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Capturing the Action at Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary

For more photos and videos from the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, browse the #slothsanctuary hashtag and explore the Sloth Sanctuary location page.

On Costa Rica’s eastern coast, some of nature’s slowest mammals call a small refuge home.

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has humble beginnings. Couple Judy Avey-Arroyo and Luis Arroyo had an established history of running a privately-owned biological reserve when neighbors brought them an orphaned baby three-toed sloth. Unable to find assistance from local institutions, they took matters into their own hands and raised the sloth, Buttercup, on their own.

Buttercup is now 21 years old, and the Arroyos have been running their home as an authorized sloth rescue center since 1997. The family-run Sloth Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated more than 500 sloths to date, nearly 150 of whom are permanent residents.

As the sanctuary continues its efforts to learn from the sloths in rehabilitation and teach the public about them, Instagrammers are increasingly visiting and documenting their time with the sloths through photos and videos.

Interested in helping out? Explore the sanctuary’s website for more information and ways to get involved.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbokehinmotion

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPbokehinmotion, which asked participants to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of an image that’s out of focus. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbokehinmotion

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s project draws its inspiration from a video series started by New York City Instagrammer Alice Gao (@alice_gao). The goal this weekend is to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of your image that’s out of focus. Some tips to get you started:

  • To create bokeh, get up close to a nearby object first and lock your focus on it. You can usually do this by tapping the screen to set the focus and holding your finger there to lock it. After you’ve locked your focus, frame a scene that’s farther away and it should be out of focus.
  • Since your video will be out of focus, think about shapes, colors and movement as the primary elements of your video. Things that are normally very recognizable may become delightfully abstract!
  • Videos like these tend to be very bright, so consider shooting at twilight or nighttime to compensate.

For more inspiration, browse the #bokehinmotion and #bluronpurpose hashtags.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPbokehinmotion hashtag to videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own videos to the project. Any video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHP3x5

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHP3x5, which asked participants to create a 15-second video made of three five-second clips. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Discovering News on Instagram

Interested to know more about how news organizations can use video? Check out some of our tips on how you can get the most out of Instagram video.

Since launching video on Instagram back in June, we’ve seen the many creative ways Instagrammers have used video to express themselves. From a hand-drawn time-lapse artist to a sci-fi TV show series, this community continues to astound us.

Lately we’ve seen media broadcasters—both traditional and non-traditional—experimenting with video to share news and information right here on Instagram.

NowThis News (@nowthisnews) is among those leading the charge. The NowThisNews crew teamed up with Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate-candidate Cory Booker for an Instagram video interview series.

CNN (@CNN) recently launched a 15-second debates micro-site as part of its German elections coverage. The project asks German political parties to answer reporter questions in 15-seconds or less to be shared on Instagram.

For #NPRDumplingWeek, NPR (@NPR) teamed up with chefs to post fun, instructional videos to teach their community how to make Shumai, Manti, Tortellini, and Potstickers.

CBS This Morning (@CBSthismorning) has been using time-lapse to experiment with delivering followers 15-second newscasts, including this one documenting efforts to salvage a massive cruise ship.

We’re always excited to see new ways Instagrammers are using video and we’re excited to see what comes next.

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The Artistic Process Brought to Life through Video

Know any other artists sharing their process through videos on Instagram? Send us a note through Tumblr.

Artists use Instagram to bring people into their studio for an intimate glimpse at their craft, and with last week’s addition of video on Instagram, many artists have begun sharing clips of their works in progress.

To see in-the-making shots brought to life, check out these accounts on Instagram:

Video Tips: Audio on Instagram

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For more tips, tricks and troubleshooting assistance, visit help.instagram.com and browse the tips from our blog!

Watching Video

When you’re viewing a video on Instagram, the sound is controlled by your device’s volume setting. If your phone is set to silent, the video will play with the sound off.

On an iOS device, you can switch the sound on and off by flipping the switch on the left side of your device.

For Android, you can control the volume for a video in two ways:

  • Adjust the device’s media volume under Settings, or
  • Wait for an Instagram video to begin playing, and raise/reduce the volume from the switch on the side of your device

Recording Video

Try these tips to improve the audio quality when recording a video on Instagram:

  • Use your hands-free set, which has a built-in microphone
  • Use an external microphone, like the iStabilizer iRig mic (Apple)
  • Make a removable wind sheild (called a “deadcat” in the film industry) for your device’s microphone

Concerned about videos playing automatically? You can disable auto-play under Settings > Preferences.

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Discover Great Videos on Instagram

Looking to see a kickflip from a world-famous skateboarder, the perfect latte art pour from your corner coffee shop, or a glimpse behind-the-scenes at your favorite brand’s fashion show? Follow these accounts that are using Video on Instagram to share some incredible moments!

  • Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder — @tonyhawk
  • Almond Surfboards, handcrafted surfboard and accessories — @ almond_surfboards
  • Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world — @wimbledon
  • Snoop Dogg, rapper and actor— @snoopdogg
  • Phoenix, alternative rock band from France — @wearephoenix
  • Madonna, singer-songwriter — @madonna
  • Karlie Kloss, fashion model — @karliekloss
  • Burberry, British luxury fashion brand — @burberry
  • Jamie Oliver, chef — @jamieoliver
  • Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz-based coffee roastery — @vervecoffee
  • Shay Mitchell, actress of Pretty Little Liars — @shaym
  • Jimmy Fallon, comedian and host of Late Night — @jimmyfallon
  • Charity Water, non-profit organization bringing clean drinking water to developing nations — @charitywater

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On the Move with @fosterhunting

Foster Huntington (@fosterhunting) is a nomad surfer who travels the country in his 1986 Volkswagen van. His Instagram photos capture moments from his adventures on the road, building fires at campsites in the Sierras and catching waves in Baja. Foster even started the #vanlife hashtag as a way for other vanlifers to share their journeys.

Now with Video on Instagram, Foster is adding sound and movement to his nomadic life and taking followers along for the ride. We can hear wind whipping out the windows as he travels along the coast and see the hammocks swinging in the trees at his campsite. “Video on Instagram lets me capture a more dynamic portrait of my life on the road,” Foster says.

Want to see more of Foster’s adventures? Be sure to check out his videos and follow him on Instagram @fosterhunting.