Facebook Now Lets You Make GIFs Using Built-in Camera
Now its time to play with GIFs and small videos on Facebook after the successful launch by WhatsApp earlier.
Next time when you swipe left to access the Facebook camera, you’ll be presented with the option to record your own GIF.
The function is a bit of a mixed bag. GIFs created through this feature are short, and only last a few seconds. It works well enough, and you can add a bunch of different frames, and filters (including some cool Prisma-esque style transfer effects). But you can only share the resulting GIFs on your Facebook story or as posts on your Facebook page. You can’t send them to other services, and you can only save them as videos. Which means they’re not much use outside of Facebook.
In recent weeks, Facebook has doubled-down on the GIF, introducing the ability to leave the small animated videos in comments. This update to the Facebook camera feels like a logical step forward.
Facebook has been building out the camera in its main app for a while now, and also adding a new GIF function.
This feature was discovered first by the social media savvys of “TheVerge” and “TheNextWeb”. From what we can tell, the feature is only available to certain users, suggesting a gradual roll-out.
Annoyingly, I was also unable to find it on any of my Android devices running the latest version of Android and the Facebook app, suggesting this is yet another iOS exclusive launch.
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