Viddy ( ), the Instagram-inspired app for sharing brief video snippets, scored a significant update this week. Both the app and the website now offer more features so that users can better control how their 15-second videos are shared.
Chief among the new Viddy updates is the ability to choose your own thumbnail cover art for the videos you upload, and you can apply one of the 20 available photo filters to your thumbnail, too.
Among the other improvements to the service are upgraded production packs, which let you mix and match video effects with any custom soundtrack to create unique looks for your visual masterpieces. Also included is near real-time video rendering, which makes uploading and processing your videos go twice as fast as it did before—so long as you’re running iOS 5. And in another bit of bonne chance, Viddy now includes localizations for numerous languages besides English; among them: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Thai, Filipino, and Portuguese.
On the Viddy website, users can now share, like, and comment on videos, just as they can within the app.
Viddy remains free and requires iOS 4.2 or later.