Facebook rolled out video on Instagram Thursday, leaving both IG enthusiasts and hard-core Vine users to explore the latest in video sharing. For the last five months, Twitterâ€™s highly-popular video sharing tool, Vine, dominated the space with its six-second video capabilities but that soon changed after the Menlo Park, California-based companyâ€™s latest announcement.
When the social networking giant announced it, too, would offer its users video functionalityâ€” 15-second videos that are less shaky and have one of 13 filter selectionsâ€”consumers and brands gained an additional option to leverage their brand messaging. At the moment, reports are indicating that Instagram video is winning the battle with its built-in community and cool filters, but whether or not theyâ€™ll win the war is to be determined. Rumors are already swirling that Twitter is trying to improve its Vine app since Facebookâ€™s announcement.
Yes, Instagram video is a viable competitor for Vine, but itâ€™s losing in one key area: The ability to embed the short videos elsewhere. Hereâ€™s how to manually embed Instagram videos, with tips provided by Mashableâ€™s own Christina Warren:
1)Â Â Â Â Â In Safari or Chrome, right-click on the video and select “Inspect Element.”
2)Â Â Â Â Â Locate the area of code that reads ‘div class-“Video” and look for a URL that has “distilleryvesper” in the title and ends in “.mp4.”
This is the URL for your video clip. Copying that URL (right-click on the code section and select “copy link address”) and pasting it into its own webpage should give you a link like this.
3)Â Â Â Â Â Then look for the URL of the “poster” image. This is the Cover Photo you chose for your Instagram video. Itâ€™s an AmazonAWS link; the URL should start with “distilleryimage.”