How To Resize Video For Instagram For Free (Quick And Easy)

How To Resize Video For Instagram For Free (Quick And Easy)

Need to easily resize videos for Instagram but are tired of bulky video editors for something so simple? By the end of this article, you’ll be able to resize Instagram videos easily using VEED's free video resizing tool. 

73 percent of the most viewed video content as of 2020 run shorter than two minutes. Whether you’re posting on TikTok or uploading videos to YouTube. You find yourself needing to keep up with trending platforms without necessarily always making fresh new content for each one.

And that’s where resizing comes in.

But that’s not all!

Resizing your videos helps you be a smarter content creator because you’re...

  • Saving time and energy by repurposing your existing content into original content for other platforms.
  • Maximizing your content's lifespan and results by making your videos more easy to digest for viewers on other platforms
  • Taking up optimal screen space for more attention by taking up more screen space to capture attention better (e.g. turn a landscape YouTube video into a vertical video for Instagram) 

Let’s step up your IG game and start resizing some Instagram videos!


Instagram Video Requirements

Instagram doesn’t strictly enforce format requirements and specifics for their videos. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an ideal format for uploading feed videos, IGTV, Reels, and Stories. 

Here’s a cheat sheet of the ideal specs to remember for IG videos:

  • MP4 or H.264 Codec (Video file extension)
  • AAC Audio (for separate audio tracks)
  • Must be between 3 to 60 seconds long (videos longer than 60 seconds should be on IGTV)
  • Only 30 maximum FPS (frames per second)
  • 3,500 bitrate (recommended)

If you want a full guide on the best Instagram video dimensions, check out our full guide.
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Instagram Video Dimensions and Aspect Ratio Cheat Sheet

image of three iphones on a purple gradient background. Each phone shows a different instagram video post size from vertical 9:16 to 4:5 portrait and 1:1 square videos.

Instagram compresses your video quality which can make your published video end up at a worse quality than your original file. But you want to upload videos to the platform at the highest possible video resolutions while keeping the proper aspect ratio. So how do you do that? 

Here’s our Instagram video dimensions cheat sheet for the minimum and maximum resolutions for Instagram videos:

Orientation Minimum (pixels) Maximum (pixels) Aspect Ratio
Square 600x600 1080x1080 1:1
Portrait 600x750 1080x1350 4:5
Landscape 600x315 1080x608 1.91:1 to 16:9
Stories, Reels and IGTV 600x1067 1080x1920 9:16
Carousel 600x600 1080x1080 or 1080x1350 1:1 and 4:5 (best options) or 16:9 (landscape)


Instagram Feed aspect ratios

  • 4:5 portrait - This is slightly taller than the square format, and it’s my personal favorite. It takes up the majority of your screen on mobile and can effectively catch people’s attention.
  • 1:1 (square) - This is the most widely-used format on Instagram.
  • 1:91:1 (landscape) - Similar to the 16:9 widescreen format, it’s not the greatest aspect ratio to catch people’s attention. It’s smaller than the first two.

Other aspect ratios

  • Reels - 1080px x 1920px | 9:16
  • IGTV video - Vertical video, 9:16 | Horizontal video, 16:9
  • IG Stories - 1080px x 1920px | 9:16 (vertical video)

It’s important to note that when you resize a video for Instagram online, you can make the most out of it by using pre-made Instagram formats in a tool like VEED’s. Our sizing and file export settings are pre-made with the best specs in mind for posting videos on Instagram so you don’t have to even think about it.

How To Crop or Resize Videos For Instagram For Free

Most people think that it’s troublesome to go the extra mile and learn how to crop a video for Instagram. But, trust me, your audience and your engagement rate will appreciate the extra 30 seconds of work. 

The “secret” is to use one simple tool to produce your content so the process is frustration-free.
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1. Go to VEED's video cropper and upload video

Click New Project, upload your video file, and name your project.

landing page for video cropping tool. White background with blue button and image of man inside a video frame.

2. Go to Settings in the left toolbar and click the canvas size drop-down menu

resizing tool inside on veeds video editing interface. Image of man on blue background inside the video

There, you’ll have a bunch of preset video dimensions and aspect ratios to resize your video for Instagram. Refer back to the aspect ratio cheat sheet to see how to correctly resize your video for Instagram depending on the channels.

This has everything, from IGTV to Instagram Reels, make sure to change your original video's aspect ratio to fit the channel. Of course, you can also resize your videos for Reels, which is Instagram’s own version of TikTok.

3. Choose the aspect ratio with the highest potential to capture attention and engagement

Rule of thumb for Instagram videos is to take up as much space as possible. There’s a reason you never see horizontal (landscape) content. The more space your post takes up the more attention you are likely to command by getting those thumbs to stop scrolling.

Would you rather see a 10-minute landscape YouTube video reposted as-is on IGTV 

OR

Would you rather have that 10-minute video trimmed down to a value-packed 2-minute version and placed onto a vertical canvas with title text and captions so you know at a glance EXACTLY what this video is about? 

4. (Optional) Click and drag the corners of your video content to fit it within the canvas

video frame inside of VEED's online video editor

Drag the corners of the video to take up as much or as little space as you want within the canvas. For example, if you’re sharing a video from YouTube video to Instagram you might place the landscape video inside a square canvas and add title text and subtitles in the blank space above and below your video. 

Try to keep the black space on the sides to a minimum (unless you want to keep it for aesthetic or text placement purposes).

Alternatively, you can also click on the video button in the left toolbar and select either Fit frame or Fill frame.

5. Export your video

Download the video file. And you’re done! Download the file as an MP4, since this is the ideal Instagram video format and will preserve the most quality when posting.

