Remember InstaChooser, the Cydia tweak that lets users upload videos to Instagram from their camera roll? After the tweak was released, several people started wondering why such a simple and useful feature wasn’t rolled out as part of the Instagram app in the first place when video sharing was added to it. Looks like the folks behind Instagram were thinking the same thing, as the app’s latest update has brought camera roll video importing to the mix. On iOS as well as Android, Instagram now lets its users choose any video from one their devices’ local galleries. You can then trim the video, select a starting point of your choice, or merge the clip with a fresh recording. Another smaller, yet significant, feature is the addition of a straighten option for photos in the iOS variant, which lets you easily adjust the orientation of a photo with greater accuracy without having to leave the app.
The camera roll button has been added to the right of the record button in video mode. You can start shooting a video as usual, and then decide to stitch an existing clip with it from the camera roll. On the selection screen, all albums containing videos are displayed by Instagram, letting you browse through them with ease.
When a video that is longer than 15 seconds is selected from an album, Instagram just chooses its first 15 seconds for uploading by default. It is easy to change the clip’s starting point, though, so you can include any part of the video. This can be done by dragging the clip along the timeline at the bottom of the screen. The app replays the video whenever a new starting point is chosen.
That’s all for the video-related changes in Instagram 4.1. The new photo straightening feature for the iOS app can be found in the toolbar above the filters in photo mode. It has basically replaced the rotate option, providing users with a way to fine-tune a photo’s rotation by 25 degrees either way using the pivot gesture over the photo or by sliding across the dial at the bottom. You still have the option to rotate the photo in increments of 90 degrees like before.