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The Best App to Edit Instagram Reels in 2023

Navigating the world of Instagram Reels can be a rollercoaster. A common question is, what’s the best app to edit videos? in this post, I’ll walk you through my personal editing process and shed light on some of our other frequently asked questions.

1. Editing: Choosing the Best App

The app you pick can make all the difference. My go to is VN Video Editor App. It’s versatile, user friendly, and tailor made for mobile creators on the go. The free version is packed with all the features you need. And allows you to have a lot of custom control over your edits. Making it my top recommendation for anyone looking for the best free app to edit Instagram Reels. It’s available both for iPhone & Android.

Icon of VN Video App Logo
VN Video App interface, Best app to edit instagram reels

If you need something with more advance tools Capcut is a good option, the only con is they don’t have an option for you to import your own filters to the app.

2. Equipment:

While your own creativity and editing is the primary driver, the right equipment will ensure you get the best quality to start with. Heres what I use:

Phone: I currently use the iPhone 13 / 14 Pro Max for all my videos. I try to go for the biggest storage because videos take up a lot of space and I don’t want to have to wait for them to sync back from the cloud when traveling.

Also, remember you don’t need the latest phone some of our most viral video where shot on iPhone 11.

Gimbal / Stabilser: We also use the The DJI Osmo Mobile 6 Gimbal it helps to make shots extra smooth. Perfect for fast moving shots, creative moves & hotel walk throughs.

Case & Filters: Sometimes I use a Polarpro Litechaser case that allows me to attach filters to it. To make oceans blues and landscapes pop I’ll use the Polariser filter (CPL). For glowy aesthetic evening and night shots I use the 1/4 Mist Diffusion filter that makes highlights glow.

You can explore all my mobile video gear list on my Amazon store.

3. Shooting Settings: Get the best quality out of your phone

The right settings can transform your content, you can use these same settings on Iphone or Android to get the highest quality.

Daytime shots: 4k 60fps. These settings will give you the sharpest videos possible, and using 60fps will allow you to slow your shots down up to 50% in editing if you like.

Night shots: 4k 30fps. This will give you better low light performance and less grain. Under exposing night shots by dragging down the exposure slider slightly also helps to make night shots look cleaner.

4. iPhone LUTs: The Secret to Unique Stand Out Reels

Every reel I create is edited with my custom iPhone LUTs (mobile video filters). Imported directly into the free VN Video Editor app, they give my videos an aesthetic color grade.

iPhone videos are a bit dull straight out of the camera and not quite what you see in real life so adding iPhone LUTs enhances just the right balance of colours. Color grading is something many content creators, including myself, use to make their reels stand out and keep a consistent feed aesthetic. If you’re looking to elevate your video content and get a consistent look on your feed, check out my collection of LUTs (mobile video filters) Here

Editing Colours: Once I’ve chosen one of my filters that suits the clip I head to the adjustments tab in VN Video App and usually tweak the contrast, vibrance, white balance, highlights and shadows. I’ll play around with the adjustments till it feels right. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference you can make.

Edit Instagram Reels with VN Video App an iPhone LUTS
Select a filter and its intensity
Edit Instagram Reels with VN Video App an iPhone LUTS
Make some adjustments
iPhone LUTs filters for VN Video editor by Adriana Maria
Edited with Soft Pop from my Lifestyle iPhone LUTs Pack
iPhone LUTs filters for VN Video editor by Adriana Maria
Edited with Pop from my Lifestyle iPhone LUTs Pack

5. Dive Deeper with Our Mobile Video E-Guide

While this post skims through the basics, there’s so much more to share. Check out my comprehensive Mobile Video E-Guide. It’s packed with insights like export settings to get high quality sharp Reels, social media SEO tips for better Reels engagement, lighting techniques, my color grading tips and much more.

Ready to elevate your Instagram Reels game? With the right tools, filters, and knowledge, every reel you post can be a masterpiece. While you’re around be sure to check out our other creator tips here

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