The word 'reel' is a the term social media platforms use to describe a very short (usually 60 seconds or less) video that you can edit and post using their 'reel editor.' These types of videos were made famous by TikTok but you can now make them on Facebook and other social media platforms too. Do you want to create a reel for your business or for fun? They can seem tricky to create at first, but once you get the hang of it, they aren't so bad.
Reels are a great way to start video editing. Creating a reel can give you a feel for the basics of adjusting the length of clips and stitching them together the way you want. It can also give you a quick feel for how pros lay elements like text and graphics over their videos. My favorite part of reel editors are the fact that they allow you to add hit songs. This is because the song is referenced within the reel and therefore the copyrights are made right with so to speak.
Note that Tik Tok, Facebook and Instagram all have separate Reel editor tools that you can use. This makes reel making pretty much free and accessible (as long as you have access to the internet and a phone camera). Just remember that each of the editors is a little different. Today I'm going to be working with the Facebook reel editor tool.
You can record multiple clips for a reel 'on the fly' while in the editor tool, but this is often tricky and unrealistic unless you want to think fast. If you don't want to be pressured to think so quickly about which clips you want to record (and I often don't), you can create a facebook reel using and recycling videos you already have in your phone’s camera roll and that's what I do here. It can be a little tricky at first until you learn the steps. In the video below, I take you through the steps. I'll show you what each one looks like. Just watch carefully so you don't get tripped up.
Lorna Doone Blackmore