How to Reverse a Reel on Instagram

Reverse Reel on Instagram

Instagram Reels is a new feature added to the already feature-packed Instagram app. The feature lets you create 15-second videos within the app with a host of customization options. In this article, we will cover how to reverse a video in Instagram Reels to make it stand out against the rest.

Can you Reverse a video on Instagram?

While there was a short stint during which Instagram has introduced a reverse setting for recorded videos on the app, they have since removed it. Reels too does not have a native setting to reverse a video. This is unfortunate, as we would have liked to see one, given that Snapchat has had it for years now.

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How to Reverse a Reels video on Instagram (unofficially)?

So, since Instagram does not have a native function to reverse a video, we will be using our old trusted Snapchat instead. Luckily, Snapchat lets you save a recorded video. This means you can record the video in reverse in Snapchat, then upload it to your Instagram Reels! Here is how you can go about it.

Record a video on Snapchat

Launch the Snapchat app on your phone. Use the Snapchat camera to record your video.

Once done swipe to add filters to your video. The motion filters are after the color filters. Swipe left seven times to reach the reverse filter.

Once you have applied the Reverse filter, you can download the video by tapping the save button in the bottom left corner.

Upload the video to Reels

Now it’s time to upload that video to Instagram Reels. Launch the Instagram app, and swipe right to reach your camera screen. Alternatively, you could tap the Story button in the top left corner. Now select the ‘Reels’ tab from the bottom panel.

To upload a video from your gallery, tap the button in the bottom left corner. Select the video to upload it.

Once you have your reversed video, you can easily post it to your profile. This is the same as posting an image or video. Tap the arrow button in the bottom right to bring up the sharing page.

How to reverse a video using third-party app

If you do not have Snapchat or just don’t want to use its incredibly bad camera, you can use a third-party video editing app to reverse your video. This way you can shoot a video from your native camera app and then reverse it.

We will be using the app ‘Reverse Movie FX’. Use the link below to download the app to your phone.

Download Reverse Movie FX app: AndroidiOS

Go ahead and record your video using your phone camera. Now launch the Reverse Movie FX app. Tap ‘Start Reverse’, then ‘Choose movie’.

Select the video clip that you would like to reverse from your gallery. Tap ‘Start’ to reverse the clip.

Once you have your video reversed, use the above method user ‘Upload the video to Reels’ to add your video to Instagram Reels.

You can create some cool effects when you reverse a video. Go ahead and play around with the option to make your Reels video really stand out. If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.


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