It can be frustrating to realize you need to flip a video you intend to post on your Instagram Story to make sense of it, and things become worse when you can’t find a feature that lets you do this within the app. Relax, and learn the workaround for it in no time.
Steps to Flip A Video On Instagram Story On App
It is not impossible to flip a video on Instagram Story, but it is not straightforward. There is no longer a flip button for Instagram Story videos right away, though there was in the past; instead, you need to apply some effects to the video before sharing them with Your Story. Let’s see the necessary steps to do this on your Instagram mobile app.
- Step 1: Sign In To Your Account
Launch the Instagram mobile app and sign in to your account. You may need to download the application from your device’s app store if you don’t have it. Locate the app from your device’s start menu and tap on it to open it.
Next, enter your login details and follow the on-screen prompts until you are on your account’s homepage. You will most likely skip this step if you have signed in to the app on your device; the app will take you to the homepage immediately after you launch it.
- Step 2: Select Create New
Tap on the Create New button at the top right of your Instagram homepage.
The Create New button is a plus icon embedded in a rounded square. Chances are that you are not on the homepage if you cannot see this button, and you should click on the home icon at the bottom left of the screen to return to the homepage. However, you will see the icon from your profile page too.
- Step 3: Tap Story
The Create New button lets you create a new post, Reel, Story, or record a live event. Tap Story from the tab at the bottom right of the page.
Note that you may see a drop-down prompt instead of the bottom tab if you use an older version of Instagram. Locate Story from the options and tap it to continue.
- Step 4: Save the Flip Effect
Your phone camera will be active on the next page, and you can record a video or select one from your camera roll, but you need to apply the flip effect before any of these.
Swipe left from the right side of the shutter button to navigate through the default effects.
Keep swiping left till you get to the end of the effects options. You will see the Browse effects button with a search icon at the end, then click on it to continue.
The button will take you to a third-party effects page where you have other customization options you can apply to your video. Click on the search button at the top right of this page.
A search bar will appear on your screen; type flip mirror in the search bar and hold on for the search results to display.
You can also search for other options like Mirror Live Cam, Inverto, FlipCam, Horizontal flip, Flip camera, or explore other options on the results page.
Tap your preferred flip effect, Flip Mirror in this case, from the result page, and the preview will display on the screen.
Please note that the steps to use other effects other than Flip Mirror may differ slightly from here.
Tap the mark icon at the bottom right side of the page to add the effect to your camera.
A notification will appear on the screen after the selected flip saves.
Next, repeatedly press the back navigation button to return to the page with an active camera.
- Step 5: Select Your Desired Video
Long-press the shutter button to record a video, or click on the camera roll at the bottom left of the page to select a video from your gallery.
Browse through the files in your gallery till you find your desired video, then tap on it to select it.
Proceed to the next step after recording the video if you do not want to post a pre-recorded video.
- Step 6: Apply the Effect
Tap the Story effects button at the top right side of the page after selecting your desired video, and the available effects will display at the bottom part of the screen.
Click on the flip effect you saved earlier, and it will flip the video immediately.
Tap Done at the top right corner to continue.
- Step 7: Post the Story
Click on Your Story at the bottom left side of the page, and the flipped video will go live on Your Story.
You can also post other videos in the same way but in fewer steps, as you will not need to save the flip effect as in step 4 above.
What are the Other Ways To Flip A Video On Instagram Story?
In addition to the method above, you can flip a video on Instagram using third-party video editing applications. This method involves using the flip features in the applications before uploading the videos to your Instagram Story. However, it is only best for pre-recorded videos, and you may need some level of expertise in using video editing applications.
FAQs On Flipping Video On Instagram Story
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you better understand how Instagram Story works.
Instagram converts videos you upload to Your Story to a 9:16 aspect ratio since the Story feature is majorly for mobile use. Hence, it will flip your video if it does not match this vertical orientation.
You can mirror a post on Instagram by searching for a mirror effect and applying the same to the video before sharing it with your followers.
You can flip a picture on Instagram by applying the Instagram flip effects to the desired image before posting it.
Older versions of Instagram may let you flip a video on Your Story using the flip button, but you need to rely on the third-party filter features to do the same on newer versions.
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