Instagram users probably know what a Boomerang is — the quintessential story tool on Instagram that play short videos played in a loop.
Starting today, Instagram has introduced gave a bit more depth to Boomerangs in three new effects to try out. Instagram users will have three new options to share Boomerang Stories: SloMo, Echo, and Duo. The announcement is an attempt to keep Instagram attractive to users, especially with the increasing competition.
The new filters are available in the Boomerang composer located in the Instagram Stories camera. Once you have recorded a video, tap the infinity symbol that appears on the screen to reveal the new options.
As the name suggests, with SlowMo– Boomerang videos are slowed to half their original speed. Echo adds a blur effect that makes everything move “almost like you’re drunk,” and Duo speeds up the video with a glitch effect as it moves back and forth. It’s also possible to trim and adjust the length of recorded Boomerangs with the update.
These effects are not exactly new, as other apps like Snapchat and TikTok offer similar alternatives. Instagram has made several improvements to the Stories in the last few months to keep users on the platform.
To get the new effects, you need to have the latest version of the Instagram app available on the App Store and Play Store.