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Instagram just keeps getting better under Facebook's direction. Not long after its purchase of the popular social photography app, it announced that it was bringing 15-second videos to compete with Vine, and according to a blog post from today, it's now making the service even better. With the upcoming Patch 4.1, users will now be able to import videos to Instagram from the camera roll and edit them down to 15 seconds though the app itself.
Based on the description and the available screenshots, it's currently difficult to tell if the update will let you do anything besides narrow down the clip to 15 seconds. If the update gives you a way to mimic the shifts in perspective and time you can achieve with your thumb with the existing app, however, this could be good news for those of us who like to create short works of art through the medium.
The update brings other changes to as well. When you edit the video in question, you'll be able to square-crop the rectangular image captured by your iPhone's camera to "keep the action front and center." In addition, the app will now feature an auto-straightener, which also allows you to rotate and adjust any photo you've taken (including those from your camera's library).
Expect the update to drop within the next couple of days. If you're still on the fence about the differences between Vine and Instagram (particularly the latter's video portion), be sure to check out our comparison here.
Update: Instagram 4.1 is now available for iOS.
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