Instagram’s latest update will allow users to create a reel of up to 30 seconds. Until now, reels were strictly only up to 15 seconds. Instagram has announced some basic but useful updates for the short video making and sharing feature that is competing with TikTok, just a couple of months after it was launched.
Other updates include extending the timer up to 10 seconds while recording a reel, and the ability to trim and delete any clip. Instagram is expected to roll out these updates to all users soon.
Instagram made the announced for the latest updates for Reels via Twitter. The updates seem to be aimed at making the process of recording and uploading a reel smoother, while also widening the range of videos that can be uploaded.
Reels is a short video making and sharing feature on Instagram through which users can record and edit videos with audio and visual effects.
“We continue to improve Reels based on people’s feedback, and these updates make it easier to create and edit. While it’s still early, we’re seeing a lot of entertaining, creative content,” said Instagram Reels Director, Tessa Lyons-Laing
TikTok lets users record and upload videos that are up to one minute long. While the video-length Reels allows is nowhere close to what TikTok offers, the latest update still doubles the time limit, and may succeed in pulling in more users.
The update may also help Reels stand out from the other features Instagram offers. Giving more scope to edit Reels on the app also may make it less of a hassle to use. Currently, the timer can only be up to three seconds, but the update will increase this to 10.
Instagram says the option to create 30-second Reels is rolling out, while the new trimming and editing features are live now. The Timer extension will also roll out in the next few days.
The features will be available in the 50 countries worldwide where Reels is available and elsewhere, as Reels expands to new markets.