How to make your video fit on instagram

How To Resize Instagram Videos For Free (Quick And Easy)

Need to easily resize videos for Instagram but are tired of bulky video editors for something so simple? By the end of this article, you’ll be able to resize Instagram videos easily using VEED's free video resizing tool. 

73 percent of the most viewed video content as of 2020 run shorter than two minutes. Whether you’re posting on TikTok or uploading videos to YouTube. You find yourself needing to keep up with trending platforms without necessarily always making fresh new content for each one.

And that’s where resizing comes in.

But that’s not all!

Resizing your videos helps you be a smarter content creator because you’re...

  • Saving time and energy by repurposing your existing content into original content for other platforms.
  • Maximizing your content's lifespan and results by making your videos more easy to digest for viewers on other platforms
  • Taking up optimal screen space for more attention by taking up more screen space to capture attention better (e. g. turn a landscape YouTube video into a vertical video for Instagram) 

Let’s step up your IG game and start resizing some Instagram videos!

Instagram Video Requirements

Instagram doesn’t strictly enforce format requirements and specifics for their videos. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an ideal format for uploading feed videos, IGTV, Reels, and Stories. 

Here’s a cheat sheet of the ideal specs to remember for IG videos:

  • MP4 or H.264 Codec (Video file extension)
  • AAC Audio (for separate audio tracks)
  • Must be between 3 to 60 seconds long (videos longer than 60 seconds should be on IGTV)
  • Only 30 maximum FPS (frames per second)
  • 3,500 bitrate (recommended)

If you want a full guide on the best Instagram video dimensions, check out our full guide.

Instagram Video Dimensions and Aspect Ratio Cheat Sheet

Instagram compresses your video quality which can make your published video end up at a worse quality than your original file. But you want to upload videos to the platform at the highest possible video resolutions while keeping the proper aspect ratio. So how do you do that? 

Here’s our Instagram video dimensions cheat sheet for the minimum and maximum resolutions for Instagram videos:

Orientation Minimum (pixels) Maximum (pixels) Aspect Ratio
Square 600x600 1080x1080 1:1
Portrait 600x750 1080x1350 4:5
Landscape 600x315 1080x608 1.91:1 to 16:9
Stories, Reels and IGTV 600x1067 1080x1920 9:16
Carousel 600x600 1080x1080 or 1080x1350 1:1 and 4:5 (best options) or 16:9 (landscape)

Instagram Feed aspect ratios
  • 4:5 portrait - This is slightly taller than the square format, and it’s my personal favorite. It takes up the majority of your screen on mobile and can effectively catch people’s attention.
  • 1:1 (square) - This is the most widely-used format on Instagram.
  • 1:91:1 (landscape) - Similar to the 16:9 widescreen format, it’s not the greatest aspect ratio to catch people’s attention. It’s smaller than the first two.

Other aspect ratios
  • Reels - 1080px x 1920px | 9:16
  • IGTV video - Vertical video, 9:16 | Horizontal video, 16:9
  • IG Stories - 1080px x 1920px | 9:16 (vertical video)

It’s important to note that when you resize a video for Instagram online, you can make the most out of it by using pre-made Instagram formats in a tool like VEED’s. Our sizing and file export settings are pre-made with the best specs in mind for posting videos on Instagram so you don’t have to even think about it.

How To Crop or Resize Videos For Instagram For Free

Most people think that it’s troublesome to go the extra mile and learn how to crop a video for Instagram. But, trust me, your audience and your engagement rate will appreciate the extra 30 seconds of work. 

The “secret” is to use one simple tool to produce your content so the process is frustration-free.

1. Go to VEED's video cropper and upload video

Click New Project, upload your video file, and name your project.

2. Go to Settings in the left toolbar and click the canvas size drop-down menu

There, you’ll have a bunch of preset video dimensions and aspect ratios to resize your video for Instagram. Refer back to the aspect ratio cheat sheet to see how to correctly resize your video for Instagram depending on the channels.

