How to Upload Unsupported Video to Instagram for Sharing?

John Salley

Feb 28, 2017 05:50 pm / Posted by John Salley to BD/DVD Backup

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing application has recently made major updates to their mobile app: users can now post videos from 3 to 60 seconds longs. For those people who have completed video editing on your NLE program, you can export your video, compress it for your mobile devices and send the compressed file to your phone and then upload to Instagram.

Upload unsupported video to Instagram

Best video uploading settings for Instagram

Like other popular video sharing services, Instagram also has strict requirements on the file codec, size, frame rate, bit rate, length, aspect ratio, etc uploaded to it, the following part will list them one by one for you.
– Video codec: H.264 codec / MP4
– Audio codec: AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono
– Size: maximum width 1080 pixels (any height)
– Frame rate: 29.96 frames per second
– Video bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bit rate
– Video length: 3 to 60 seconds
– Apsect ratio: 16:9 or 1:1

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Upload unsupported video to Instagram

If the video you try to import to Instagram doesn’t meet the standards listed above, Instagram will fail to recognize the video or you will get a poor quality video. To fix all those incompatible issue, you can have a try at Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (review), which can do the following work for you:
– Convert all unsupported video including commercial Blu-ray/DVD disc and digital video with the codec of H.265, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Xvid, Divxd, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Prores, etc into Instagram compatible H.264/MP4 video codec.
– Transcode unsupported audio codec including MP3, WMA, AC3, DTS, FLAC, ALAC, DTS-HD, PCM, LPCM, etc to Instagram readable AAC audio codec
– Adjust output video frame rate as 29.96 fps, bit rate as 3500 kbps and file size as 1920×1080 or small file resolution
– If the video length is over 60 seconds, you can use the trim function to cut off video to remove unwanted comments, trailers or ads from the video.
– If the video aspect ratio is not 16:9 or 1:1, there will be black bars around the top and bottom or left or right, you can use the crop function built-into the program to adjust the output aspect ratio to the correct aspect ratio.

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Step by Step to Upload Unsupported Video to Instagram with Best Format and Settings

Step 1: Load unsupported video into the program.

Start the program on your computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import DJI 4K video. For loading Blu-ray or DVD disc, insert your Blu-ray/DVD disc into an internal or external Blu-ray/DVD drive, then click “File” > “Load from disc”.

load video/dvd/blu-ray

Step 2: Output Instagram supported file format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select to output Instagram compatible “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Instagram supported video format

Step 3: Produce Instagram compatible profile settings.

Click “Settings” icon on the main interface to open the “Profile Settings” window, under video section, set the output video codec as “H.264” output resolution as”1920*1080 or”1080*720, frame rate as 29.96fps, bit rate as 3500Kbps. Under audio section, set the audio codec as aac, sample rate as 44100, channels as mono.

Step 4: Trim video length.

If the video is longer than 60 seconds, you can reduce its length under the “Trim” tab in “Video Editor” window. Just drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to “Start” and “End” box.


Step 5: Crop video black bars.

If the video is not using Instagram compatible 16:9 or 1:1 aspect ratio, you can change the aspect ratio under the “Crop” tab in “Video Editor” window. In the right panel of the program, click to switch to advanced mode. Click the “lock” icon to enable “Keep Ratio” option. If you want to keep the cropped aspect ratio, Pavtube software offers several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1.

Change video aspect ratio

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert and compress unsupported video to the best formats and settings for Instagram.

When the conversion is completed, you can smoothly upload and share any video on Instagram.

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