Instagram launches Reels, an alternative for TikTok

Instagram launches Reels, an alternative for TikTok

Instagram launches Reels, an alternative for TikTok

AlbertflexAlbertflex in August 06, 2020

Short video sharing platform TikTok has less than 41 days to complete a partnership deal with Microsoft or any other U.S. based firm or face being banned by the Donald Trump administration. The U.S Government believes that TikTok's parent company, ByteDance which is based in China collects intelligence from consumers and companies in the US and sends it to Beijing through the TikTok platform. This is the same reason why China-based companies like Huawei and ZTE are considered threats to national security in the states.

Few hours ago, NPR reported that twenty separate lawsuits have been filed against TikTok accusing the company of capturing information about minors and their facial characteristics, locations, and close contacts and sent to servers in China. In response to that, ByteDance stated that the servers it uses for TikTok are located in the U.S. with backups in Singapore.

However, experts believe that personal data collected by TikTok is "under the control of third-parties who co-operate with the Chinese government. Such information reveals TikTok users' precise physical location, including possibly indoor locations within buildings, and TikTok users' apps that possibly reveal mental or physical health, religious views, political views, and sexual orientation."

With the above in mind,  Instagram yesterday announced the launch of a new way to create and discocver short and entertaining videos called Reels. According to a statement by Instagram, "Reels invites you to create fun videos to share with your friends or anyone on Instagram. Record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools. You can share reels with your followers on Feed, and, if you have a public account, make them available to the wider Instagram community through a new space in Explore. Reels in Explore offers anyone the chance to become a creator on Instagram and reach new audiences on a global stage."

How to Use Instagram Reels

To start using Reels, open the Instagram app and touch the camera icon at the upper left corner of the screen. At the bottom of the page, tap on the Reels tab to begin.

When the above is done, you'll see icons for Audio, Speed, Effects, and Timer on the left side of the screen. The Audio settings allow users to search for a song from the Instagram music library. You can also use your own original audio by simply recording a reel with it. When you share a reel with original audio, your audio will be attributed to you, and if you have a public account, people can create reels with your audio by selecting “Use Audio” from your reel. While the AR Effect gives users access too the effect gallery, created both by Instagram and creators all over the world, to record multiple clips with different effects.

Again, the Timer and Coundown sets the timer to record any of your clips hands-free. Once you press record, you’ll see a 3-2-1 countdown, before recording begins for the amount of time you selected. The Align feature helps you to line up objects from your previous clip before recording your next to help create seamless transitions for moments like outfit changes or adding new friends into your reel. Finally, the Speed settings gives you the choices of speeding up or slowing down part of the video or audio you selected. This can help you stay on a beat or make slow motion videos.

Whether you have a public or private account, you can share your reel to your Story, close friends, or in a direct message. If you do so, your reel will behave like a regular Story — it will not be shared to Reels in Explore, it will not appear on your profile, and it will disappear after 24 hours.

Reels in Explore showcases the best of trending culture on Instagram customized for you and you easily like, comment or share your favorite Reels with your friends.

While some reels will be labelled "Featured", which are a selection of public reels chosen by Instagram to help you discover original content we hope will entertain and inspire you.

Reels gives people new ways to express themselves, discover more of what they love on Instagram, and help anyone with the ambition of becoming a creator take center stage.

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7 Comments

SoundgodSoundgod in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

Great initiative, Instagram did well to make sure tik tok won't be missed because we will have Reels....

Wilson24Wilson24 in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

Basically, reel was created to due to security reasons. It's not a bad idea and for me Instagram is the best app for it

Emmy2027Emmy2027 in Aug 13, 2020 Reply

Wow I love reel which you can use to edit your video on Instagram and you add music to a video you want to post

JustseyifunmiJustseyifunmi in Aug 14, 2020 Reply

This is an amazing app from instagram, atleast tiktok won't be missed much.

DharmyDharmy in Aug 15, 2020 Reply

Basically, reel was created due to security reasons. It's not a bad idea and for me Instagram is the best app for it

Abdulsalam103Abdulsalam103 in Aug 26, 2020 Reply

Basically, reel was created due to security reasons. It's not a bad idea and for me Instagram is the best app for it.This is an amazing app from instagram, atleast tiktok won't be missed much

Jozy123Jozy123 in Aug 31, 2020 Reply

Wow I love reel which you can use to edit your video on Instagram and you add music to a video you want to post

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