I frequently get messages on Instagram asking how I have created a certain border, layout or effect my Instagram Stories. The answer is always “well I have this great app….”. So I thought that it might be useful to list my current favourites in a single blog post.
These 6 apps just scratch the surface of all the amazing options out there. It frankly blows me away that we carry these powerful little computers around in our pocket. So please share any other suggestions in the comments box at the end of this post. I love a recommendation from a friend.
InShot is my first love, it feels very intuitive and straightforward to use. It allows you to create simple borders around images (useful when you want space to add a lot of text) or use several images together in a collage. It is also a video editing app, with the option to overlay text, stickers and music. I use the free version.
Best feature In InShot it is possible to resize images and video to exactly the right (narrow) shape to fit the Stories screeen. Select Canvas 9:16.
Unfold is classy. It’s a place to create elegant and pulled-together stories using a selection of simple templates. It also includes clean, minimal text options, that are more sophisticated than the fonts Instagram has within Stories.
Best Feature you can mix stills images and video on the same template.
Limitations Unfold doesn’t offer you the option to change text colours and formats, or move pictures around the screen. An upgrade with more flexibility would be welcome.
Vont allows you to overlay a large range of text to video. I’m pretty passionate about adding text to video on Instagram because most people watch Stories with the sound off. Tell them what is going on.
There are 400 fonts in the basic app (and more available to upload), and you can have loads of fun with the many colour and shape options.
Canva is really more of a graphic design app. It has masses of templates on offer to create quotes or more professional looking messages. You might find this particularly useful if you don’t use many of your own pictures on Instagram, as it has a big library of stock images. Personally, I mainly use it to create pins for Pinterest, but it has all sorts of uses (I know someone who used it to create a voucher for a friends birthday) and Stories is one of them!
If only I had known about Story Splitter sooner. Instagram only allows you to post 15-second videos in Stories which can be really frustrating especially when you are talking. With Story Splitter you can record a longer clip, upload it to the app which edits the recording into individual 15-second chunks. They are saved straight to your phone in chronological order for you to upload into Instagram. Brilliant.
This may become less relevant now that IGTV has arrived, allowing us to post much longer videos to a separate but integrated app. But I suspect there will still be a lot of video uploaded to Stories for the time being.
Videoleap has been recommended to me as a great app to use if you would like to add music to your video. This is something that is on my learn-how-to list. The app will directly access your iTunes account to allow you to overlay the music of your choice, although beware music copyright issues. It also includes other sophisticated video editing features if that’s your thing.
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