Facebook bakes new GIF-making feature into its camera

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Credit: https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/07/14/whoa-facebook-camera-now-built-gif-creator/#.tnw_sS2uSl55

To those familiar with Facebook camera, it won’t come as a shock that the company has been working hard to make it famous with some really cool features. On Friday, the social media giant added a new GIF function that will enable you make your own personal GIF. Spotted by TNW, the new GIF feature can be used by swiping right to make a quick GIF. You can find the new feature by tapping the camera icon in the top left of the app.

The new feature is perfect for sharing lovely messages on Facebook. However, not everyone will be pleased to discover that the function as well as any created GIF can only be shared on Facebook. You can, however, save them as videos; making them pretty useless outside Facebook. Good thing though, is the fact that you can add different frames and filters to your created GIFs as much as you can.

Spotted it yet? Don’t worry if you haven’t spotted the new feature as Facebook is still in the process of rolling it out to the general public; so it might take some time to get it on your phone.

Android users, sorry to dash your hope a bit here; there seems to be no sign of the feature on the OS. However, some iOS users have reportedly spotted it and are already testing it on their devices. If you do, however, spot it on your device, do send us a feedback and let us know how you find the new GIF-making feature on Facebook camera.

To mark this year’s Mother’s Day, Facebook added some themed masks and frames to its camera. The masks and frames went live on the very day to make the occasion a colorful one.

In March, the social media behemoth launched another Snapchat-like feature; slotting a camera-first, ephemeral multimedia sharing function to its service. Ephemeral stories and messaging, according to Facebook, bring the popular format for sharing videos and photos to its users all over the world. The two features will be available both to iOS and Android users—and is a statement to the fact that Facebook clearly has Snapchat within its reach.

That update came with a re-designed in-app camera, a new feed of ephemeral stories atop the News Feed, and a private messaging feature called Direct. Can’t remember the last time that Facebook made such a remarkable change to its in-app camera, but goes a long way in showing how prepared the company is in terms of taking on competition.

Camera Effects, according to Connor Hayes Product Manager at Facebook, gives you several options like masks, frames and interactive filters that can be added to your videos and photos. “Today we’re starting to roll out a new camera with effects and two additional ways to share the photos and videos you take.”

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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