Instagram Stories gets new TikTok-like features

Ruben Fields
January 14, 2020

Instagram rolled out new updates to the Boomerang feature to make your loopy clips even more interesting. The Echo feature accelerates your Boomerang slightly, while the Duo increases your Boomerang's speed significantly.

Moreover, the Facebook-owned social app also earlier launched a new "Layout" feature that will allow users to include multiple photos in a single story.

All of these new features are available in the Boomerang composer inside of the Instagram Stories cameras.

To accessibility these new impacts, take a Boomerang customarily, open the Story cam, swipe over to "Boomerang" on the slide carousel, after that touch the shutter switch or stifle and release. Once you've recorded a video, tap the infinite symbol that appears on the screen to reveal the new options.

As evident from the name, SlowMo will allow users to reduce the speed of the videos to half so they will be played for 2 seconds in each direction.

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It's been nearly five years since Instagram introduced us to the Boomerang effect and since then we've seen thousands of "wacky" short videos on loop posted in our social media. "Instagram is excited to expand on the creativity and give you new ways to use Boomerang to turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected", the company statement reads.

Duo: This filter rapidly rewinds the Boomerang video to the beginning with a digitized effect. Finally, you now have three new effects that you can add to make your Boomerangs exciting again.

These effects aren't exactly new, as other apps like Snapchat and TikTok offer similar alternatives. Boomerang was launched in 2015 and let users create short videos that play in a back and forth loop.

A lot like the trim tool in your phone's video editor, you can decide where the animation loop starts and also stops. In fact, Snapchat and TikTok have far too many effects to create compelling videos. Both Android and iOS versions have got this new feature globally.

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