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8 of the Best Apps for Editing Your Instagram Reels

Updated on November 21, 2023
4 minute read

Result: Reel-y good Reels 😎

Published November 21, 2023

Editing Instagram Reels can be time-consuming — especially if you have a lot of transitions or clips to include.

But with the right editing apps, you can streamline your workflow and save tons of time.

So, we're sharing eight of the best apps for editing Reels in 2024, below.

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8 of the Best Apps for Editing Instagram Reels in 2023

To help you save time and create seamless transitions here are eight of the best apps (in no particular order) for editing Instagram Reels:

  1. Instagram 

  2. CapCut

  3. InShot

  4. Filmora

  5. Prequel

  6. Splice

  7. Clips

  8. LumaFusion

Reels Editing App #1: Instagram

Instagram itself is chock-full of editing effects (like AR, audio, filters, etc.) and tools to help bring your Reels to life.

And with Instagram Reels Templates, you can quickly copy clip timings of an existing Reel — saving you tons of time and effort.

Side by side of two Reels that have the "Use template" button attached to their video.

Previously, you'd have to guess clip lengths required to sync with a specific audio track, and manually adjust your clips.

Now, you can drop your own photos and/or videos into a template, and you're good to go!

TIP: For a full breakdown of how the template feature works, read this blog: Instagram Reels Templates: Create Reels Easier & Faster

Reels Editing App #2: CapCut

With a massive array of music, stickers, fonts, and filters, CapCut is an all-in-one editing app for your Reels content.

You can create seamless effects like slow-motion to make your Reels pop, or make use of their trending templates for timely meme content.

Need we say more?

TIP: To stay on top of the latest memes, bookmark this resource: The Biggest Memes on Social Media Right Now

Reels Editing App #3: InShot

InShot is an editing app best known for its customizable features. 

You can flip through a variety of filters, stickers, text captions, and music selections.

Plus, you can use it to resize your content for Reels dimensions, trim, split, and adjust the speed of your videos too.

ICYMI: We interviewed creator Olivia Noceda about her Reels-only strategy and the editing app she uses: What Happens When You Only Share Reels on Instagram?

Reels Editing App #4: Filmora

Filmora’s mobile video editing platform is designed to make your content more eye-popping.

From its green screen applications to its auto synchronization tools, Filmora is a powerful editing app to make your Reels shine.

Play around with its templates, animations, voiceovers, music, new AI features, and more!

Reels Editing App #5: Prequel

While having an overly "aesthetic" feed is no longer as popular as it was a few years ago, your content should still have a cohesive look and feel.

With an editing app like Prequel, you can add stay consistent with how you design your Reels with their choice of effects, filters, fonts, and templates.

Plus, you can make adjustments such as contrast, exposure, sharpness, and more — win-win! 

Reels Editing App #6: Splice

This easy-to-use app is perfect for cinematic effects, such as the ability to change or customize background videos. 

Other well-known features include trendy filters, speech-to-text tools, and dynamic transition styles and effects.

TIP: If you want to keep up with trending audio, save this blog: The Top Instagram Reels Trends to Try This Week. 📌

Reels Editing App #7: Clips

Created by Apple, Clips is "all about capturing joyful moments, getting creative with Memoji, and amazing augmented reality effects." 

In other words, you can use it to level-up your Reels. 

Clips include pop-up effects, animated stickers, and different music tracks to adjust and match with your Reels.  

Reels Editing App #8: LumaFusion

LumaFusion is a powerful multitrack video editor with advanced layering capabilities in audio, video, and photos. 

These features make LumaFusion one of the best apps for editing Reels.

Between its transitions and audio capabilities, LumaFusion is used by countless professional video editors and producers. Enough said.

So, there you have it — eight apps for editing your Instagram Reels that'll help you save time, be creative, and tell your story.

Just post, and watch the views roll in.

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