Instagram is one of the most popular video sharing platforms today, providing users with a number of content options, including in-feed posts, Instagram Stories and IGTV videos. However, whenever you upload a video to Instagram, there are certain guidelines for each type of content you need to adhere to, if you want your videos to look perfect on Instagram.
So, here is a guide that will describe different types of aspect ratios ideal for Instagram, as well as a few tips for posting perfectly-fitting videos:
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Which aspect ratios are recommended for Instagram?
The aspect ratio is the correlation between the height and the width of the video. This usually depends on your device’s screen or the ratio that was previously set for every recording.
Here are the aspect ratios that Instagram supports, as well as the best options for each type of post:
- In-Feed video posts: Square (1:1), Vertical (4:5) and Landscape (1.91:1)
- Instagram Story and IGTV posts: Vertical/Portrait (9:16)
How to post perfectly-fitting videos on Instagram
If your video already has one of the above-mentioned aspect ratios, then it should have no problem fitting perfectly on Instagram.
When it comes to Instagram Stories and IGTV, portrait videos (9:16) will automatically fit onto the screen when you upload them.
The In-Feed posts work a bit differently. When you select a video from your gallery to post on Instagram, the preview post will most likely be cropped to a square ratio. If you want to keep the original ratio of your video when you post, simply tap the two arrows in the bottom-left corner of the preview post. The whole video will now fit into your Instagram post.
Note: If the video you are trying to post has a different aspect ratio, Instagram will automatically cut it to fit its predetermined layout. Although the video will now fit, it might not always be the best option, as some important aspects of the video might end up being cropped out.
What to do if the aspect ratio doesn’t match?
If the aspect ratio of your video doesn’t match the ones Instagram supports, but you don’t want your video to end up being cropped while uploading, you can still fit your whole video into an Instagram post, with a few additional steps.
There are many online tools, such as Animaker and Clideo, which will allow you to resize a video to fit perfectly on Instagram. All you have to do is upload your video to a website, choose one of the aspect ratios that Instagram supports, and download your video after it’s finished resizing. The dimensions will now ideally fit an Instagram post or story, allowing you to share your videos without any cropping or other inconvenient issues.
If you plan on posting videos to Instagram, it would be highly recommended to follow the aspect ratio guidelines. But even if you end up with videos of different sizes, there are still many helpful online tools that will allow you to perfectly fit your video on Instagram, in a few quick and simple steps.