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7 of the Best Apps for Editing Your Instagram Reels


By Jasmine Roberts

Updated on January 6, 2023

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Result: Reel-y good Reels 😎

Published January 6, 2023

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Reel talk: Editing Reels can be time-consuming. 

For instance, a 20-second Reel can take hours to edit, depending on the number of transitions or clips you have. 

White Lotus Tanya Meme - "These edits are trying to murder me"

But with the right tools, you can cut down your editing time, streamline your workflow, and get back to planning and creating content. 

We're sharing seven of the best apps for editing Reels in 2023, below.

7 of the Best Apps for Editing Instagram Reels

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

  1. Instagram 

  2. InShot

  3. FilmoraGo

  4. Splice

  5. Clips

  6. LumaFusion

  7. CapCut

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 the game-changing introduction of Instagram Reels Templates, you can quickly copy clip timings of an existing Reel — saving you tons of time and effort.

How? It provides time-stamped templates to guide content creation within the app:

Instagram Reels Templates Creators Example

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!

FYI: Later is a social media scheduling tool trusted by over 4M businesses, creators, and social media managers. Plan and automatically publish your Instagram Reels with Later — create an account today:

Editing App #2: InShot

InShot is a free app that’s 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:

Plus, InShot lets you trim, split, merge, and adjust the speed of your videos too.

Psst, we interviewed creator Olivia Noceda about pivoting to a Reels-only strategy (and she uses InShot — learn how): What Happens When You Only Share Reels on Instagram?

Editing App #3: FilmoraGo

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

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

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

Editing App #4: 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:

Ready to save time planning your Instagram Reels? Start scheduling your Reels with Later — sign up today:

Editing App #5: 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.  

If you want to keep up with trending audio, bookmark this blog post: The Top Instagram Reels Trends to Try This Week — updated weekly! 📌

Editing App #6: 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.

Editing App #7: CapCut

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

Create seamless effects like slow-motion, bounce, or even animations to make your Reels pop:

CapCut is all about keeping things simple with fresh editing effects right in the palm of your hand. Need we say more?

Instagram Reels are an effective way to flex your creative skills, tell a story, and even drive sales.

But in order to streamline your editing time, you need to be equipped with the right tools. 

Luckily, with these seven apps, you can edit your Reels in no time.

Just post, and watch the views roll in.

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