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Facebook’s Moments app will automatically create music videos out of your photos

Another reflection of Facebook’s increased focus on video

Facebook's photo sharing app Moments, which launched in June, today added a video feature. With this update, Moments will automatically create a photo montage, complete with music, using any grouping of six or more pictures.

Moments aims to rescue all those photos languishing on your phone, using face recognition to suggest tags, and letting you sync the selected photos with your Facebook friends. The app's new video feature is similar to other apps like Flipagram, which also lets you create photo stories set to music. But when you want to share your Flipagram creations with your friends, you still have to go through Instagram or Facebook. This is really the greatest advantage Moments seems to have, because it eliminates the extra step of syncing with Facebook when you want to share your collage.

Moments' greatest advantage is that it is already synced with Facebook

Once you give the app access to the photos on your phone, it takes a couple of seconds to identify your friends and suggest tags. You can create a group of photos that you want to share, and pick who you want to share them with. Moments then creates a collage with the selected photos, set to background music like Adventurous (reminiscent of what you’d hear while trekking across the Old West), Epic (an EDM-like jam), or any one of the 10 music themes.

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You can edit the video by swapping out the photos you want to include, or change the background music, but that’s about it. So far, you don’t seem to be able to make any other changes, such as adding filters, or edit the photos from within the app. Another thing missing from the app is the lack of sharing options — you still can’t share your Moments with people who aren’t on Facebook, or through any other medium like email or Twitter.

Once you’re done tweaking, one more tap will tag the friends with whom you’ve decided to share the photos, and then share the video to Facebook. In addition to the new video feature, Moments got some other minor updates. You can create now create your own Moments from scratch, see the progress of your photo uploads, and, according to Facebook, use the app in 34 different languages. The new version of Moments is available on the App Store and Google Play today.