This has everything, from IGTV to Instagram Reels, make sure to change your original video's aspect ratio to fit the channel. Of course, you can also resize your videos for Reels, which is Instagram’s own version of TikTok.

3. Choose the aspect ratio with the highest potential to capture attention and engagement

Rule of thumb for Instagram videos is to take up as much space as possible. There’s a reason you never see horizontal (landscape) content. The more space your post takes up the more attention you are likely to command by getting those thumbs to stop scrolling.

Would you rather see a 10-minute landscape YouTube video reposted as-is on IGTV 


Would you rather have that 10-minute video trimmed down to a value-packed 2-minute version and placed onto a vertical canvas with title text and captions so you know at a glance EXACTLY what this video is about? 

4. (Optional) Click and drag the corners of your video content to fit it within the canvas

Drag the corners of the video to take up as much or as little space as you want within the canvas. For example, if you’re sharing a video from YouTube video to Instagram you might place the landscape video inside a square canvas and add title text and subtitles in the blank space above and below your video.  

Try to keep the black space on the sides to a minimum (unless you want to keep it for aesthetic or text placement purposes).

Alternatively, you can also click on the video button in the left toolbar and select either Fit frame or Fill frame.

5. Export your video

Download the video file. And you’re done! Download the file as an MP4, since this is the ideal Instagram video format and will preserve the most quality when posting.

Best Practices for Resizing your Instagram videos

So, we’ve shown you how to use the amazing video resizing tool that is VEED. But wait, there’s more. Here are the best practices that you should know to make your videos even more compelling to watch.

I can't emphasize these enough. 👇

1. Crop video for the right platform 

You need to crop video for the right platform. Otherwise, it'll look sloppy and rushed. Your video on Instagram still needs to look professional AND attention-grabbing.

You can consider online resizing tools, so you won’t have to download anything. VEED’s video tools? Highly recommend it!

2. Keep your Instagram Story short! 

Respect the time limit for each channel to keep the engagement high. For your Instagram Story, get right into the meat of the content, instead of rambling along. The average attention span is 10 times shorter than it was 15 years ago.

Bottom line?

Make every second and every word count 👏

3. Engage with your loyal fans through Instagram Live. 

Your live lets you connect with your most active users to build a stronger bond through live engagement. While this has a time limit of an hour, you can restart right after. And you can even publish your live to IGTV.

4. Your phone's camera should be more than enough. 

Professional cameras are great, but your smartphone camera is really all you need. Quality videos are more about covering the right topics and then editing them nicely to generate engagement.

5. Post-production quality matters. 

Depending on the type of Instagram video, upload at the highest possible resolution to minimize the quality loss. You want your video posts not to look too pixelated to prevent disrupting the viewing experience.

Pro Tip: Resize, repurpose, and customize videos like a pro quickly and easily with VEED's Instagram video editor.

Taking Your Instagram Videos to the Next Level

After resizing your video, you can also do other things to up your video quality.Here’s how can you actually do this to take your IG game to the stars:

Trim Videos to Make Them Concise and Value-Packed

Using VEED's video editing online tools, you can also trim your video length in a super quick and easy way. You’ll be amazed at how intuitive this is. Everything with the video length is in the timeline for you to alter.

In the timeline, you can also edit the video length of your subtitles, text, image in video, and so on.

Increase Viewer Retention, Engagement, and Accessibility with Subtitles

Instapage reported 5% higher view time on captioned videos and a 26% drop when captions were removed. Social shares also dropped by 15% when captions were removed. Captions undeniably matter. They're not only useful for those who are hard of hearing but can also catch the attention of those who browse through Instagram videos on mute. With VEED, you can automatically transcribe subtitles and edit them afterward.

And you can also translate them. Huge time saver and engagement driver for the win!

Compress Massive Video Files Into Smaller Easy-to-Publish Files

If your video file size is too large for Instagram’s video limit, you can use VEED to compress your video. Note: the maximum file size for videos under 10 minutes is 650 MB. For those up to 60 minutes, it’s 3.6 GB.

