Instagram is testing longer Reels

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Instagram is testing longer Reels with video uploads. According to an example posted by Justin Jarvis and shared by Matt Navarra, some users can now post up to three-minutes long videos up from the previous 90-second limit.

Though, Instagram has been testing the ability to upload longer Reels for sometimes now, this is the first time it is been seen live while being tested.

According to Social Media Today, users can only use pre-recorded videos as longer Reels uploads, as against capturing them via the Reels camera.

It is important to state that longer videos are in high demand these days, especially on TikTok; and it is not a surprise that Instagram is thinking along that line.

Longer videos will help to keep users on Instagram engaged, while providing creators avenues to upload interesting content.

In August, Reliable leaker and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, reported that Instagram was working to expand video limits in Reels to 10 minutes.

In a short statement made available to Engadget, Meta said the screenshots obtained by Paluzzi were real but added that they represented an “internal prototype.”

In July, Instagram launched new templates to make it easier for users to create engaging videos. 

The new template browser can be accessed by tapping on the “create” button from the home page, then selecting the “Reel” option. Tap the images in the lower left corner of the screen to open your camera gallery, then tap on “Templates.” You can also find the Template Browser through the Reels Tab by simply tapping on the camera icon, then tapping “Templates.”

Instagram finally started allowing users to download Reels posted by others and share them outside the app. This is one feature that has been available on TikTok for years now and has helped the app gain popularity among millions of people all over the world.

To download Reels, simply go to their camera roll and click to download. The same can also be shared with a share icon, following which you select the Download option.

The new Template Browser will allow users to sift through templates by category. Users can browse templates according to recommendations and latest trends. 

Templates allow you to create a reel by reusing elements from another reel you love. Simply drop in your own videos and photos to save time and put your own creative spin on a reel. 

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Author: Ola Ric

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