Instagram is making another brave move toward becoming the app it seems to so much admire after effectively mimicking TikTok’s short video format. All of the company’s videos may become Reels, according to reports. In the event that this choice is implemented, you won’t be able to broadcast a simple video of, say, your cat napping on your grid any longer; you’ll have to turn it into a reel. Reels appear to be taking the place of Instagram videos, so I hope you like them.

Given that there aren’t many changes between Instagram videos and Reels, this might not seem like a major concern. The primary differences are that producers can use audio from other creators in Reels but not in regular videos, they have access to a music library, editing tools, and more filters on Reels than they do on videos, and they can create a “remix” on Reels but not on ordinary Instagram videos. The remix is a feature that also imitates TikTok’s Duet functionality, which enables creators to create their own Reel right next to an existing Reel. In essence, it appears that Instagram wants you to quit publishing videos entirely and instead to posting Reels. Additionally, reels are easier to find than conventional videos.

Sophia Smith Galer, a senior news correspondent for VICE World News, noted on Twitter that it will be challenging for videos to be submitted in a horizontal or square format because of how that will appear on the Reels page. Will the video have the sides cut off, will it have that awful blurring effect to keep it on your screen, or will the edges just be blacked out? Another person questioned whether this meant that the duration of all videos will be limited to 90 seconds. A spokeswoman for Instagram told TechCrunch that the company is “trying this feature as part of our efforts to simplify and improve the video experience on Instagram,” though the company did not immediately reply to Mashable’s request for comment.

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