How to make reels on Instagram

Updated on 28-Feb-2024

Reels get 22% more interaction, when compared to a standard video post.

If you are planning to up your social media game then Reels should be your best friend.

Reels provide various options to spice up their videos with features such as adding music, effects, and filters.

Unless you are living under a rock, you must have come across, interacted with, shared, cringed over, or even made Reels by now. At first, when Instagram had just launched the feature, everyone thought that Meta was transforming Instagram into TikTok and whatnot. But now, over time everyone has gotten so used to Reels that it has one of the most hit features with everyone experimenting with it in their sweet way.

If we talk numbers, Reels get 22% more interaction, when compared to a standard video post, according to Adobe Express. Not just that, nine out of ten Instagram users watch these reel videos. Haven’t you found yourself endlessly scrolling through reels when bored? Trust me, it is not just you.

So, if you are planning to up your social media game and become prominent on the gram, then Reels should be your best friend. And for that, you are just in the right place. I am going to tell you how to properly make reels to get good engagement.

What are Instagram Reels?

Okay, let’s start from the basics. What is an Instagram Reel? So, simply put an Instagram Reel is short-form video content. Typically these range from 15-90 seconds, to cater to the short attention span of the audience. You can easily access this feature on Instagram by clicking on the Reels tab at the bottom of the page or you can go to a particular profile and click on the icon there.

Also read: Instagram now lets you download Reels from public accounts: Here’s how

Reels provide users with various options to spice up their videos with features like adding music, effects, and filters. With the built-in editor on Instagram, you can add multiple clips, add text, stickers, and filters, and even align your video clips for a seamless transition. These reels are not only engaging but also help users create viral trends as their reach is quite large.

How do you start making reels on Instagram from scratch?

Let’s come to the main part now, how do you start making reels? First things first, go to the Instagram App and click on the (+) icon where you go to create a new post. Now, scroll and choose the Reels tab. Once you have reached the editor, select a single or multiple videos to play around with. Oh, you can even add photos along with videos to make a mix of both or just use photos. If you want to record directly on the Reel in-app, you can hit the record button at the bottom centre of the screen.

How to edit reels on Instagram?

Now, once that’s done. You will find sliders on the screen using which you can trim and adjust the length of your clips. To enhance your reel and add music, sound effects, or even original audio, click on the music note.

Pro tip: Use trending audio for more reach. Then add filters, click on the stars icon and the smiling sticker icon to add animated graphics. If you want to add some text, select the “Aa” icon. And, to add transitions, just swipe and tap the bar in between each of the clips. You can add this to each clip, or add a separate one for individual clips by tapping on each clip.

Also read: 5 new features of Instagram Reels launched for content creators

When you are satisfied with the edit, click on “Next”, and pick a cover image to go with your reel. This cover image can be picked up from within the clips and images that you have added or uploaded from your gallery. Then simply add a caption and hashtags, and you can tag people or products. Share this post or “save to drafts” and share whenever you want to.

That was all about ‘Reels’. However, if you want to post videos longer than 90 seconds, follow the link below.

How to post long videos on Instagram: Editing, format and all you need to know

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Mustafa Khan

Mustafa is new on the block and is a tech geek who is currently working with Digit as a News Writer. He tests the new gadgets that come on board and writes for the news desk. He has found his way with words and you can count on him when in need of tech advice. No judgement. He is based out of Delhi, he’s your person for good photos, good food recommendations, and to know about anything GenZ.

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