Boomerangs are short video loops that “boomerang” forward and reverse through the action. They are a fun way to share the energy of a scene that wouldn’t come across in a photo, and they’re popular on Instagram and IG Stories. However, with Instagram’s Boomerang app you can only record new videos; you cannot turn saved videos into Boomerangs.

In this article I will show you how to take existing videos and turn them into Boomerangs for free online. There are three easy steps for making a Boomerang from a saved video:

  1. Upload video
  2. Choose Boomerang options
  3. Download your Instagram-ready Boomerang

Step 1: Upload video

Upload your video to Kapwing’s online stop motion tool. It works on mobile and desktop devices and does not require a download. You can upload a video or paste a link to the video if it’s already online to import it automatically. You can also try a sample just to see how the tool works!

stop motion maker

Step 2: Choose Boomerang options

Trim your video to the length you want, cutting out any extraneous beginnings and endings. Footage for a Boomerang clip should be 1-3 seconds long. Be sure to check “Play back in reverse” to make your video export as a Boomerang.

mimic boomerang

You can also adjust the speed and clip rate to adjust the tempo and choppiness of the Boomerang. To mimic the effect of the Boomerang app, select “fast” for speed and “0.2s” for clip rate. Play around with these settings if you want the video to go slower/have a choppier style. Instagram videos must be 3 seconds or longer, so you may need to adjust your options if your boomerang is super short.

Note: In the Stop Motion editor, the video preview will only play the forward section of the video. However, once your video is processed, the forward and reversed section will play one after the other, making for a true Boomerang effect.

Step 3: Download your Instagram ready Boomerang

Click Create! and then Download to download your Boomerang. If you are on an iPhone, this article will help you download your video on iOS.

Your Boomerang video is now ready to publish to Instagram! You can also upload it to other social media or send directly to your friends and family.

For more ideas, tutorials, and features, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page or our YouTube channel!