It’s common knowledge that videos will soon replace more traditional forms of media. Instagram is only the latest venue to see the spread of viral clips and live recordings. Video has been an option in the app since 2013, but now with Instagram Reels, users have even more room to express their individuality.
Using Instagram Reels is a great way to expand your audience and gain new followers, and we’ll cover all you need to know about them here.
How do Instagram Reels even function?
Instagram Reels are 30-second multi-clip movies to which users may add popular tunes, unique augmented reality effects, and other creative tools like text and GIFs. You may share your Reels with your followers on your Instagram Feed, or you can upload them to the app’s new Explore location, called Reels in Explore, for others to find.
Reels may be found in a special part of your profile in addition to being in your Feed.
Instagram Reels vs. TikTok Videos
When comparing video-sharing apps, Reels is most like TikTok. Yet, there are several significant distinctions:
TikToks may be up to a minute long, but Instagram Reels are limited to 30 seconds.
TikTok stands on its own, whereas Instagram Reels is only one of several functionalities within the larger service.
Sharing a Reel gives you more flexibility than sharing a TikTok. You may share reels in your Feed or on your Story.
Many types of audio are available for usage on TikTok. Instagram lets you record or submit your own sound, but you can only use tracks from their curated music collection.
Which Is Better, Instagram Reels or Stories?
While Instagram Stories and Instagram Reels both allow users to share short video clips, there are several key distinctions between the two.
After 24 hours, the stories are gone (unless you add them to your Highlights). Your Reel will remain in your Stories for 24 hours unless you choose to archive or delete it, but if you publish it to your Feed, it will remain there indefinitely.
Unlike Reels, which have their own section on the Explore Page, Stories are never included there.
Although anybody may view your public Stories, only your followers will actually watch them. As opposed to followers, non-followers have an easier time discovering your reels.
Stories can’t be added to Collections, but Reels may.
You can only reshare a Story if you are tagged in it by a public account or if you use a third-party app that allows you to do so. You can easily show off your work with a reel.
Instagram Reels: A Guide
Now that you have a foundational understanding of what an Instagram Reel is and how it stacks up against other similar features and social media platforms, you can go on to learning the specifics of how to create your own.
Instagram: The Art of the Reel
Here are some guidelines for making your first Instagram Reel.
Turn on the reels
Launch Instagram and tap the plus sign in the app’s control bar. Move the cursor to the right until you see the Reels menu.
Adjust the video’s running time to suit your needs
For a 15-second or 30-second recording, select the corresponding button on the left. Videos beneath such limits can be recorded.
Include some tunes in your reel
It’s important to decide on a music or sound effect to utilise before you begin shooting. To utilise a song, choose the music icon on the left side of the screen and look for it in the library or do a search. After that, you may pick the exact section of the music you want to hear by pressing on the track you wish to edit.
Personal audio can be used as well, and it need not include any sort of music or other accompaniment. Doing so will store your audio as “Original Audio,” making it available for use in future Reels. Your audio for Reels will be shared with the public if your account is set to that setting.
Pace yourself accordingly
The video speed can then be adjusted. You may select from five different speeds ranging from to. 3X to 3X. Several newcomers find that if they slow down the video, they can more easily follow along with the spoken word. To change the playback speed, click the play button on the left side of the screen.
Choose your repercussions
Much with Instagram Stories, you may customise your post with a filter or effect from Instagram’s extensive library. Moreover, numerous video clips can be recorded, each with its own unique set of effects.
To choose an effect, hit the effects button (lower left) and browse the list.
Prepare a timer
Now is the moment to start your clock. To set the duration of your movie, click the clock icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Next, select a countdown timer from 3 seconds to 10 seconds by pressing the corresponding button. If you’re ready to begin timing, click that button.
You should make a video and record it
To begin recording, hit the record button in the screen’s middle. The recording process is quite similar to that of Instagram Stories, with the addition of a progress bar that displays at the top of the screen while you record.
Record a single lengthy video or many shorter ones, or choose numerous clips from your Camera Roll to submit (so long as they don’t exceed the 15- or 30-second restriction you’ve selected).
Label the Reel with some wording
Use the arrow key to access the record menu. Choose an effect for your Reel by clicking one of the three buttons in the top right corner of the screen. Sticker button at the top of the screen lets you insert text, drawings, GIFs, and stickers, much as in Stories.
Share your reel
When you’re ready, click the arrow in the lower right corner of the display. Choose Explore, your Feed, or your Stories to share the Reel to Reels.
Use the Share button once you’ve determined where you’d like your new work to be shown. If you wish to make changes before publishing, you may save the piece as a draught.