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18:35  12 november  2019
18:35  12 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Instagram ' s testing a new short-form video feature called Reels that seems an awful lot like rival social app TikTok . Reels will let people make short videos The Facebook-owned photo app will also feature some Reels in the Explore tab during its test. The feature is available in both its iOS and Android

Instagram has launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok . As reported by TechCrunch and Variety, the They can share them to their stories, send them via DMs, or post them to a new section of Instagram ’ s Explore tab called Top Reels , where the

Instagram's testing a new short-form video feature called Reels that seems an awful lot like rival social app TikTok . Reels will let people make short videos set to music and share them on their Instagram Stories or more directly with friends. The Facebook-owned photo app will also feature some Reels in the Explore tab during its test.

a drawing of a face: Instagram says its collecting feedback on the new feature. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Instagram says its collecting feedback on the new feature. Angela Lang/CNET a person standing in front of a window: Instagram Reels let you add music and change the speed of videos. Instagram© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Instagram Reels let you add music and change the speed of videos. Instagram

The feature is available in both its iOS and Android apps starting Tuesday, but only in Brazil for now. Instagram said it'll collect feedback as it tests the new feature.

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Unlike TikTok , however, Reels will benefit from Instagram ' s direct messaging features. Not everything needs to be shared publicly, as TechCrunch reports that users can post Reels to a Close Friends group or via a Direct Message. The new feature sits alongside the Boomerang and Super-Zoom selectors

Instagram is adding some much-needed editing tools for Reels like timed captions so words appear in certain scenes, and a ghost overlay option for lining up transitions so they look fluid. Still, Reels lacks some of the video filters and special effects that TikTok has purposefully built to power certain gags

"We're excited to test Reels, a new Stories format that gives our community a way to create entertaining, short-form videos with music," said Robby Stein, Instagram's director of product, in a statement. "Instagram Stories has always been a home for expression and we believe this new format has huge potential to enable more creativity for people."

If Reels sounds familiar, its likely because it seems to take some notes from TikTok. The widely popular app let you watch people lip-syncing or dancing to songs, or create short videos of yourself doing the same. TikTok reportedly said in July it had over 500 million monthly active users across 150 countries and regions -- that's more than Twitter and about half of Instagram's base.

Instagram is testing a new video editing tool called Reels that copies TikTok’s best features

  Instagram is testing a new video editing tool called Reels that copies TikTok’s best features Only available in Brazil

Instagram is launching a video-music remix feature to finally fight back against Chinese social rival TikTok . Instagram Reels lets you make 15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories, with the potential to go viral on a new Top Reels section of Explore. Just like TikTok , users can

Instagram is adding some much-needed editing tools for Reels like timed captions so words appear in certain scenes, and a ghost overlay option for lining up transitions so they look fluid. Still, Reels lacks some of the video filters and special effects that TikTok has purposefully built to power certain gags

Instagram says its collecting feedback on the new feature. © CNET

Instagram says its collecting feedback on the new feature.

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