Instagram short videos makes our life more wonderful, people could find many funny things in this app. So more and more folks would like to upload videos to Instagram for sharing with friends in the world. However, Instagram has many limitations to the unloading videos, like videos’ size, length, resolution, and more. This post will analyze the reasons why you fail to upload videos to it and best solution to fix it.
Before going any further, you have to know the Instagram supported posting video specifications then you can know if your MP4 meets Instagram’s need.
Instagram Video specifications
To post videos to Instagram sucessfully, your video should follow the below specification. Even though it can’t fulfill all the specs, just keep them close!
Composition Size: maximum width 1080 pixels
Frame Rate 29.96 frames per second (max 30fps, but should be fixed, not variable)
H.264 codec / MP4
5,500 kbps video bitrate (although Instagram may reduce this to 3,500kbps when we post it)
AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono (up to 128kbps)
Video length: 3~60 seconds
File size isn’t specifically limited by Instagram, but we recommend keeping your videos under 50MB.
Now check if your video meet the criterion. We can see from above, MP4 would be the best video fotmats to Instagram. However, people still meet issue when posting the video to Instagram, why?
Guess Why You Can’t Post MP4 to Instagram
1. If your MP4 video is from DJI Phantom 4 Pro and iPhone 8 Plus recording, they may be 4K resolution while Instagram only can accept 1080p MP4.
2. Some screen capture software will record video files in MP4 format with variable frame rate. Instagram doesn’t support MP4 video with variable fps and it only can support MP4 video with max 30fps.
3. MP4 is a video container that can hold various video codec such as H.264, H.265, XviD, MPEG4. Instagram only supports H.264 MP4 video.
4. Instagram not only limits the MP4 video codec, it also has requirement on audio codec. AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono (up to 128kbps) will be perfect.
5. Videos need to be at least 3 seconds long and Instagram limits videos to 60 seconds. So make sure your MP4 video is 3 secs to 60 secs.
6. You can’t upload MP4 videos to Instagram from a desktop computer.
7. To upload MP4 video to Instagram successfully, please make sure that you have a more reliable network (3G/4G/WiFi). Until the whole posting is done keel the app open Do not Remove it from Background Task App List.
Try to Post Video(MP4) to Instagram Following the Steps
To upload a MP4 video or record a new one, first tap at the bottom of the screen:
To upload a MP4 video from your phone’s library, tap Library at the bottom of the screen and select the video you’d like to share.
To record a video, tap Video at the bottom of the screen. Tap and hold to start recording, and lift your finger to stop. You can tap and hold again to record multiple video clips and tap to switch between cameras.
Keep in mind that the maximum video length is 60 seconds. Once you’ve recorded or uploaded a video, you can add a filter, a caption and your location before sharing.
However, how can you do when your MP4 video is not compatible with Instagram? You can use a video converter to convert your MP4 video to supported by Instagram and trim, cut MP4 video length.
How to Convert All Videos to Instagram with Most Standard Settings
Even though Instagram has limitations to the uploading file, we still have the way to post any videos to it. With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate | for Mac, you can convert MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, etc with 4K/HD/SD resolution to H.264 MP4 for Instagram, moreover, you also can convert H.264, H.265, XviD, MPEG-4 and other codec MP4 to Instagram compatible H.264 MP4 video. In the conversion process, you can adjust video size from 2160p to 1080p and 720p, video bit rate to 5,500 kbps or 3,500kbps, video frame to 29.96 frames per second or 30fps and adjust audio codec to AAC, audio bitrate to 128kbps to meet all the specs of Instagram.
To meet Instagram video length limitation, you can trim the MP4 video footage or split your MP4 video to several clips to make the video less than or equal to 50MB for Instagram. You also can crop black bar and adjust the aspect ratio to fit in Instagram. In addition, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate also can convert Blu-ray, DVD, ISO, IFO file to Instagram MP4 video. Now, click the right version video converter name to download the software on official page then install it on your PC or Mac. Windows version supports windows 10 and Mac version will work stably on macOS Sierra.
Step-by-Step to Convert Video to Instagram
Step 1: Load video
You can simply drag and drop all your video files into the software. Batch conversion is supported here. You also can import DVD/BD IFO, ISO file to this software.
Step 2: Choose MP4 Format
Click "Format" button to open drop-down list and there you can choose MP4 format. You can choose MP4 format for Instagram in "Common Video" and "HD Video" categories.
Tip 1. Adjust converted MP4 video audio bitrate, codec, size for Instagram
Now, click "Settings" on the main interface to start to adjust video and audio parameters to fit in Instagram according to the below specs.
Video Size: 1080p
Video Bitrate: 3,500 kbps
Video Frame Rate: 29.96 fps
Audio Codec: AAC
Audio Bitrate: 128kbps
You can choose the right settings in this window. When you can’t find the settings you want, you can simply tap it in.
Tip 2. Trim or split MP4 video length for Instagram
Now, click "Edit" to open video editing window. In “Video Editor” there are seven edit tabs: Trim, Crop, Text Watermark, Image/Video Watermark, Effect, Audio Editor and Subtitle.
"The "Trim" feature allows users to decide where to start and where to end when converting the selected clip, so that unwanted segments will be cut out after conversion.
To trim a video, please switch to "Trim" tab in “Video Editor” Interface and follow any of the methods below:
1. Drag the control sliders to include the segment you want to remain.
2. Click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video
3. Input specific values to “Start” and “End” box.
Trim frame by frame: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate offers "Previous Frame" and "Next Frame" options for users to select frames and trim accurately.
If you want to remove certain frame in your video, you can use Pavtube Media Magician. It is a video editor by frame which can enable you cut off video frame and also trim video length by frame.
Tip 3. Split video to 50MB for Instagram
By clicking the “Split” button on file list, or from “Edit” menu, you can launch the “Video Split” window. Checking “Enable” to enable it, and then you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size. We recommend video size to 50MB for Instagram, so here we would split video in 50MB to several clips for Instagram.
Step 3: Start to convert MP4 to Instagram
After all the settings, clicking the Convert button on main interface, you can go to Conversion window to start MP4 video to Instagram conversion. When the conversion ends, you can get perfect 1080p video in MP4 format by H.264 codec with 3,500 kbps video bitrate and 29.96 frames per second with AAC audio codec and 128kbps audio bitrate from your MP4 video to Instagram.
How to Upload MP4 to Instagram from Phone?
We know Instagram can support iOS, Android, Windows Phone, you can install this app on phone, then you can record any moment and upload video to Instagram.
1. Open the Instagram App on your phone
2. Tap on the Camera icon
3. Go to the Gallery
4. Select your Instagram MP4 video file
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