Level Up Your Instagram Stories: 15 of the Best Apps (2/2)

Here are more apps to help you level up your Instagram Stories. Let’s jump into!

8. CutStory

CutStory app

Price: Free, with some paid features
Download: iOS only

What to use it for: The 15-second maximum is one of the best and worst things about Instagram. Sure, short content is fun and engaging. But it’s also super limiting.

For Stories you can’t express in under 15 seconds, there’s CutStory. This app lets you divide long videos into a series of shorter clips. You’ll end up with a continuous stream of videos that you can post as Instagram Stories.

Key features:

  • Cut long videos into Instagram-length clips
  • Export videos without compressing them
  • Post videos filmed more than 24 hours ago
  • Works for all video formats

9. Lifelapse

LifeLapse Instagram Story app

Price: Free, with some paid features
Download: iOS or Android

What to use it for: Want to make your Story stand out? Try stop motion animation. Lifelapse lets you create professional-looking animations right from your phone. It also includes a range of editing tools. You can add stock music and filters, adjust the play speed, and more.

Key features:

  • High-production value
  • Explore stop motion animation without any editing skills
  • Helpful tutorials to help you master the basics
  • Includes an interval timer to help you time your video just right

Want to learn more? Lifelapse’s demo video gives you a taste of what’s possible.

10. A Design Kit

A Design Kit Instagram Story app

Price: Free, with some paid features
Download: iOS only

What to use it for: This Instagram Story app helps you bring colour to your content. Add vibrant stickers, backgrounds, and text. Get creative with one of A Design Kit’s many brushes. You might be more of an artist than you expected.

Key features:

  • Realistic brushes for drawing colour or textures
  • Tons of stickers and backgrounds
  • 30+ font options
  • 120+ designs and templates

To see what A Design Kit can do, browse their free tutorials. Follow the #adesignkit community on Instagram to spark more ideas.

11. PhotoGrid

Photo Grid app

Price: Free, with some paid features
Download: iOS or Android

What to use it for: PhotoGrid’s versatility may be its greatest strength. Use it to create GIFs, slideshows, and memes. Add AR face filters and stickers to your Stories. Plus, beautify your profile photos by smoothing out imperfections.

Key features:

  • 300+ templates for photo collage
  • 60+ filters
  • 90+ backgrounds
  • Compatible with different aspect ratios
  • Includes a meme and GIF generator, scrapbook feature, smart face filter, and more

12. 8mm

8mm app

Price: $4.49 US
Download: iOS only

What to use it for: #ThrowbackThursday, anyone? 8mm is one of the top Instagram Story apps for creating vintage-looking content. It lets you experiment with old-style grains, lenses, and video effects. And because you can use its filters live, you can edit as you record.

Fun fact: Malik Bendjelloul used 8mm in his Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man.

Key features:

  • Supports up to 4K HD recording
  • 8 unique lenses
  • 13 retro film styles
  • Live edit or apply effects to existing footage

Check out this sample video to get a sense of what 8mm can offer.

13. Microsoft Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse app Level Up Your Instagram Stories

Price: Free
Download: Android or Desktop

What to use it for: Want to create a timelapse from an old video? Hyperlapse has got you covered. This app lets you adjust video speeds up to 32x.

You can import existing videos or record new ones. Choose a speed that will work well for your Story. Then, download and save for easy sharing.

Key features:

  • Choose from 1x to 32x the normal speed
  • Save in HD: 720 and 1080 px are both supported
  • Create a hyperlapse of any video you’ve ever shot

Want to see how it works? Check out Hyperlapse’s brief intro video.

14. Jumprope

Level Up Your Instagram Stories

Price: Free
Download: iOS only

What to use it for: Jumprope is our favourite Instagram Story app for creating “how to” style content. This app lets you share fitness routines, beauty tutorials, recipes, and more.

Play with text overlays, animations, and colours. Export your content to any social platform, including Instagram.

Key features:

  • Step-by-step, personalizable templates
  • Easy editing tools like filters, voiceover, and time-lapse
  • Add music, animations, colors, and patterns
  • Highlight any products you use in a shoppable format

15. VSCO

VSCO app Level Up Your Instagram Stories

Price: Free, but video editing is only included with paid membership
Download: iOS or Android

What to use it for: VSCO is a crowd favourite when it comes to photo editing. But did you know that it’s also available for video?

VSCO’s video tools come at an added cost, but they’re worth it. The paid plan lets you adjust brightness, contrast, temperature, and more. Plus, it lets you apply your favourite photo filters to your videos. That means you can build a more cohesive brand aesthetic across all content.

Key features:

  • 10 free editing presets
  • 170+ paid presets
  • Advanced editing tools, including video
  • Film X feature for creating Polaroid-style vintage content
  • Plenty of helpful tips and tutorials to explore

 

 

 

 

 

 

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