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Tip #1562: Instagram Reel Editing Tips

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Sometimes, you gotta work with the tools you’re given.

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In 2020, Instagram Reels was launched. While successful, the popularity of Instagram Reels didn’t take off until Instagram adjusted the layout so the Reels feed appeared as the central button of the app. Now, nearly every sports team, celebrity, and influencer is using Reels to grow their brand. Let’s look at six editing tips so you can get the best out of the Instagram app, as well.

Here are six tips to improve your video editing on Instagram. (The article has sample videos that illustrate each technique.)

  1. Learn how to edit using Instagram. The article contains a quick, three-minute tutorial that will give you a step-by-step guide on using the application.
  2. Cut Action on Transitions. Cutting on action is one of the core fundamentals of film editing to create a sense of fluid and continuous movement. Cutting on action is also the perfect technique for when you’re creating transitions of yourself. However, it does require pre-emptive planning.
  3. Smooth Wipe. A method that allows filmmakers to trick the audience into thinking that a long, complex shot was captured in one take, as they pass the camera in front of something, stop recording, then start again from behind the object. The editor will then cut the two shots together when both the first shot and second shot are behind the thing.
  4. Align Tool. Instagram has a built-in tool for you to do this easily—the Align tool. Simply open the app and create your first recording. Change outfits, remove the object, and then select the Align tool. You’ll now see an overlay of the prior video clip, allowing you to align yourself in the overlay position correctly.
  5. Cut to the Beat. Cutting to the beat is a tried and tested formula for music video editing to create a rhythmic form of visuals. While you don’t have to cut to every single beat, when you’re switching scenes, cutting on a beat is aesthetically pleasing.
  6. If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them. If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through the presented Reels that Instagram algorithmically shows you, you’ll notice a recurring theme with both editing techniques and music used. While it won’t promote originality, the familiar conventions of following popular trends are a good way to engage non-followers.

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