Instagram video has quickly become one of the most sought-after platform features. From Stories to Reels, in-feed videos, and more, there are so many ways to tell a visual story.
While Instagram videos are popular, not every video makes it to the front page. Different videos serve different purposes, and as a result, have different requirements.
If you want your videos to perform well, you need to do things by the books! This means paying attention to sizing requirements for each type of video.
There are currently offers four different video formats on the Instagram platform. These are:
- Instagram Reels
- In-Feed Videos
- Instagram Stories
- Instagram Live
In this post, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about Instagram video sizes, dimensions, and formats in 2022. This will keep your visual stories looking their best, so you can spend more time winning the algorithm.
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Instagram video sizes
Size requirements for Instagram Reels are:
- 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels
- Max file size 4GB
The Instagram video size for Reels is 1080px by 1920px. This is the standard size for most videos on the platform, so you shouldn’t have any trouble creating videos that fit these dimensions.
Tip: Reels can now be 60 seconds long, so use that extra time to wow your audience!
Reels. up to 60 secs. starting today. pic.twitter.com/pKWIqtoXU2
— Instagram (@instagram) July 27, 2021
In-feed video size
Size requirements for Instagram in-feed videos are:
- 1080 x 1080 pixels (landscape)
- 1080 x 1350 pixels (portrait)
- Max file size 4GB
The Instagram video size for in-feed video is 1080px by 1350px, but you can also use 1080×1080, 1080×608, or 1080×1350 if needed.
Tip: Videos that use 1080×608 may be cut off or truncated in user feeds. For optimal viewing pleasure, stick to the landscape and portrait sizes listed above.
Size requirements for Instagram Stories are:
- 1080 x 608 pixels (minimum)
- 1080 x 1920 (maximum)
- Max file size 4GB
Instagram Stories have pretty much the same size requirements as Instagram Reels. Most Reels are shot using the Instagram app to make use of effects, transitions, and music.
Tip: Check out these free Instagram Story templates to start crafting beautiful Stories.
Live video size
Size requirements for Instagram Live are:
- 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels
- Max file size 4GB
Instagram Live size requirements are similar to Stories and Reels, except the duration is much larger for Live videos.
Keep in mind that Instagram Live broadcasts can only be recorded from the camera app. You’ll need to open the app and start recording from there.
Tip: Before going live, be sure that you have a strong and fast Internet connection. A good rule of thumb is to have at least a 500 kbps upload speed.
Instagram video dimensions
How do “dimensions” differ from “size”? Most people in the social media world use the terms interchangeably, but in this case we’re using dimensions to talk more specifically about length or height and width of videos.
Instagram video dimensions for Reels are:
- Vertical (1080 pixels x 1920 pixels)
Instagram Reels are designed to be viewed full-screen, vertically, and on mobile devices. The best way to make sure your Reels are the correct size is to shoot and edit them directly on your phone.
Tip: Don’t forget to leave some room at the bottom of your Reel for the video caption! The bottom fifth of the screen is where the caption will be displayed.
In-feed video dimensions
Instagram video dimensions for in-feed videos are:
- Vertical (1080 x 608 pixels)
- Horizontal (1080 x 1350 pixels)
Instagram in-feed videos can be either square or horizontal, but keep in mind that the Instagram app doesn’t rotate on mobile. If you choose to share a widescreen video, it may show up with black or white borders on either side.
Tip: To avoid these annoying black boxes, stick to vertical videos.
Instagram video dimensions for Stories are:
- Vertical (min: 1080 x 608 pixels, max: 1080 x 1920)
Like Reels, Stories are designed to be watched vertically, so make sure you film your video on your phone or in portrait mode.
Tip: If you want your Story to fill the whole screen, shoot your video with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution.
Live video dimensions
Dimensions for Instagram Live are:
- Vertical (1080 x 1920 pixels)
All Instagram Live videos are streamed directly from mobile devices and must be shot vertically.
Tip: The Instagram app will not rotate with your phone, so be sure to stay in portrait mode throughout your broadcast.
Instagram video aspect ratio
Reels aspect ratio
The aspect ratio for Instagram Reels is:
The aspect ratio of a video is the width in relation to the height. The first digit always represents the width and the second represents the height.
