Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)

By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 21, 2014 02:06 AM EDT

Vine, the popular video-sharing app that allows users to post six-second clips, just got a major update that adds neat improvements to the experience.

The latest Vine update brings a new and improved camera experience, enhanced editing tools, and it finally allows users to import existing videos from their camera roll, which is a feature users have long been waiting for.

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"Every day, millions of people open Vine to share memories in the moment. Today, Vine unlocks a new camera that gives you the freedom to create a Vine in any way you want. The new camera offers powerful ways to edit your videos as well as the ability to import existing videos on your phone and turn them into Vines. Simply put, this release gives you total creative freedom - and it's all within the app," Vine announced in a new blog post on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Up until now, Vine did not allow users to upload any videos they'd previously shot with their smartphone or another device. Instagram had this option, and it turned out to be quite popular. Many users prefer to shoot a video with a high-end camera, for instance, edit it to their heart's desire with various software and enhancements, and then simply load it to a smartphone's camera roll to upload it. With the new update, Vine finally adds this possibility.

"From the capture screen, you'll see a new option in the bottom left corner that lets you import video. You can select one video or mix together several - and yes, slow-motion videos are supported," the blog announcement further explains.

In addition to this neat new option, Vine also made some notable changes in the video editing department. The preview screen, for instance, now features a scissors icon for editing the final Vine, bringing new tools and capabilities to the table, such as muting clips or duplicating them.

Users will also be able to check out the last shot straight from the camera interface, which should make it notably easier to shot the perfect clip. The capture tools also get some great new improvements, adding a set of advanced features accessible from the wrench icon visible on the camera screen. This advanced feature set includes a "ghost" mode for referencing previous shots, as well as new focus lock that adds front camera support, or a new "torch" option that favors shooting at night and low-light conditions.

The latest version of Vine will become available shortly for both iOS and Android. In the meantime, check out the video below.

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