Improve Click-Through On Your Profile Feed with Text on Video (like Gary Vee)

Some content creators add overlay text above and below their videos to indicate what the video is about. You can use VEED to drag and drop text overlays.Some content creators add overlay text above and below their videos to indicate what the video is about. You can use VEED to drag and drop text overlays.

Use filters‍

You can also add filters and other special effects. There’s also a catalog of preset video filters and coloring controls to change your video’s exposure, brightness, saturation, and more.

Start with ready-to-use templates

Not all of us are natural creatives, sad but true. Even so, this should not stop you from creating quality videos on Instagram (or any other social channels). This is where pre-made, beautiful, and customizable templates shine! Have a go with any of the templates that closely align with your personal branding and just tweak a few bits and pieces here and there. Before you know it, you’ve created a masterpiece!

Stock up on high quality video elements

You are not required to whip up everything that’s in your video by yourself. There’s a lot of high quality stock images, stock videos, GIFs, or even frames that you can mix and match for your videos. Once you’ve found out your favorite icons, it’s easier to plan out new videos with it. Plus, you can reduce the risk of poor quality after resizing or editing if you have high quality elements to start with.

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Instagram Video

Instagram Video File Too Large? Here’s how to compress your video.

Instagram has a 4GB limit for video files. This is a crucial detail because file’s that are way too big will need to be compressed, and compressing your video files can often lead to loss in quality.

But should this stop you from producing more valuable content on Instagram? Of course, not! Just head onto VEED’s video compressor, choose a video, and wait for it to be compressed. To name a few compatible formats, there’s MP4 (the best one for Instagram), AVI, and MOV.

How to resize a Boomerang for Instagram?

Boomerang for Instagram is a great app that you can use to create short, loop videos that are ready for publishing. To resize a Boomerang video, just use your two fingers to pinch the video to your desired size and you’re good to go.

Since this app is already compliant with Instagram’s standard quality, using a resizing tool might not be necessary. But if your video has poor quality to start with, a video editing tool like VEED might come in handy.

How to resize a TikTok video for Instagram?

TikTok videos are set on a 9:16 ratio but Instagram only caters to videos on a 4:5 ratio. If you have tried to upload a TikTok video for Instagram, you’ll know that the latter crops the video (and in a bad way). So, what you can do is to either resize a TikTok video using VEED and other video resizing tools, or add a background behind it and manually resize the video. 

How to resize a video for an Instagram story, Reels, and TV?

The fastest way to resize a video for an Instagram story, Reels and TV is to use a video resizing tool like VEED, of course! There are tools available for free online that offer the basic features you’ll need but you can walk towards a more professionally-edited slash resized video with paid tools. 

How to resize a video for Instagram with no watermark?

If you’re repurposing TikTok videos for Instagram Reels, you want to strip it of the TikTok watermark. Instagram could lower your reach for keeping it. Use a free tool like to remove the watermark.

You should now be able to whizz through your video resizing process like a boss. You’ve learned how to quickly resize your video for Instagram.

But also you learned how important resizing can be to help you get more engagement and eliminate frustration from your content creation process 

Resize and edit your first video today with VEED’s easy-to-use video editor

How to Post a Portrait Image or Video to Instagram Without Cropping

Julia Enthoven

3 min

Instagram crops all vertical posts to a 4:5, which means part of a vertical video or photo is cut off. But, if you add a white background before publishing to Instagram, you can post the full 9:16 portrait without cropping.

Instagram crops all vertical posts to a 4:5. Unless your video is under 30 seconds, it won't work on Reels. That means that it’s impossible to fit a full 9:16 video into a normal Instagram video post. If you take a screenshot, film a video clip on your phone, TikTok, or Snap, or if you want to post a Story to your feed, Instagram makes you crop part of it out unless you resize it first.

