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How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram — Complete Guide

How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram — Complete Guide

August has come and passed. In a few days, September will arrive, signaling the last 4 months of 2022.

How time flies, right?

Now that you mention it, isn’t it fitting that you start planning to create a recap video on your Instagram account?

But, isn’t that trend so 2021? 

Well, despite the recap video being last year’s trend, you can always bring that in 2022. 

Not only will you be able to see the highlights of this year again, but you’ll be able to see how much you have accomplished.

But, for you to make a recap video on Instagram, you got to know the basics, which I’ll show you in a bit.

 

How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram

One way to make a recap video on Instagram is to search for a recap video and use it as a template. Another way is to download a video editing app and choose 45-90 photos, making sure to have a 0.1s-0.2s interval between each photo except for the first photo, which should not exceed the 3.5s mark.

 

Method 1: Making a Recap Video on Instagram Using an IG Reel as a Template

Note: The steps below apply to phones that operate on Android and iOS.

Step 1: Before you begin working on your Instagram recap video, select 45-90 photos or videos from your photo gallery.

If the photo or video isn’t on your phone’s gallery, then search your social media app uploads and albums for that particular image or footage.

Once you find them, download them to your phone and store them in 1 folder for easier retrieval later on.

Step 2: After downloading all the photos and/or videos you want to use for the recap video, launch the Instagram app.

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Step 3: On the Instagram app, tap the “Search” button, which takes the shape of a magnifying glass.

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Step 4: You’ll then see a search bar on top of a set of reels, videos, and photos. 

Tap the inside of the search bar and type in it “recap video.” 

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Then, press the “recap video” option that appears below the search bar.

Step 5: A gallery of the videos and reels that are related to the keywords you typed earlier will then appear.

Press at least one of those reels to view it. Make sure that the reel has a “Use template” sticker on it.

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Step 6: Once you find an IG reel with the “Use template” sticker, tap the meatballs menu on the lower right of the screen.

Then, press the “Use as template” option on the menu that appears. You can also just tap on the “Use template” sticker once to achieve the same effect.

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Step 7: You’ll then end up on the editing page.

From there, choose the images that will appear on the recap video you’re making. Tap the “Add Media” button to begin adding pictures to the reel template.

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You’ll see the number of images that are required on the top part of the page.

Step 8: Once you’re done adding the required number of images, press “Next” to continue.

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Step 9: Wait for Instagram to finish processing the creation of your recap video. Then, watch a preview of the recap video you’re making.

Once it’s done, press “Next” to proceed.

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Step 10: You’ll then be redirected to the reel editor page. You can now add music, similar to how you add music to an IG story without a sticker.

You can even add effects, text, and stickers to make your recap video more entertaining.

How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram Using a Reel as a Template Step 10.1

You can also tap “Edit clips” (on Android) if you want to add more images to the video.

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Then, Press “Next.”

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Step 11: The “New Reel” page will then appear.

From there, you can begin writing a caption on the space provided.

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You can also switch the “Also share to Feed” toggle off so your recap video will only be uploaded on IG reels.

Then, begin tagging people (if you want), and even rename the audio used on the reel template if you want.

Tap “Add location” to add your location to the reel you’re about to post.

Step 12: If you have nothing else to tweak, press the “Share” button to upload your recap video on Instagram reels.

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But what if you don’t want to use another person’s recap video as your template? Well then, not to worry, as you definitely can start from scratch.

 

Method 2: Making a Recap Video on Instagram Using a Third-Party Video Editing App

Note: Though you can use the video editing app that you’re comfortable using, it’s recommended that you use Inshot as it’s easier to make a recap video with it.

If you haven’t installed it on your phone, head to Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS) to download it.

Also, the steps for this method are the same for phones operating on Android and iOS.

Step 1: Like in creating a recap video with a template, you need to choose 45-90 photos and videos and save them in a single folder for easier retrieval.

Step 2: Once you’ve selected all the images and/or footage for your recap video, save the audio that’s used for the said footage.

Step 3: Once the images, videos, and music are ready, launch the Inshot app.

Once you’re inside Inshot’s “Home” page, tap the “Video” option. 

