InstagramFacial recognition, landmark detection, and even audio cues picked up through your phone’s microphone could let Instagram Video intelligently suggest a cover frame for mini-movies or even tag them, according to recent Facebook patents. The tech could route each video to the right people and put its best (motionless) foot forward so it gets viewed amongst the sea of more easily-consumed photos. When I first discovered these patents a month ago, it was hard to envision how they’d be applied. Facebook hadn’t been putting much focus on recording video in its own app. The schematics described choosing a cover frame for videos you shot — something Facebook’s camera didn’t offer — while the patents imagined using every sensor possible to help you make that choice. It was all a little hazy. The Instagram Video launch made it a lot clearer.

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