A portrait video is cropped to 4x5 aspect ratio

To post a full vertical video or image on Instagram without cropping to 4:5, add a white background to make it into a square. Then, you can post the photo or video without cropping out or changing the size. This technique works for pictures, GIFs, and videos. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

  1. Upload to a Resizer Tool
  2. Add a Background
  3. Download and Share

Step 1: Upload to a Resizer Tool

Open Kapwing’s resizer and upload the vertical or portrait photo you want to post. Kapwing’s resizer is free to use and online, so you don’t need to download an app. It supports images, GIFs and videos.

Kapwing's Resizer is quick and intuitive, even for beginners. 

Note: If you want to edit or add filters to your photos, make sure to do this before resizing. That way, the white background won’t be affected by the color changes and adjustments.

Step 2: Resize and Add a Background

Choose the 1:1 option for Instagram (Kapwing also supports 16:9 sizing for YouTube and other formats). You can change the background color and use Kapwing’s zoom and positioning tools to zoom in, crop, or add a border. Click “Export Image” once the preview matches what you want your post to look like!

Choose a new size on the right panel

To take up more vertical space in the Instagram feed, you can also choose to resize your post to 4:5 (the “FB/Twitter Portrait” option on Kapwing).

Step 3: Download and Share

After a few moments, your image or video will be ready for download – you can remove the Kapwing watermark for free by signing into your account. Since your photo/video now has a 1:1 aspect ratio, you can now download and publish it without cropping on Instagram.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

Steps for saving the image on iPhones

I hope this article helps you share your un-cropped vertical videos and portrait photos with the world! Kapwing’s one-click editor was designed for people with no previous editing expertise, so don’t be afraid to try it out.

For more information on how to resize a video for Instagram, check out this video tutorial:

For more ideas, tutorials, and features, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page or our YouTube channel! And remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about!

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How to add video to Instagram: from a computer or phone

Instagram is a specific social network that puts visual content first. Moreover, videos are now at the peak of popularity - they allow to significantly increase the reach and engagement of . However, adding a video to Instagram is more difficult than adding a photo. Many are faced with unpleasant situations when the file does not load or its quality deteriorates noticeably.

Today we will tell you how to upload a video to Instagram from a computer or phone. How to post any video to Stories. And also how to deal with the problems that arise when working with the video format.

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How to upload a video to Instagram: from your phone and computer

From your phone

Everything is done directly from the application on your smartphone or mobile phone.

Step #1. Launch the Instagram application and click on the button to add a new post ("+" at the bottom of the screen).

There are two options here:

  • you can record from the camera by switching to the "Video" section by pressing and holding the button in the middle;
  • add a video from the gallery, after which you need to click "Next".

Step #2. Now you have the opportunity to edit the video. In the "Filter" tab, you can use one or another effect.

Step No. 3. In the Trim tab, you can trim the video, to do this, use the slider under the clip. Please note: the shortest video duration in posts is 3 seconds, and the maximum is 1 minute.

Step No. 4. The "Cover" tab is needed in order to select the main frame that will be shown to users before playback. You can also turn off the sound using the corresponding icon at the top of the screen.

You cannot upload a custom cover image.

Step #5. Click "Next" - you will see the registration screen. At this stage, you can specify a geo, come up with a caption for the publication, and so on. More on the topic : How to make a post on Instagram .

After performing the necessary manipulations, click on the "Share" button, and all your followers will see the published video.

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From a computer

The easiest and most convenient way is to use the free Gramblr program.

Step #1. Download the software from the official site and install it on your computer.

Step #2. After launching the application, enter your Instagram profile data in it, then click on the Log in button.

Step #3. Open the folder with the desired video on the PC and drag the content to the program window. Then finish posting.

How to post videos to Instagram Stories

You can post short videos up to 15 seconds in Stories.

Step #1. Swipe right on the feed or click on your avatar icon in the Stories feed, which is located at the top left.

Step #2. Click on the circle at the bottom of the screen and record a video for stories. Or select a pre-made video from the gallery.

