How to Make a Slow Motion Video on Instagram

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Tijana Social Media / Instagram

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Videos in particular are one of the options that Instagram users love to use to express their creativity. Users can edit videos within Instagram before posting them on their profiles, thanks to a couple of built-in options.

However, many have wondered how to make a video slow motion on Instagram?

Instagram users are able to create slow-motion Instagram Reels and Stories, but if they want to create slow-motion videos directly from the social media platform and post them to their Feeds, they are unable to do so.

Nevertheless, in this blog post, we will show you where the slow-motion option is in Reels, Stories and how to apply the effect on your videos before posting them to Feeds.

How to use the slow-motion effect in Reels

Reels is one of Instagram’s biggest updates and since the platform implemented the option, many love creating fun and short videos.

Among the many options in the Reels section is the option for slowing down Reels videos.

Here is how to find it:

  1. Tap on ‘Your Story’ in the upper left corner.
  2. Tap ‘Camera’, then tap ‘Reels’.

instagram reels effect

  1. Tap ‘Speed’ and .3x, .5x to slow down the video.

instgaram reels slow motion effect

Additionally, to speed up the video tap on 3x or higher.

To return it back to regular speed tap on 1x.

How to post Instagram reels in slow motion on Feeds

  1. Tap on the 'Plus sign'.
  2. Tap on Reel.
  3. Tap on the 1x and choose .3x to post a reel in slow motion.
  4. Tap preview, then tap next, select share.

How to use the slow-motion effect in Instagram stories

Users can also share slow-motion videos in stories.

Users can find this feature when they apply boomerang effects to their stories.

  1. Tap on ‘Your Story’ in the upper left corner.
  2. Tap on the boomerang effect.
  3. Choose slo-mo.
  4. Tap ‘Send’.

How to post a slow-motion a video as feed post

As mentioned previously the Instagram app does not have a built-in option that enables users to apply slow-motion effects to their videos if they want to share them as feed posts.

However, there are few quick and easy alternative ways users can try out for this purpose.

  • Use the slow-motion effect from your camera app.

iPhone and Android users can simply use the slo-mo effect from your camera app. Tap on the camera app, swipe to find the slow-mo effect, and start filming a video. Next, post the video on your Instagram profile and add an effect or trim it if you want to.

iphone slow motion camera effect

  • Use a free editing app

Another thing you can try is downloading a free editing app on your phone. Usually, these apps offer more features for adjusting the speed than the ones you can find on Instagram or within your smartphone.

All you have to do is head to the App Store or Play Store and type in slow-motion effects and choose the app you think will fit you the most.

Learn how to enable camera access on Instagram to start making slow motion videos.