What Are Instagram Reels?
Instagram Reels videos are short, fun videos that you can create using Instagram's built-in editing tools. You can use Reels to show off your creative skills, share a funny moment, or just give your followers a behind-the-scenes look at your life.
- The feature was added a couple of years ago as a response to the popularity of TikTok and a way to create similar content within the Instagram platform.
- Reels are short-form video content in full 9:16 portrait mode that can be from 3-15 seconds in length and can be filmed directly within the Reels camera or uploaded from your camera roll on your mobile device.
- They can only be uploaded on mobile devices.
- Instagram recently announced all videos under 15 minutes will be changed to Reels to simplify the user experience with videos.
Here is a great step-by-step tutorial video that walks through recording, editing and publishing a Reels video.
Jenn Herman points out a couple of downsides of Reels on Social Media Examiner's website.
Limitations of Instagram Reels
- There's no progress bar when viewing a reel so you don't know how long it is.
- You can pause a reel when watching it but you can't rewind or fast-forward it.
- The caption for any reel is there on the video but the preview shows only one line of text.
- For a reel you've created, you cannot edit the caption after uploading it so you would need to delete the video and re-upload it after making changes.
Quickest Way To Create an Instagram Reels Video
- First, open the Instagram app and tap on the camera icon in the top left corner.
- Then, swipe over to “Reels” and tap on the “+” sign in the bottom left corner.
- Next, select the audio you want to use for your reel by tapping on the music note icon in the top right corner. You can either choose a song from Instagram library or upload your own.
- Once you've selected your audio, it's time to start filming! Tap on the record button and start recording your video.
- When you're done filming, tap on the checkmark in the bottom right corner. This will take you to the editing screen, where you can add effects, filters, and text.
- Once you're happy with your reel, tap on “Share” in the top right corner. From here, you can choose to share your reel with your followers or as a story.
- That's it! You've now successfully created an Instagram reel.
I'd love to see some of the Reels that you have produced. Drop the direct link to any of the recent Reels you have published for your church below.