Sandesh Kumar


Introducing Video on Instagram

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.

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.

You’ll also find that we’ve added thirteen filters built specifically for video so you can keep sharing beautiful content on Instagram. When you post a video, you’ll also be able to select your favorite scene from what you’ve recorded as your cover image so your videos are beautiful even when they’re not playing.

We’re excited to see what the community will bring to video, whether it’s your local cafe showing you just how they made your latte art this morning or an Instagrammer on the other side of the world taking you on a tour of their city, a mother sharing her joys in parenting as her children laugh and play or your favorite athlete taking you behind the scenes.

So what does this mean for your content? Nothing’s different from photos. We’re still committed to making sure you have control over all of your content. Only the people who you let see your photos will be able to see your videos. And as with photos, you own your videos. You can learn more about Video on Instagram—including our new Cinema feature—by visiting the Instagram Help Center.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Kevin Systrom

Co-founder, Instagram

Instagram for iOS version 4.0 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store and Instagram for Android version 4.0 is now available on Google Play.

Watch the video of Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom announce Video on Instagram here.


Spring-Loaded Hood Orchids

Some orchids of the genus Pterostylis have adopted rapid plant movement as a method of ensuring pollination.

Male fungus gnats are attracted to pheromones exuded by the flower and try to copulate with the dark, furry structure known as the labellum. The labellum is attached to a sensitive elastic strap that flips upwards in response to disturbance.

If a gnat lands on the labellum, the whole surface springs back and traps the pollinator in the hood. To escape, the insect must crawl through a small opening in the hood, brushing against the orchid’s pollinia in the process. These sticky packets of pollen adhere to the insects back.

The insect, now carrying pollen, visits a new flower and goes through the ordeal again. This time, the pollen on the insect’s back brushes past the new flower’s stigma while the pollinator escapes, which fertilises the flower.

(Pterostylis longifolia shown)

via Flickr