, while the Explore tab offers a collage of photos the user can swipe through to get reacquainted with images they might have forgotten. Curiously, the iOS update was not accompanied by the usual Mac App Store version, although it's unclear if the omission is temporary or a sign Adobe plans to make place the emphasis on Revel's mobile apps instead.
Lens flares can often be the bane of a cinematographer's existence, but sometimes it's used to great creative effect. If you're looking to simulate that look, Noise Industries has teamed with SUGARfx to add Lens Flares for Final Cut Pro X to FxFactory. For only $49, users can enhance their videos with a range of fully customizable lens flare effects, all without leaving their favorite video editor. As always, a free trial version is available to get a peek at what it's like first.
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