You no longer need to dive into Reels to create collaborative TikTok-style videos on Instagram. The social network has expanded its remix feature to let you do similar collaborations and edits from any video on Instagram. As long as the video was posted after the update, you can choose “remix this video” from the three-dot menu to create your clip response. You’ll still need to share the result via Reels, but you’ll also have the same editing tools to create collaborations, voiceovers, and effects.
Instagram is also doing more to woo livestreamers. You now have the option to highlight your next Instagram Live broadcast on your profile, giving viewers an easy way to set a reminder. You also won’t need to attach a regular feed post to the scheduled feed. While you can’t tease later streams just yet, it could help build hype for an interview or session of anything.
The extended remix functionality could be important. Instagram hasn’t been shy about wanting to counter TikTok, and the Duet feature is a big factor in the rival’s success. The option to remix any video potentially gives Instagram users a wider choice of videos than TikTok, including footage that was not originally intended for this short but sweet format.