Instagram Reels: How to Capture Videos Using a Timer

Decide how long each clip will be before you record

Reels enables Instagram users to record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos Instagram


Instagram’s Reels feature allows users to create 15-second videos that contain multiple clips. When you’re creating a Reels video, you have the option to turn on a timer and record clips of specific lengths. For instance, you can turn on a five-second timer, which will cause the application to record a clip that’s five seconds long after you press the capture button. Our guide will show you how to use this timer feature on Instagram Reels.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram app on iOS.

Step 1: On the Instagram Stories Camera, swipe from right to left on the words at the bottom of the screen to move to the Reels camera.

Step 2: Tap the “Timer” icon on the left side of the screen (the stopwatch).

Step 3: Move the pink slider to choose a time between 0.1 and 15 seconds, and then tap “Set Timer.”

Step 4: Tap the capture button at the bottom of the screen to capture a clip with your desired length.

Note: Once you tap the capture button, a countdown timer will appear on the screen before your clip is actually recorded.



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