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How to film and edit Slow Motion Reels

July 28, 2021

Today I’m going to show you how to film and create a slow motion reel for Instagram. I’ll be walking through how to make an Instagram Reel that’s trending right now, where you show up in slow motion wearing different outfits. I’m putting my spin on this trend and taking you along with me through the creation process! 

How to film and edit slow motion Reels for Instagram

Filming the Introduction

The first thing to do is to film the introduction of this Instagram Reel. To start off, I’ll be sitting at my desk then stand up, so that’s where I’ll begin filming. Since I want my outfits to all look like I’m in the exact space in the film and because I’m not filming in the Instagram app, I marked my floor with a piece of tape so I stand in the same spot every time. That will make editing these clips together way faster! And no one will ever know I put it there! For filming, I’ll place my phone on my smartphone tripod (which makes filming easier). 

Outfits in Slow Motion

During filming, I’m using my iPhone camera app which I found to be easier for this Reel in particular. When I’m filming like this, I try to create as much footage as possible so it’s easier to edit. After the first beginning clip, it’s time to change my outfits and film those clips. Remember to stand in the same spot. For my Instagram Reel, I’m choosing to highlight what I wear from home while I work (I’ve dropped links below for all of my outfits if you’re interested!). For the outfits, I filmed through my camera app in “slow mo”. This means the entire thing I film will be in slow motion, which is exactly what we want for this Instagram Reel trend! For this Instagram Reel, the idea is to pose in these outfits, so you don’t have to do too much for these clips but give yourself a few poses to choose from. 

Editing the Slow-Motion Reels

A quick tip to make your editing easier is to create a folder with all of your videos on your phone. It’s super easy to find the clips when you’re working on them! The first thing you want to do is to trim the videos down to the exact section we want to use of each outfit. So go through each video and adjust the clip then save them. Another quick tip – if you need to change where the slow-motion happens in your clip, you can slide the bar below your video to cover the entire video instead of just the middle section! 

You can also edit your clips in In Shot by selecting where you want to split your video clip. Just delete the seconds before and after that you don’t need! In Shot is a nice way to work around any hiccups you might have in your camera app! 

Adding the Reel to Instagram

When you’re ready to pull the clips into Instagram, go to your Saved Audio folder. Anytime you save a clip for a Reel, you’ll find it here. Hit “use audio” at the bottom of the sound clip you want to use and now you can add your videos. It’s way easier to grab them all out of that folder, so go there and add them in order. Here, you can begin to connect them with the music. For this Reel, you want to change video clips (outfits) on the big “boom” in the audio. After you’ve added all the videos, you can add your text and you’re all done creating the Reel. If you need more tips on how to actually finish the upload process, check out my Full Tutorial on Instagram Reels HERE

I hope this was helpful and inspires you to create some slow motion Reels! Remember to just have fun with them! And if you’re wondering why including more videos on social media is a good thing these days, check out my video about the updates Instagram is making HERE!  

Links to outfits I used: 

Favorite biker shorts

Grey oversized t-shirt

Grey joggers

Green sweatsuit


Dark Purple shirt

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