Tips To Resize Your Videos For Instagram Feed, Story, & IGTV

When you resize a video for Instagram, you are effectively ensuring that it appears perfectly and properly on the social media platform.

Those who don’t go through this procedure will find that when they upload their videos, Instagram will automatically go on and crop the videos in order to make them fit its size requirements. Most of the time, this will make your video appear awry and bad, effectively downgrading the engagement potential of the video itself.

Depending on the type of Instagram video post, the size requirements vary.

Here’s us explaining all those different size requirements and how to follow a simple, step by step guide to resize your video for putting on IGTV, Feed, and Instagram Story Feed.

How To Resize Videos For IGTV, Instagram Story, And Feed

When you share a video on your Instagram story, feed, or IGTV and ensure it perfectly fits the screen without cropping anything, you must adjust the video ratios. To post videos on your Instagram feed, you will have to resize your video at the square (1:1) or vertical (4:5). Whereas if you want to post the video on Story or IGTV, you will be required to adjust the Instagram post size to portrait (9:16).

To meet these video size requirements easily, you can use these 3 top online video resizing tools for Instagram.

How To Use The Online Tool Animaker To Resize Videos For Instagram

An absolutely free online tool to resize and edit videos for social media sites, Animaker can be used to resize videos for all types of Instagram Video Posts.

Animaker can be used for other video editing tasks as well. You can use it to rotate videos, mute sounds, merge two different videos together, adjust the playback speed of the videos, flip the videos, and even trim or crop them as per your requirements.

You can resize video for Instagram by following these three steps:

Go to Animaker’s video resizing option. Now before resizing the video, choose the video dimensions in which you want to resize your video. The dimensions for posts on Instagram feed are square (1:1) or

vertical (4:5), while for IGTV or Story, you will have select the size of the portrait (9:16).

  • Now all you need to do is to upload the video you would like to resize according to the selected dimensions. Click on the “Choose Your File” button and browse through your computer for the required file. Once located, click on it and it will be automatically uploaded to Animaker
  • You can scale and reposition your video to ensure the dimensions perfectly fit the desired ratio, or you can resize it by dragging the edge to adjust. Next, you simply apply the changes by clicking on the “Apply” button.

Finally, click on the orange “Download” button placed on the top right corner of the screen and your resized video will be downloaded on to your device.

How To Use The Online Tool KAPWING To Resize Videos For Instagram

Kapwing is another great video editing tool that you can use to resize videos for Instagram’s many different types of video dimensions. It also helps you resize your videos for IGTV directly from your YouTube channel. Here is how you can use Kapwing to resize your videos:

  • the video from an online source by following the URL you paste.
  • Now just pick the right dimensions for resizing your video among the options presented to you on the center-left of your screen. You can pick Instagram stories dimensions or IGTV and feed.

is just like the rest of the two video editing tools mentioned above that you can use to resize your videos for Instagram.
How To Use The Online Tool EZGIF To Resize Videos For Instagram

Using it is incredibly easy. Here’s how you can use it to resize your videos for any type of Instagram post.

What’s The Major Difference Between Instagram Stories, Feed Videos, and IGTV

All three are video content that Instagram users can share and view on the platform. But, the most significant difference between Instagram stories, feed, and IGTV videos is their duration. When sharing stories on Instagram, you can only post content of a maximum of 15 seconds. Whereas for a video on your Instagram feed, the time limit is extended up to 2 minutes, and IGTV allows up to 10 minutes. However, for some specific accounts like celebrity or influencer accounts, IGTV’s video limit can be extended for up to 60 minutes.

This means you can produce a variety of video content that suits the different time limits available on Instagram. For example, you can use stories to announce a limited-time discount or new project. Similarly, the higher time limit of IGTV allows marketers to create more engaging content like how-to-videos, mobile vlogs, Q&A videos, explainer videos, product demo videos, top 10 videos, and so on. Besides, these days a lot of brands are also collaborating with Instagram influencers to produce content like a product review, how-to-use, or recommendation videos.

However, even though IGTV is increasing in popularity as more and more influencers turn to Instagram to create more content. However, it’s still a bit early for it to come close to the popularity of established platforms like YouTube. In terms of total active users, YouTube with 1.9 billion, and Instagram with 786 million, there is still a long way for Instagram to catch up. However, IGTV is still new for content consumers in many ways.

For starters, when an IGTV video appears on a user’s feed, the content stops after 10–20 seconds and the user has to click on the video to watch the full video. This extra step is certainly a nuisance and one that needs to be done away with if IGTV wishes to compete with the likes of Facebook and YouTube in the video segment.

Since the last few years, most smartphones are designed to have screen dimensions of 16:9 or 9:16 when holding vertically. It means if you are recording the IGTV video from your smartphone, you don’t need to worry about Instagram post size as you can directly upload the video from your phone to IGTV.

What Are IGTV’s Video Specs?

If you are planning to produce video content for IGTV and continue engaging with your followers, it is essential to learn about some specifications, which can help you during the video editing process.

Format: MP4

Dimension: 1080*1350 and 1920*1080 for horizontal video

Orientation: Vertical/ Portrait

Video length:

Regular accounts — 15 seconds to 10 minutes

Verified and big account — 15 seconds to 60 minutes

Video aspect ratio:

Minimum — 4:5

Maximum — 9:16

Video size:

For videos under 10 minutes, a minimum file of 650 MB

For video under 60 minutes, a maximum of 3.6 GB

Perhaps the most complex thing to undertake when editing a video for IGTV is the aspect ratio. Simply put the ratio of the width and height of your video is known as aspect ration.

For those who prefer to shoot IGTV videos through smartphones, there is not much need to worry as the aspect ratio here is already in sync with IGTV’s video size specs. But if you need higher video quality and for that, you are using professional cameras, then you will need to resize the video’s aspect ratios every time you plan to post the video to IGTV.

How To Optimize Videos For Instagram?

Creating exciting video content for audiences requires a lot of time and effort. Hence, as a small business, it should be your priority to optimize your videos to ensure they yield desired results and bring sustainable engagement. Interesting content is not enough if it is difficult for viewers to view or comprehend the video properly. When your video is not according to IGTV video or Insta story dimensions, it takes away from the viewers’ overall experience. This is why, before sharing your content on Instagram, make sure you resize videos for the platform using one of the tools mentioned above and ensure you only provide your followers with high-quality content as it directly reflects on your brand.

For a more professional video editing approach for social media sites, you can contact us here at BuzzFlick and we will build a custom plan for you to handle all of your videos and edit them according to each platform’s specific requirements.

Originally published at on August 26, 2020.



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