As you might expect, this former TV news gal is a bit of a video editing geek. I love experimenting with the power of video storytelling. Consequently, I’ve been playing around a lot with Instagram Reels and getting quite a few “how-to” questions from you. Whether you’re a style blogger or small business owner, these short/snappy videos are fun… and promotional gold! Wondering how to clone yourself on video? In this post, I’ll be sharing tutorials for three of my favorite Instagram Reels.
However, before we begin, we should touch on the basics…
Instagram reels are short form videos (15-30 seconds) usually set to music. Open your Instagram app and you’ll see the Reels icon dead center. That’s for a reason! In a bid to compete with TikTok, Instagram is heavily prioritizing this feature. What does that mean for you? Several things. Firstly, it may help you reach larger audience on social media. Secondly, you are likely to boost your engagement by using Instagram Reels, provided you use them effectively and creatively.
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Now this leads us back to our initial question… How do you clone yourself on video? Let the tutorials begin!
The cool thing about Instagram Reels is that you don’t need fancy gear to create dynamic content. Rather, you just need some basic video production knowledge and the patience to figure things out. Lots of people edit their Reels in the app itself. That works great for simple edits, but won’t allow you to clone yourself seamlessly. Personally, I edit all my video content on a computer.
If you don’t have access to software like Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID, or Final Cut Pro, you can try an editing app like Wondershare Filmora, Splice, Adobe Premiere Rush. Similarly, free online software like WeVideo or Shotcut will do the job. However, The tricky thing with free use programs, is that annoying watermark. You often need to pay to remove it (and you’ll want to for Reels). Instagram has confirmed content with visible watermarks receives less organic reach.
The tutorial above gives you a quick glimpse of how to clone yourself on video….
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Learning how to clone yourself on video is cool and all… However, you might want to try something else. This jumping video was part of a popular TikTok challenge and is super easy (yet time consuming) to create. You can create this one within Instagram, although it is easier on a desktop editor.
Finally, let’s manipulate time! Enter the quick change. This creative Instagram Reel will have you changing outfits in a flash, merely by stepping behind an object and emerging out the other end. You will need to use a tripod for this.
In conclusion, remember this is just a starting point. There are so many ways to use these three ideas to put your own spin on an Instagram Reel. Enjoy the process, test things out, and don’t hesitate to DM me (or comment below) if you have any questions.