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The Simplest Guide To Instagram Video Sizes In 2021

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Upasna Doshi Clock IconLast Updated on: July 23, 2021

Want to make the best of Instagram videos? In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about Instagram dimensions to make the most of your videos. 

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

- What’s The Best Instagram Video Size? 
- Instagram Video Feed Post Dimensions
- Instagram Carousel Post Dimensions 
- Instagram Stories Dimensions 
- Instagram Reels Dimensions
- IGTV Post Dimensions
- Instagram Live Video Dimensions

1. What’s The Best Instagram Video Size? 

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you figure out the best Instagram video sizes and dimensions:

Type of Post

Recommended Aspect ratio

Recommended Size

Other Sizes Accepted

Instagram Feed videos

4:5

1080 x 1350p

1080 x 608p, 1080 x 1080p

Instagram Carousel posts

4:5

1080 x 1350p

1080 x 608p, 1080 x 1080p

Instagram Stories

9:16

1080 x 1920p

1920 x 1080p

IGTV videos

9:16

1080 x 1920p

1920 x 1080p, 1080 x 1350p (IGTV videos in the Instagram feed), 1080 x 1080p (IGTV videos on the profile grid)

Instagram reels

9:16

1080 x 1920p

No

Instagram live videos

9:16

1080 x 1920p

No

It’s important to use optimal sizes (as mentioned in the table above) for different video posts on Instagram. This is mostly because Instagram compresses photos and videos during upload. If you have used the optimal resolution, video quality won’t be affected when Instagram compresses your post.

Let’s take a closer look at the different types of video posts and recommended video sizes.

2. Instagram Video Feed Post Dimensions

The Instagram feed supports videos of various sizes and dimensions and you can upload a video with a resolution ranging from 1080 x 608 pixels (landscape) to 1080 x 1350 pixels (portrait).

instagram video feed post dimension

 

Keeping user experience in mind - the best dimensions to upload your Instagram video to your feed is 1080 pixels x 1350 pixels.  

This is because the Instagram app does not rotate on smartphones - so when you upload a video to your feed in 1920 x 1080 pixels or landscape dimensions, it will look like this:

 

This is not very engaging for your users. Instead, create feed videos in 1080 x 1350 pixels, like this video by Tastemade:

 

It’s immersive and allows them to fully engage with the visuals.

You can also upload Instagram videos in a square or with 1080 x 1080 pixels, like this one: 

Before we get into carousel posts, here are 3 things you must remember while posting an Instagram feed video:

- It has to be a minimum of 3 seconds to a maximum of 1 minute long. 
- The video file size cannot exceed 4GB. 
- It has to be 30 frames per second. Your phone camera usually shoots at 30 frames per second but if you are shooting and editing on a DSLR, ensure these settings or you can edit the final video to be played back at 30 frames per second.

3. Instagram Carousel Post Dimensions 

Instagram carousels allow you to post multiple videos in consecutive order on your feed. These are a great way to show your audience a process, tell an engaging story, share a before and after, or post customer reviews along with your best-selling product.

Just like Instagram feed videos, carousel posts on Instagram can also be square (1080 x 1080p), landscape (1080 x 608p), or portrait (1080 x 1350p). However, it’s important to note that once you have selected your first video in a carousel, all your videos will be cropped to the same aspect ratio and dimensions.

4. Instagram Stories Dimensions 

Instagram Stories aspect ratios range from a minimum of 1080 x 608 pixels to a maximum of 1080 x 1920 pixels. If you prefer your stories to fill the whole screen, without any borders - it is recommended your video be shot with a resolution of 1080 x 1920p. 

 

Things you must remember while posting Instagram Stories: 

- Each Instagram story can only be 15 seconds long. 
- If you upload a video longer than 15 seconds, Instagram will automatically split them into 15-second segments for up to 1-minute. 

Stories are one of the most engaging features on Instagram and allow your user to get candid with you. To make the most of it, use this exhaustive swipe file of 51 tried and tested Instagram Stories that you can create right away to engage your audience.

5. Instagram Reels Dimensions

Just like Instagram Stories, Reels are meant to be viewed vertically on mobile. Reels are also mostly shot using the Instagram app so you can make the most of their available effects and transitions. The best resolution for Instagram reels is 1080 x 1920p.

