Instagram Reels Tips [5 Editing Tricks]

Get ready to level up your Instagram Reels! Discover a variety of Instagram Reels editing tips and tricks, from basic video effects to advanced techniques.

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  1. Tip #1: Get familiar with the latest Reels algorithm
  2. Tip #2: Plan & script your video 
  3. Tip #3: Experiment with fun transitions
  4. Tip #4: Make your video look professional 
  5. Tip #5: Stand out with music, voice-over and text effects
  6. Tip #6: Get discovered with hashtags

Instagram Reels are one of the best ways to grow your engagement and boost visibility on Instagram. In this post, you'll learn how to plan, create and add transition effects to make your Reels more dynamic and engaging. With these handy Instagram editing tips & tricks, you can take advantage of Reels visibility, and showcase your content in a professional manner in front of millions of people.

Tip #1: Get familiar with the latest Reels algorithm

Understanding how the Reels algorithm works can help you get more views. Firstly, the main purpose of Reels is to entertain -- so you'll likely get a larger number of views from random people. We know that the main factors for ranking reels are: 

  • User activity – Instagram will suggest Reels videos based on your app activity.
  • Interaction history – The content you see is from accounts similar to those you've previously interacted with.
  • Reel information –  Reel elements (audio, popularity) also help Instagram to rank videos.

Recommended: Check out the latest Instagram Reels editing tools & techniques in this post.

Tip #2: Plan & script your video 

Recording videos can be tricky, and very time-consuming. I have learned from my own experience that planning your video setting & scripting the flow of action can help you save so much time on editing! 

Instagram reels tip: plan & script your video

Before you start recording: 

  1. Plan out what type of content you want to create 
  2. Think about the message or story you want to tell
  3. Review your upcoming videos and determine if there’s a particular theme or topic you want to focus on 
  4. Collect any references or content from other sources that can be used in the production, such as music or images. 
  5. Once you’re ready to record, make sure you have a steady recording environment and test your equipment to ensure everything is working properly

Tip #3: Experiment with fun transitions

Reel videos can be made even MORE engaging through creative transitions! Here are 5 easy Reels transitions ideas you can use to give keep viewers hooked!

Instagram reels tip: expermient with transitions

Ideas of transitions to try:

  • Snapping fingers transition
  • Clapping transition
  • Jumping transition
  • Walk in from left -> right 
  • Camera tap transition

Hack: Use the "align" button in your Reels editor to make your transitions more seamless. 

Instagram Reels Tips - Align button helps you make seamless transitions

Tip #4: Make your video look professional 

If your Instagram account is a business, you should try to create Reels that make you look professional and match your brand imagery.

Here's how to do it:  

  • Record in a place with good lighting, preferably in natural daylight
  • Focus on your video backdrop, adding beautiful scenery, decorations can make your video look more interesting and your content will stand out
  • Edit your video to match your brand (style, fonts, colour theme, voice, etc.) so people can instantly recognize it

Tip #5: Stand out with music, voice-over and text effects

Music adds another layer to the Reels viewing experience. But choosing the right song to go along with your content can also help you improve discovery -- since songs are now searchable too! 

Instagram Reels Tips: Use music, voice over & text

Here's how to make your Reels stand out:

  • Choose music and sound effects that match your content to improve the viewer's experience
  • Make your videos accessible to more people by adding text or subtitles
  • Add a personal touch by narrating the video yourself with the voice-over feature

Tip #6: Get discovered with hashtags

Use the right hashtags in your caption to get your content in front of more people. Pallyy's AI caption generator tool helps you find the right hashtags to match your caption in just a few seconds! 

Instagram reels tips, get discovered with hashtags

Related articles:

  1. Instagram Reels [Complete Beginner's Guide]
  2. Guide to Scheduling Instagram Reels
  3. Instagram Reels Sizes & Dimensions
  4. How to make a Reel on Instagram
  5. Instagram Reels Ideas

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