Instagram Video ala Vine, Live! Upgrade, Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and iPad Mini!

Instagram has just added a short video capture and sharing functionality to its mobile application, which finally puts it in direct competition with Twitter's Vine app.

Follow me on Instagram to see the first video I recorded using the updated app!

"Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram," shared Kevin Systrom, Instagram's Co-Founder, via a blog entry that accompanied the release of the app's new feature.

"Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera," he added.

Whether or not you've played with Vine before, you shouldn't have any problems using Video on Instagram. After entering video mode, choose which camera you want to use to capture a clip: the front or the back. Then, press the red button to start recording. Your clips can go as long as 15 seconds. Note that it doesn't have to be one continuous recording; You can lift your finger off the button to pause and pick another subject then press on it again to resume recording. Once you've captured your clip, you can apply any of the thirteen new filters that Instagram specifically made for this fresh functionality. Finally, choose a cover frame then share and upload your video just like how you'd do it with an Instagram photo.

If you're wondering, the main difference between Video for Instagram and Vine is that the former supports longer videos (You get only 6 seconds with Vine), lets you apply filters on clips, allows you to choose a cover frame, and has video stabilization feature. On the other hand, Vine supports video looping and embedding of clips taken using the app.

To get Video on Instagram, all you have to do is to upgrade the current Instagram app on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and Android smartphone or tablet. The update - still for the handset-optimized application - is now available for download on iOS devices via App Store while the one for Android is already in the works and should out on Google Play soonest.