Instagram has a new app that lets you take 10 photos in rapid succession and turn them into a short video loop, like a GIF.
Like Instagram’s other two standalone apps, Hyperlapse and Layout, Boomerang is very straightforward and simple to use. Open the app, take a short burst of photos, and Boomerang will stitch them together into what looks like an animated GIF.
You can shoot in portrait or landscape, and videos — Instagram is calling them “Boomerangs” — can be shared directly to Instagram and Facebook in the app.
Boomerang looks like an Instagram version of Apple’s Live Photos, a feature in the new iPhone 6s that automatically records short snippets before and after a photo is taken to create an animated effect.
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