Step #3. Select a pencil symbol to add a picture, or a smiley face if you want a sticker. To overlay a caption on the video, click on Letters. Read more: How to post Stories on Instagram using all the features .

Step #4. After registration, click on the "Recipient" button at the very bottom. Choose from "Your Story" to share with all followers or " Best Friends " to share with a limited list of users.

Instagram video problems

Let's take a look at the most common problems that users face.

The video is not uploaded to Instagram

In most cases, the problem is an unstable Internet connection. Its solution is to search for a Wi-Fi point with a good connection or change the tariff (you can check the Internet speed using the SpeedTest service).

It's also worth knowing the format of the content. Instagram does not yet fully support the new FLV and WEBM extensions. It is more expedient to convert the file to mp4, wmv, asf, m4v, 3q2, mpg, vi, 3gp. At the same time, its size should be up to 128 MB.

Another possible cause of the problem is an outdated version of Instagram. There is a chance that you just need to update the software. You can check it in the App Store or Google Play.

If none of the above methods helped you, there is only one thing left - reset the mobile device to factory settings, after creating a backup copy of all content from external and internal memory.

Degradation of video quality

Despite frequent updates, Instagram consistently degrades the quality of source files.

Video quality deteriorates during publication for the following reasons:

  • the social network compresses the media file to the optimal size to reduce the load on the servers;
  • the format is being changed to the mov standard, which makes content available even on a device with a weak processor;
  • the user has an old version of Instagram installed, which reduces quality more when uploading.

To avoid significant deterioration of the source, it is required to update the application regularly. Live-mode allows you to avoid reformatting and, accordingly, reducing the quality of the video.

Unable to repost video

Share function is not provided by Instagram developers. Make a repost using third-party services.

To share the video, install Regrann, Repost for Instagram, or another version of the program you like on your device. Then go through the identification in the social network, find the desired video and click "Copy link" or "Share".

Video from PC is not added

The application was originally created specifically for mobile devices. Although now developers are actively developing the web version, it still lacks full functionality. So, users cannot upload photos and videos from a computer.

You can correct the situation by installing the official application on your laptop. You can do this through the "App Store", but please note: this solution is suitable for the Windows 8 and higher operating system.

In addition, deferred posting services will help you post videos on Instagram. When choosing a service, pay attention to the support for publishing videos.

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How to record Reels on Instagram?

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Instagram Features

Sharing Photos and Videos

Starting July 2022, most videos can only be shared using the Reels feature. These changes will not affect videos previously posted to the feed and posted to Instagram on the web.

The Reels feature is not yet available to everyone. Some account holders will be able to view Reels videos, but will not be able to shoot them.

The Reels feature allows you to shoot and edit 90-second Instagram videos. Reels videos can be overlaid with various effects and music, as well as use original audio tracks in them.

Video Recording Reels

Instagram app for Android

Tap the icon at the top of the screen or swipe right anywhere on the feed.

Scroll to the Reels option at the bottom of the screen.

Press and hold to record a clip, or tap this icon to start recording and again to end. You can also click on the camera roll at the bottom left of the screen to add a video from it.

Click Preview.

Select Edit Clips to view, trim or delete your previous clip and click Done.

Tap the appropriate icon at the top of the screen to add stickers, pictures, and text to your Reels video. Click to download the video to your device. Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to choose when you want the text to appear on the video and click Next.

Click Edit Cover to edit the cover photo and add a caption.

Select Share or Share to Reels.

Instagram app for iPhone

Tap the icon at the top of the screen or swipe right anywhere on the feed.

Scroll to the Reels option at the bottom of the screen.

Press and hold to record a clip, or tap this icon to start recording and again to end. You can also click on the camera roll at the bottom left of the screen to add a video from it.

Click Next in the lower right corner of the screen.

Select Edit Clips to view, trim or delete your previous clip.

Tap the appropriate icon at the top of the screen to add stickers, pictures, and text to your Reels video.

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