It’s important that your videos stay within the Instagram recommended aspect ratios so that none of your content is cut off.
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In-feed aspect ratio
The aspect ratio for in-feed videos is:
- 4:5 (1.91:1 to 9:16 are supported)
You can also upload Instagram feed videos in square formats, using a 1080×1080 pixel format or 1:1 aspect ratio.
Tip: The majority of Instagram users access the app through a mobile device. Instagram videos in vertical or portrait modes will show up better on these devices.
Stories aspect ratio
The aspect ratio for Instagram Stories is:
Like Reels and Live broadcasts, Stories perform best when shot in vertical or portrait mode.
Tip: More than 500 million Instagram accounts watch Stories every day. If you haven’t experimented with this format yet, it’s time to start.
Live video aspect ratio
The aspect ratio for Instagram Live video is:
Luckily, the aspect ratio of Instagram Live is set within the app. Keep in mind, you can’t change the size once you’ve started.
Tip: Download your Instagram Live video and upload it to your feed, website, or Reels later!
Instagram video size limit
Reels size limit
Size limits for Instagram Reels are:
- 4GB (60 seconds of video)
The Instagram video size limit for Reels is 4GB for 60 seconds of recorded video. We recommend staying below 15MB to reduce upload time.
Tip: 9 out of 10 Instagram users watch video content weekly. Post Reels regularly to grab their attention.
In-feed size limit
Size limits for Instagram in-feed videos are:
- 650MB (for 10 minutes videos or shorter)
- 3.6GB (60 minutes videos)
Instagram allows up to 650MB for videos 10 minutes or less in length. Your video can be up to 60 minutes as long as it doesn’t exceed 3.6GB.
Tip: The ideal Instagram video format is MP4 with H. 264 codec and AAC audio.
Stories size limit
Size limits for Instagram Stories are:
- 4GB (15 seconds of video)
The Instagram video size limit for Stories is 4GB for every 15 seconds of video. Remember, if your Story is more than 15 seconds long Instagram will split it up into 15-second blocks. Each of those blocks can be up to 4GB.
Tip: Some of Instagram’s most active brands post 17 Stories per month.
Live video size limit
Size limits for Instagram Live videos are:
The maximum Instagram Live video size is 4GB for 4 hours of video. This is an update from Instagram’s previous Live limits of only 60 minutes.
Tip: Keep an eye on your clock while going Live to avoid exceeding your time limit.
Instagram video formats
Reels video formats
Instagram Reels allows the following file formats:
Instagram currently allows MP4 and MOV formats when uploading Reels.
Tip: MP4 is highly recommended for Reels, Stories, and in-feed video.
In-feed video formats
In-feed video allows the following file formats:
In-feed video posts can use MP4, MOV, or GIF formats on upload.
Tip: While in-feed Instagram videos can make use of GIFs, it’s recommended to use a third-party app like Giphy rather than uploading directly from your phone.
Stories video formats
Stories allow the following file formats:
Instagram Stories allow MP4, MOV, or GIF file formats to be used.
Tip: If your uploaded story comes out blurry, you may need to resize your image. Keep reading to see our list of Instagram video resizer tools.
Live video formats
Instagram Live video allows the following file formats:
When going live, Instagram will create your video in either MP4 or MOV format.
Tip: If you download your Live broadcast to post later, be sure to check the file size before uploading it to your Instagram feed.
Instagram video resizer tools
If your video doesn’t yet meet Instagram’s video size requirements, you can use a video editing tool to resize your video. Here are some of our favourites.
Adobe Express lets you quickly edit and share your photos and videos directly to Instagram. Simply upload your video, choose from a list of preset Instagram sizes, and resize.
If you find your Instagram video size is still too large, you can use Kapwing to resize your video for free. Just upload your video and change the dimensions to fit Instagram’s requirements.
Flixier is an online video editing platform that lets you resize your videos for Instagram in just a few clicks. Simply upload your video, choose from a list of preset Instagram sizes, and resize.
Check out our social media image size guide here to learn more about sizing content across platforms.
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