Snapchat was one of the first apps to offer self-destructing messages that protect your privacy. You can allow friends to view a sent image for up to 10 seconds before it is erased automatically. Early on, it was possible to screen capture images or even find the cache of the file, but updates to Snapchat now notify the sender if a screenshot was taken.
In response to sharing short length video like Vine, Snapchat introduced video recording and sharing in its iOS app and just updated the Android version to support video as well. But are you wondering how to use the video recording feature in Snapchat? It's very similar to taking photos with only one minor change.
To record video, instead of tapping the picture button, hold it down. This will start Snapchat's video recording. Unlike Vine, Snapchat allows you to take 9 seconds of video before sending to your friends. Vine only records up to 6 seconds. As long as you hold down the record button, Snapchat will continue to record. Strangely enough, if you take screenshots while the app is recording, it will cause the app to stop and open the send options.
When you've recorded your video, you send it to your friends just like you would with a photo. Select the contacts that you want to send the video and hit "Send."
Snapchat will still save a log of your Snapchats along with the unseen messages sent.
Snapchat's expansion into video recording is great for friends to share creative and fun videos. For parents, the app creates a concern for the types of content that gets sent. Even though Snapchat erases the photo or video content, parents should be aware of the possible content that their children could be exposed to from their Shapchat friends.