Vine for iOS has just received a massive new update the finally gives the video app equal footing with its rival Instagram. For the first time on Vine you can now create posts using video clips from your device's camera roll, and then edit them to make your clip into the short film of your dreams.
In some ways, Vine's import feature is stronger than Instagram's, with support for creating a single video clip from multiple videos. You can also mix in videos and shots taken in real time via the app. For Vine filmmakers, who already have figured out a number of impressive ways to utilize the service, this adds an incredible layer of extra editing power. This will finally allow users to make the most of their six seconds. Finally, on the editing front, users can now duplicate or trim clips depending on their needs. No longer waste a single second of your shots.
The update also introduces new capture tools, including undo last recording, focus lock with the front-facing camera, and use of the flashlight when recording in low light environments. Vine's "Grid" video has been upgraded with a new level feature to let you know when you've got an uneven shot. To activate it simply double tap on the grid button.
Lastly the update introduces more control of which notifications you receive, including likes, comments, revines, and more. If you only want to know who's sharing your work, this will help keep you from getting bothered with erroneous information.
Vine 2.5.1 is available as a free download in the iTunes Store. You can watch a video preview below.