This article is everything you need to know about Instagram Reels – Instagram’s answer to TikTok’s short-form videos. We will cover exactly how to make Instagram Reels including how to use and upload your videos as Reels. Also, we will explain simple tips and tricks to increase your views. Moreover, we will share our top video editing apps and tools for Iphone and Android all designed to help you get better results.
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Comparing Reels to Instagram Stories which are limited to 15 seconds and disappear after 24 hours, Reels are vertical videos as well. However, they can be up to 60 seconds in length, and they do not disappear. It makes Reels a great and valuable piece of content that can stick around and bring you an impact and reaction for a long time after you create it.
Tiktok videos and Instagram Reels are very similar. Right now TikTok supports up to three-minute videos, and probably Reels will be increased to that point some time soon. But as for right now, Reels’ maximum video length is 60 seconds. Apart from that, the two video platforms are very similar. They both have a lot of effects, filters, and music.
The real benefit of the Reel draw card is that you can create short and sharp engaging, videos that people love to consume quickly.
Remember, Reels should be created in that portrait format. In terms of creating Reels, you have two main options. You can do the entire process just within the Instagram app. Check out our article for helpful tips.
Option number 2 is to use more professional third-party apps which will give you more advanced controls and customizability. Those apps will let you get more creative with your editing to create more professional Reels.
We have done full breakdowns of the best filming apps and the best editing apps on both Android and iOS.
Filmic Pro is one of the best rounders for filming and creating Instagram Reels. You can think of this app as your built-in camera app but on steroids. This app allows you to create vertical videos with much more control and higher quality than you will get out of the built-in camera app or the Instagram camera app. With this app you can lock down the shutter speed, lock down ISO, rack focus to change the focus while you are recording, adjust volume levels, and change up the picture profiles of your recording.
Unfortunately, Filmic Pro is missing the options that allows you to pause your recording and quickly go back and remove things on the fly (this feature is available on Instgram). Instead Filmic Pro allows you to record either a lot of separate clips or one really big clip and do your editing afterwards in the editing app.
Now in terms of the best editing apps to use to edit down your footage that you have just shot in Filmic Pro, the most professional app on iOS is Lumafusion. However, this app might be over complicated for a lot of people. It is really a VERY professional app.
For Android users, the closest thing to Lumafusion is Kinemaster app.
But in terms of the best all-rounders for both beginners and advances video-makers,we would suggest checking out VN Video Editor or Capcut. Both of those are really easy to use. Both apps are free and are packed with a ton of features.
How to use VN Video Editor
Open up VN Video Editor
Hit on the plus down the bottom to create a new project
Select New Project
Select the video clips that you want to edit
Press NEXT button at the bottom
Some cool features you can do with this app
pick the clips and move them around
tap on a clip and adjust the start and end time by dragging yellow handles around
Use the scissor feature to split a clip in two
add another cut or delete the middle section entirely by pressing on the trash can
Easily trim down your outage and remove all the stuff that you do not want
speed up and to slow down your clip
add the filters and effects, to change how your video looks
apply transitions and effects
VN Video Editor allows to really sharpen up and create a refined video with so much more control and so much more features than you have in the Instagram app
Now if you are editing your videos this way, there are two great resources which will help you take your videos to the next level.
The first one is Placeit . This is an amazing online service where you can easily create video animations, video intros, animated text and graphics that you can easily drag and drop into your videos.
The second one is Storyblocks. This is another amazing online service that gives you access to so much B-roll or stock footage, so you do not need to go and shoot everything yourself. There is a massive library of video clips that you can download and use in your videos to help make them more engaging.
So once you finish editing your video, check it ou and save. Make sure there is no end screen, or watermark, or branding saved on it wih some of these free apps.
If you see one on the video you can delt it in theapp.
Save the video.
Open up Instgra
Go to Reels section
Instead of hitting Reccord, click on at the bottom left and select a video from your phone.
You still have the ability to add musicand effects and things if you have not done it already.
Preview the video
Post t just the same as you are posting a regular Reel.
This is agreat way for you to get really creative with your filming and editingwithout the need to just be locked n to what Instarm is givingyou for your reels.You can still mix it up and integrate a lot of those reels’ features into your videos as weel.