Instagram Reels Dimensions

 

Things you must remember while posting Instagram reels:

- Your Instagram reel video can now be up to 60 seconds long. 
- The bottom part of the screen is usually for captions or descriptions - so avoid any important content (text or visual) at the bottom of your reel videos. 

Instagram Reels have been fetching a lot of attention from creators and audiences. If you want to start creating for Instagram Reels, here is a swipe file of 40+ ideas that you can use to create scroll-stopping content for your brand or business on Instagram right away. 

6. IGTV Post Dimensions

Since IGTV is created to view videos on mobile, the recommended size for uploading videos is 1080 x 1920 pixels (portrait). Let’s take a look at this IGTV video by Tastemade that has been shot vertically to make it more immersive for their audience.  

On the other hand, if you have already shot a video in 1920 x 1080p resolution (landscape) for another platform like YouTube, you can repurpose it on IGTV by uploading it in its original format. Here’s an example of Netflix repurposing their videos on IGTV. 

As you can see, when you upload a horizontal video to IGTV, it has a lot of black space above and below the video - so you would want to put a notification, recommending that the user taps on the full-screen icon and views it horizontally on his device.

IGTV Post Dimensions

 

When it comes to IGTV, there is one more dimension you need to worry about. IGTV allows you to give a 1-minute preview that will be seen by your audience when they are scrolling through their feed and on your profile grid.

The IGTV preview is the first 15 seconds of your IGTV video and you can align the frame of this preview during upload to ensure it shows the main part of your video. You can also upload an image from your gallery, the resolution of which should be 1080 x 1350 pixels.

On the other hand, the IGTV preview on your profile grid will be in 1080 x 1080 pixels. This can either be a snapshot from your IGTV video that you can select while uploading or you can upload one from your camera roll. Watch this video tutorial to know how to create a preview for your IGTV video on your feed. 

igtv preview on feed

Instagram Live Video Dimensions

As live streams are broadcasted from mobile devices, for an immersive experience you should shoot them vertically. Instagram live videos have the same aspect ratio (9:16) as Instagram Stories but you can’t change the size of your Instagram live stream, so just follow the process of going live and let Instagram take care of the rest for you! 

Here’s a downloadable visual guide on Instagram video sizes to ensure you’re always posting with the best resolution!

Click here to download

Wrapping Up - 

Now that you know your Instagram video sizes, make sure to use these guidelines to create more engaging and professional content. Don’t forget to read this comprehensive guide on Instagram marketing tips and tricks to level up your Instagram game.

If you have any questions or want to continue the conversation, hop over to the InVideo community and learn from 25K other marketers and video creators just like you! 

FAQs

What size is an Instagram post?

Instagram feed posts support videos of various sizes and dimensions and you can upload a video with a resolution ranging from 1080 x 608 pixels (landscape) to 1080 x 1350 pixels (portrait). To know more about Instagram video sizes for Reels, Stories, and IGTV, read this article.  

How many MB can you upload on Instagram?

An Instagram video file size can be up to 4GB. You can check out a detailed list of video dimensions for all Instagram video formats here.  

Can you upload 1920 x 1080 on Instagram?

Instagram allows you to display your video with a 16:9 widescreen ratio, a 4:5 portrait ratio, or a square 1:1 ratio. This means that Instagram can display your videos at (16:9) 1920 x 1080p, (4:5) 1080 x 1350p or (1:1) 1080 x 1080p. Keep in mind that if your post size exceeds Instagram’s guidelines, it will automatically adjust the video size. Check out this guide to know the optimal dimensions and aspect ratio for every Instagram video format. 

Can you post 16:9 on Instagram?

Yes, you can post a 16:9 post on Instagram. Check these specifications for Instagram feed videos, carousel posts, reels, stories, and IGTV in our detailed guide to know more. 

What is the maximum file size on Instagram?

Your video file for uploading on Instagram can be a maximum 4GB in size. However, dimensions and aspect ratios also play an important role in uploading videos on Instagram - check out our detailed guide on Instagram video sizes here.

What is the best size for Instagram video?

Keeping user experience in mind, the best dimensions to upload your Instagram video to your feed is 1080 pixels x 1350 pixels (4:5 aspect ratio). We have a detailed guide on Instagram video sizes where you can check dimensions for all kinds of Instagram posts like reels, stories, IGTV, etc. 

Can I post a 60 second video on Instagram? 

Yes, you can post a 60-second video on your Instagram feed, stories, reels, and IGTV. 

 

 

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