How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram Using a Third-Party Video Editing App Step 3.1

If this is your first time using Inshot, a prompt will then ask you whether to give the app access to your photos. 

Tap the “Allow access to all photos” to proceed.

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Step 4: On your phone’s gallery, choose the photos and videos that you want to include in the recap video you’re making by tapping on them.

Again, I can choose between 45-90 photos and videos, depending on how fast I want the transitions to appear.

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Once done, press the “✔” button. 

Step 5: Allow Inshot to process all the photos and videos you selected.

You will then find yourself on the video editing page of Inshot.

From there, tap the “Canvas” option on the taskbar.

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Step 6: From the various canvas options, tap the “9:16” ratio option.

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But, if you find that the video doesn’t occupy the screen as it should be, drag the slider to adjust its size accordingly.

Then, press the “✔✔” and “Ratio.Zoom. Apply to All” buttons to save and apply the canvas size you chose earlier to all the slides.

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Step 7: Then, tap “✔.”

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Now, begin adjusting the timing of the images and videos you added.

Tap on one of the images or videos and adjust its interval if you haven’t yet. 

Make sure that the first image or video you added does not exceed the 3.5s. For example purposes, I made use of the 3.3s duration for the first clip of the recap video.

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Then, the following images should only have 0.1s (for 90 images/videos) or 0.2s (for 45 images/video) duration.

One way to do it is to individually tap and drag the images to the desired duration.

But, a quicker way to do this step is to press on the second image. After which, tap “Duration.”

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Step 8: You’ll then be redirected to the “Duration” editing page.

After which, drag the slider to the left until you reach the 0.1s or 0.2s mark. 

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Once you’re done tweaking the duration of the images, tap the double checkmark icon and the “Duration. Apply to All” option to apply the said setting to all the images at once.

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Step 9: Add the audio you saved earlier by tapping the “Music” button.

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Then, press “Music” and choose “Imported.”

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From there, tap “Files” from the menu that appears and select the audio you saved earlier.

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Then, save the imported file as “Music” by tapping on “OK.” 

Once it’s saved, tap on the music file and press “Use.”

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Step 10: The music file will then appear on top of the video reel you edited its duration earlier.

If you want the audio clip to play at the beginning of the video reel, press the white bar and tap “Video beginning.”

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But sometimes you can’t do this move due to the music file limit.

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Step 11: To save the changes made on your recap video, press the “✔” icon.

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Then, press “Play” to watch the video’s preview.

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Save your new recap video by pressing the arrow-up icon on the upper right of the editing page.

But, on Android phones, you’ll find this arrow-up icon as “Save.”

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Then, tap “Save” if you don’t have changes to the resolution, frame rate, and format of the said footage.

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But, if you do, just press on each of the categories and tap the option you want for them.

Step 12: Launch Instagram from the Inshot app and press “Open” once a message prompt appears that the app wants to open IG from it.

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Then, press whether you want to upload your recap video as a “Story” or on your “Feed.”

On Android phones, you even have the option to share your recap video in “Chats.”

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For this tutorial, I’ll choose the “Feed” option.

Step 13: Tap “Next” if you don’t have other files to upload to your new post.

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You can now add text, stickers, and other effects to your recap video by tapping on the icons on the top of the screen.

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Step 14: Press “Next” to proceed.

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Step 15: Write a caption, tag people, rename the audio, or even tap the “Also Share to Feed” toggle to activate it before you post your new recap video.

Then, tap “Share” to upload it on IG as a new reel.

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Wow! It’s so easy to create that popular recap video!

So, start creating your very own recap video on Instagram now!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Make a Recap Video on Instagram

 

Can I share the recap video I made as an Instagram story?

You definitely can share the recap video you made as an Instagram story. Just tap the “Story” option for you to be redirected to the story creator page. Then, make sure that the “Story archiving” option is turned on so you can view it later on.

 

Can I create a recap video out of images only?

You definitely can make a recap video on Instagram using images only. Just make sure to follow the rules about the duration of the clips so you can still achieve the same effect when using videos.

 

Why use 0.1s or 0.2s for the duration of the other clips on the recap video you’re making?

Using the 0.1-0.2s duration for the clips on your recap video is needed so that it can match the upbeat tempo of the music clip used. Any longer than that and your recap video will appear slow.