Best Practices for Resizing your Instagram videos

So, we’ve shown you how to use the amazing video resizing tool that is VEED. But wait, there’s more. Here are the best practices that you should know to make your videos even more compelling to watch.

I can't emphasize these enough. 👇
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1. Crop video for the right platform 

You need to crop video for the right platform. Otherwise, it'll look sloppy and rushed. Your video on Instagram still needs to look professional AND attention-grabbing.

You can consider online resizing tools, so you won’t have to download anything. VEED’s video tools? Highly recommend it!

2. Keep your Instagram Story short! 

Respect the time limit for each channel to keep the engagement high. For your Instagram Story, get right into the meat of the content, instead of rambling along. The average attention span is 10 times shorter than it was 15 years ago.

Bottom line?

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3. Engage with your loyal fans through Instagram Live. 

Your live lets you connect with your most active users to build a stronger bond through live engagement. While this has a time limit of an hour, you can restart right after. And you can even publish your live to IGTV.

4. Your phone's camera should be more than enough. 

Professional cameras are great, but your smartphone camera is really all you need. Quality videos are more about covering the right topics and then editing them nicely to generate engagement.. 

5. Post-production quality matters. 

Depending on the type of Instagram video, upload at the highest possible resolution to minimize the quality loss. You want your video posts not to look too pixelated to prevent disrupting the viewing experience.

Taking Your Instagram Videos to the Next Level

After resizing your video, you can also do other things to up your video quality.Here’s how can you actually do this to take your IG game to the stars:

Trim Videos to Make Them Concise and Value-Packed

Using VEED's video editing online tools, you can also trim your video length in a super quick and easy way. You’ll be amazed at how intuitive this is. Everything with the video length is in the timeline for you to alter.

In the timeline, you can also edit the video length of your subtitles, text, image in video, and so on.


Increase Viewer Retention, Engagement, and Accessibility with Subtitles

Instapage reported 5% higher view time on captioned videos and a 26% drop when captions were removed. Social shares also dropped by 15% when captions were removed. Captions undeniably matter. They're not only useful for those who are hard of hearing but can also catch the attention of those who browse through Instagram videos on mute. With VEED, you can automatically transcribe subtitles and edit them afterward.

And you can also translate them. Huge time saver and engagement driver for the win!

Compress Massive Video Files Into Smaller Easy-to-Publish Files

If your video file size is too large for Instagram’s video limit, you can use VEED to compress your video. Note: the maximum file size for videos under 10 minutes is 650 MB. For those up to 60 minutes, it’s 3.6 GB.

Improve Click-Through On Your Profile Feed with Text on Video (like Gary Vee)

Some content creators add overlay text above and below their videos to indicate what the video is about. You can use VEED to drag and drop text overlays.Some content creators add overlay text above and below their videos to indicate what the video is about. You can use VEED to drag and drop text overlays.

Use filters‍

You can also add filters and other special effects. There’s also a catalog of preset video filters and coloring controls to change your video’s exposure, brightness, saturation, and more.
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Start with ready-to-use templates

Not all of us are natural creatives, sad but true. Even so, this should not stop you from creating quality videos on Instagram (or any other social channels). This is where pre-made, beautiful, and customizable templates shine! Have a go with any of the templates that closely align with your personal branding and just tweak a few bits and pieces here and there. Before you know it, you’ve created a masterpiece!


Stock up on high quality video elements

You are not required to whip up everything that’s in your video by yourself. There’s a lot of high quality stock images, stock videos, GIFs, or even frames that you can mix and match for your videos. Once you’ve found out your favorite icons, it’s easier to plan out new videos with it. Plus, you can reduce the risk of poor quality after resizing or editing if you have high quality elements to start with.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Instagram Video

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Instagram Video File Too Large? Here’s how to compress your video.

Instagram has a 4GB limit for video files. This is a crucial detail because file’s that are way too big will need to be compressed, and compressing your files can often lead to loss in quality.

But should this stop you from producing more valuable content on Instagram? Of course, not! Just head onto VEED’s video compressor, choose a video, and wait for it to be compressed. To name a few compatible formats, there’s MP4 (the best one for Instagram), AVI, and MOV.

How to resize a Boomerang for Instagram?

Boomerang for Instagram is a great app that you can use to create short, loop videos that are ready for publishing. To resize a Boomerang video, just use your two fingers to pinch the video to your desired size and you’re good to go.

Since this app is already compliant with Instagram’s standard quality, using a resizing tool might not be necessary. But if your video has poor quality to start with, a video editing tool like VEED might come in handy.

How to resize a TikTok video for Instagram?

TikTok videos are set on a 9:16 ratio but Instagram only caters to videos on a 4:5 ratio. If you have tried to upload a TikTok video for Instagram, you’ll know that the latter crops the video (and in a bad way). So, what you can do is to either resize a TikTok video using VEED and other video resizing tools, or add a background behind it and manually resize the video. 

How to resize a video for an Instagram story, Reels, and TV?

The fastest way to resize a video for an Instagram story, Reels and TV is to use a video resizing tool like VEED, of course! There are tools available for free online that offer the basic features you’ll need but you can walk towards a more professionally-edited slash resized video with paid tools. 

How to resize a video for Instagram with no watermark?

If you’re repurposing TikTok videos for Instagram Reels, you want to strip it of the TikTok watermark. Instagram could lower your reach for keeping it. Use a free tool like ssstik.io to remove the watermark.

You should now be able to whizz through your video resizing process like a boss. You’ve learned how to quickly resize your video for Instagram.

But also you learned how important resizing can be to help you get more engagement and eliminate frustration from your content creation process 

Resize and edit your first video today with VEED’s easy-to-use video editor

How To Resize Video For Instagram For Free (Quick And Easy)

Mako Young

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